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Be Careful Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case Paperback – July 28, 2009

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About the Author

Diane Dimond served as chief executive investigative editor and on-air correspondent and anchor for Court T.V's investigative unit. Prior to joining Court T.V., Dimond was involved in Fox News Channel's continuing live coverage of the war on terrorism and also worked at M.S.N.B.C., 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 W.C.B.S.-T.V. in New York, and has cohosted a nightly news program on C.N.B.C. . 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 T.V. of '93." Diane lives in New York with her husband.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reissue edition (July 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743270924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743270922
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,100,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sara J. Miller on June 24, 2009
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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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
I was never a big fan of Michael Jackson, but with his untimely death, I have been interested in finding out more about his life. Recent news reports say that the FBI monitored MJ for 10 years looking for proof of child molestation --- and the FBI failed to find any evidence. This writer goes to great lengths to point out every bad or negative thing that could possibly have been said about Michael Jackson and then glosses over the fact that the sources telling these negative stories are people who have their hand out for a big payout or are disgruntled or in some other way people with selfish motives.

Jordie's father (who recently committed suicide) asked for a multi million dollar payout upfront on his very first meeting with MJ. This is mentioned in passing, as if it was a small, unimportant detail. There are tape recorded messages of Jordie's father saying if he does not get the money he demands, he will destroy MJ. Um, what parent wouldnt just be calling the police?

Or the writer will go into great detail about how MJ supposedly fondled young boys, but then glosses over the fact that the witness was an ex employee, who for some reason never felt compelled to report this child abuse which he witnessed on multiple occasions while employed by MJ -- and he continued to work for MJ for years.

How did MJ get away with molesting children for months on end with their mothers and siblings right there ? The writer says MJ supposedly paid the parents off with generous gifts and big checks. If that is true, that makes the parents guilty of pimping their children to a pedophile. There is no explanation how the parents were never charged with endangering a child, nor how their sudden wealth was left unexamined by the courts and child protection agencies.
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