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Roger Friedman se queja de que Vanity Fair le copia las noticias
Friedman dedica su columna de hoy a quejarse fervientemente de que la mayoria de la "informacion" que sera publicada en el proximo numero de Vanity Dair (excepto el tema del vudu) ha sido recopilada de sus aportaciones diarias sobre Michael en su columna... y lo dice orgulloso el tio!!
Al menos hay temas "interesantes" en su columna de hoy, como el hacerse eco (una vez mas) del articulo de Mary A. Fischer sobre MJ en la revista GQ, y sobre su version del porque del despido de Mottola (vinculado a un videojuego basado en Invincible que Sony pretenda lanzar)
Sorry, esta en ingles
Vanity Fair Jacko Story: It Was Here First
I am fairly amused by Maureen Orth's big-deal story about Michael Jackson that Vanity Fair has been trumpeting the last 24 hours. You'd think from the headlines that Orth had been working night and day on this.
But maybe she's just been reading the Fox411.
We are grateful for the bone she tosses us early in the piece, when Orth kindly mentions this column revealed that Jackson's Heal the World Foundation was out of business. Thanks, Maureen!
But the 10,000-word piece relies heavily on information found right here, including almost all of the financial information about Jackson we reported last July. Everything about Michael being leveraged, about the $2-million watch he couldn't afford, about the Beatles catalog and his Sony loans - all of it is in our archives
Also, the papers from Myung Ho Lee's court case against Jackson, including the budget breakdown of his expenses were detailed here and then picked up by the New York Post, which credited this column last summer.
When I called Orth to complain about the similarities in material, she insisted that all her work was original, that she'd never heard of this column or read the July 27, 2002, story in the New York Post that credited us.
"I've been writing about Michael Jackson since 1993," she said.
The information about Shmuley Boteach, which Orth also includes, was in this column.
In fact, if you take out everything Orth learned about Jackson from the Fox411, you're not left with much. Just the voodoo stuff (which amounts to a couple of paragraphs) and regurgitated information about Jackson's alleged 13-year-old victim of molestation.
Orth reels off the name of Frank Tyson, Jackson's "assistant," and throws in that his real last name is "Cascio." That was here, too, although there's something Orth obviously didn't understand from her reading of the Lee papers: Cascio's father got $600,000 from Jackson to start a restaurant that does not exist to this day. Frank Tyson/Cascio also goes by the name of Frank Armstrong when he's registered in hotels with Jackson.
Myung Ho Lee was so desperate to contact Jackson at one point he sent young Frank a pleading letter at the New York Palace Hotel to put them in touch. Maureen, if you want the letter, I have it.
But here's what Orth simply ignored rather than deal with: GQ, another Conde Nast magazine, laid out a compelling story in 1994 in which the family that settled with Jackson was accused of extortion by investigative reporter Mary A. Fischer. Fischer is very much still around and has access to a tape recording of members of the family conspiring to ruin Jackson.
Does this mean Jackson is innocent of child molestation? I have no idea. But I do know there was more to this story than Orth reports. She fails to mention that family now owns a $2.5-million home in the Hamptons, a fancy high-rise apartment in Manhattan and a condo in Santa Barbara. She also omits Fischer's strongest revelation: that the child was submitted to the drug Sodium Amytol in order to secure his allegations. This is not a truth serum, as some believe, but a potent cocktail used for creating memories with impressionable patients.
"Right after the GQ piece came out, the district attorney's office dropped the criminal case against Michael," says a source. "They had a flimsy case and they knew it."
Fischer, by the way, is said to be livid at Orth, who did use some of Fischer's work in a 1995 Vanity Fair piece. Fischer, friends say, worked for five months reporting her GQ story only to see it wind up in Vanity Fair.
I know the feeling. I spent months last year digging up legal papers on Jackson, making hundreds of phone calls and sending/receiving endless faxes, only to see it laid out in Vanity Fair as news. Hot stuff, huh?
As for Orth's assertion Jackson is "finished" with Sony, this is a conclusion that could only have been drawn by columns I wrote six months ago. However, I was told yesterday by insiders that since the departure of Tommy Mottola from Sony, things have cooled off.
Jackson's lawyer, John Branca, is now in negotiations to get Jackson a new deal at Sony, at least for one new album as well as a boxed set he was preparing for the company. Even though right after Mottola left, Sony business-side people said it would never happen, it is happening.
Orth does not mention that Sony's chief, Nobuyuki Idei, loves Jackson and wants him to stay. Idei was planning a video game based on Invincible last spring when the Mottola-Jackson feud exploded into the press. Idei was so angry he engineered the end of Mottola.
So what about Orth's voodoo story? Anything's possible, right? But Steven Spielberg and David Geffen have always been friendly with Jackson. John McClain, Jackson's permanent manager and longtime family friend, works at DreamWorks Records for Geffen and Spielberg. This highly unusual arrangement is because of their largesse. And let's not forget that since the voodoo "curse," DreamWorks has won three Best Picture Academy Awards. Spielberg has had three hit films. So I guess it didn't work.
Finally, I am told that Jackson's other manager, Trudy Green, resigned the account a few days before the Martin Bashir interview broke on Granada TV. Why? Jackson never mentioned to any of his advisers that Bashir was even interviewing him. Green didn't find out until she got a call from someone at an American network who told her Granada was offering the rights to the show.
Green, according to my sources, called Branca, who was stumped. "By that time there was nothing anyone could do," my source says.
Now Jackson is being managed by a highly suspect group in Germany, but that's another story. It's one that I'll write, and maybe Vanity Fair can use it later this year as source material. I'm happy to be of service.
Lo que ya dije una vez vuelve a demostrarse... Este tio ha cargado tanto contra Michael que ahora le fastidia que los demás lo hagan aun con más crueldad... Vivir para ver...
¡Hazte voluntario! • Make That Change
Re: Roger Friedman se queja de que Vanity Fair le copia las noticias
Jeje... aprovecho para traducir esta parte más interesante que acaban de recordarnos los del MJNI:
Escrito originalmente por Roger Friedman
En cuanto a que Jackson "ha terminado" con Sony segun Orth, esto es una conlclusión que pudo leer en mi columna de hace seis meses. De todos modos, me dijeron ayer que desde que Tommy Mottola salió de Sony, las cosas se han enfriado.
John Branca, abogado de Michael, está ahora negociando un contrato nuevo de Jackson en Sony, al menos para un nuevo album y para un box set que esta preparando para la compañía. Aunque cuando se fue Mottola, la gente de negocios de Sony dijo que no ocurriría, está ocurriendo.
Orth no menciona que el jefe de Sony, Nobuyuki Idei, adora a Jackson y quiere que se quede. Idei planeaba un video juego basado en Invincible la pasada primavera cuando explotó la guerra Mottola-Jackson en la prensa. Idei se cabreó tanto que preparó el final de Mottola.
¡Hazte voluntario! • Make That Change
Mmm... al final será verdad eso de que "vuestras plegarias serán escuchadas" porque, seamos sinceros, la única compañía que puede medirse con Sony es Universal, y después de ver cómo trataron a Mariah Carey, pues qué queréis que os diga, que se quede en Sony aunque, como dijo alguien, si al final se queda en Sony, vamos a tener que comernos los carteles de "Sony sucks!"
Re: Re: Roger Friedman se queja de que Vanity Fair le copia las noticias
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