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Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case [Kindle Edition]

Diane Dimond
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Book Description

The explosive definitive account of the Michael Jackson saga, chronicling the King of Pop's battles against child molestation charges from 1993 to 2005, from award-winning journalist

Diane Dimond, who broke the story first, over twelve years ago


Michael Jackson has long captured the world's attention, first as the dynamic lead singer of the Jackson Five, then during his highly successful breakout solo career. But somewhere along the line Jackson transformed himself into something hardly recognizable and was investigated -- not once, but twice -- for crimes we could hardly imagine.

Even now, after his unexpected acquittal on multiple charges of child molestation, there is a sense that the real truth behind the allegations is not known. The character of Michael Jackson -- from his humble beginnings to his rich career and the birth of Neverland Ranch -- is destined for great debate among fans, journalists, historians, and psychiatrists for years to come. In the meantime, there is Diane Dimond, the journalist of record on the Jackson case.

In November 2003, when the Santa Barbara county sheriff's department conducted another raid on Neverland Ranch, Diane Dimond and her camera crews were the only ones there to capture the moment and report the news to the world. Now, for the first time, Dimond recounts the multifaceted details of the Jackson case, utilizing her extensive notes and sources. What she tells us is a shocking story.

Be Careful Who You Love will take you behind the scenes and into the courtroom of one of the most controversial cases of the decade, while giving readers a dramatic glimpse of one reporter's vigilance and unending quest to uncover the truth.


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About the Author

Diane Dimond served as chief executive investigative editor and on-air correspondent and anchor for Court TV's investigative unit. Prior to joining Court TV, Dimond was involved in Fox News Channel's continuing live coverage of the war on terrorism and also worked at MSNBC, where she anchored news hours and covered the 2000 presidential campaign and recount. She has also worked for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and WCBS-TV in New York, and has cohosted a nightly news program on CNBC. In 1990, Dimond became the investigative reporter for the syndicated program Hard Copy, and in 1993 she broke the Michael Jackson story. Time magazine cited her continuing coverage of the case among "The Best TV of '93." Diane lives in New York with her husband.

Product Details

  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0743270924
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reissue edition (November 15, 2005)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FCKM7Y
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207 of 220 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
First, I am a fan of Michael Jackson's music and have been since I was a kid. Also, I was too young to really remember much about the 1993 settlement and in 2005 I was busy in college and didn't follow the case much. Aside from a few random stories on TV news and in newspapers and watching a little bit of the Bashir doc, this book is really the only info I have on the case.

That said, Diane Dimond's bias shown like an impossible-to-ignore glare off a TV screen. It was hard to focus on anything she was saying because her choice of language and the things she seemed to gloss over were so distracting.

1. Language: Repeatedly using terms like "OSS Agents" and "Jackson Operatives" both dehumanize Michael and make it appear that he has formed his own literal army. Diane Dimond would have us believe that a specialized group of men are at Jackson's disposal to harrass, threaten, and even attempt to kill accusers.

Supporters of Michael Jackson (not fans, but employees, friends, and family) are all labeled as "Jackson loyalists" in a weak attempt to discredit them. Anything Jackson's managers and lawyers did is repeatedly referred to as "attacks" on the accusers rather than as defense of the accused.

2. Glossed over facts:
After being portrayed as victims who were harrassed and threatened and either wrongfully fired or forced to quit, it is mentioned only in a single sentance that two of the former employees lodging complaints against Michael and his "agents" were found guilty of stealing from Neverland and selling the goods for thousands of dollars. Diane trys to discredit the idea that these employees were money-hungry and disgruntled, but it appears some were just pissy that their flow of free cash was cut off.
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109 of 116 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book is cheap and I am ashamed I read it. May 1, 2008
Format:Hardcover
But if you are a tabloid Junkie---this is the book for you. Though Dimond trys to sound un-biased she de-humanizes Mr. Jackson by using the term "Jackson team" and believes every person she interveiws even after stating their financial intentions.She gives Jackson very little sympathy and believes him to be a molester based on interviews with poeple that were mysteriously fired or supoosedly quit or they really didn't even know Michael at all.
Lets face it we are going to believe what we want to believe, and Ms. Dimond wants to believe he is evil.
So I'll say it again...
This book is cheap and I am ashamed I read it.
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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Really pathetic. July 17, 2009
Format:Hardcover
During the trial, Dimond was all over the place. Larry King, CourtTV, just everywhere. Everywhere with the same slant: Jackson is guilty. Dimond achieved fame and fortune over her sensational accusations and dramatized "first-hand" court experiences. Were Jackson to be convicted, Dimond would have probably been offered a prestigious position on one of the big news shows and respect among the journalism community and the general public.

This did not happen. In fact, the opposite. CourtTV ripped the magic carpet right out from under her. I mean, you have to be pretty awful to not reach CourtTV's standards. Without a job or any stich of credibility, Dimond composed "Be Careful Who You Love," despaerate effort to salvage her image and career. Sad.

Today she writes for a site called "True Slant." Oh, oh, the irony. My suggestion, for those interested in Jackson's child molestation charges, is to go directly to the primary sources. Court transcripts are available online. There you will find a word by word account of the three ring circus that California tax payers paid $2.7 million dollars for.

I'm a fan of open-mindedness and honor. Unfortunately, these are concepts Dimond seems totally unaware of.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Biased & Not Worth the Time to Read it! July 25, 2009
Format:Paperback
Thankfully, I got this book from the library (& finished it last night). The author attempts to present herself as a reporter who only represents the facts, but this is almosty laughably untrue! I grew up listening to MJ & purchased a couple albums, but never called myself a real "fan". With MJ's death, I thought I'd like to learn more about him and specifically about the allegations of molestation. As several of the other reviewers have noted, Dimond repeats some of the same information (always anti-MJ) throughout the book, each time attempting to represent the item as "new" and as proof of MJ's guilt. Initially, I found myself going back & re-reading parts, as I was sure I was mistaken in thinking I'd already read the same info earlier in the book! Simultaneously, she disregards any information that is "pro-MJ", or attacks it in an often irrational, openly slanted manner. Also, the grammatical & spelling errors sprinkled through the text give more weight to the fact that, although she likes to think she's an impartial, professional & educated reporter, Ms.Dimond is anything but! She obviously has a hidden agenda & is very "anti-MJ", so if, like me, you'd like to make up your own mind, don't waste your time with this mess!
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
It never ceases to amaze me the way journalist "starving for a story" will take an incident in the life of a famous person and exploit it for their own personal gain. The problem I have with Diane Diamond is that during the Michael Jackson molestation trial all she was interested in was sensationalism, yet she consistently says all she wants is the truth. During the trial she did not report "one" not "one" good fact or happenings in the courtroom that were in Michael's favor; the facts that ultimately exonerated him. And there were many days of testimony that went in Michael's favor, testimony that tore the whole accusation apart, but none of it was reported by Diane Diamond. Now that he is dead, she wants to reap another round of financial gain. "Get a life Diane; because you will reap what you sow."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Biased
I don't care for this author tho I was curious about her book , I feel I too biased to give an opinion on the book
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Full of Lies
A tabloid account, that's the best way to put it. Ms.Dimond should never be called a journalist. Don't read it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by jack
1.0 out of 5 stars Such Trash
This was the very first book I had purchased when the media was all over Michael during the molestation trial. Read more
Published 5 months ago by lexieladie
5.0 out of 5 stars The TRUTH hurts
If ANYONE had any doubts about Jackson's "involvement" with kids, the first half of this book regarding Jordan Chandler and the many "sleepovers" should finally put... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Barry Lee
1.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to take seriously
I am not a Michael Die hard however ANYONE who could possibly think MJ was after little boys for his sexual gratification in my opinion is deluded or has alterer motives. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Just Me
1.0 out of 5 stars Trash
This book is just trash a sick way of making money off Michael Jackson. it is all about the greed on this women's part. Read more
Published 16 months ago by khill
1.0 out of 5 stars Shame!
It 's really a shame that Mrs. Dimond still continues to slander this man unique and special that bears the name of Michael Jackson ... it's absurd! Read more
Published 20 months ago by Rossana
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
This lady is an idiot and has no idea what she's talking about. For some reason she loves hating on Michael Jackson, probably because she's jealous that he was so much more than... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT book about a PROVEN PEDOPHILE
Face it MJ worshipping zealots, your "man" had no talent other than buggering little boys. And now he's DEAD!!! And a PROVEN PEDOPHILE!!!! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Manth
1.0 out of 5 stars A liar who worked with a pedophile to bring down the king of pop
Diane Dimond said publicly that a source told her that there was a videotape that showed Michael Jackson molesting his nephew Jeremy. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Rocky
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