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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

The King is dead

I used to enjoy Larry King's hourlong talk show on CNN. He generally interviewed interesting and newsworthy people who discussed interesting and newsworthy topics, and only on rare occasion did he cross the line to celebrity gossip.

But for the last two months, his show has been "All Michael Jackson All The Time," featuring Jackson family members and friends, various doctors, celebrities who knew Jackson, people who are hawking books about Jackson, alleged "experts" speculating about the cause of Jackson's death, and so on.

A journalist who once was ranked among the great interviewers in broadcast media, King now has stooped to the level of Nancy Grace, Geraldo Rivera, "Entertainment Tonight," "The Insider" and TV Guide Network.

How disappointing.



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