Washington: Michael Jackson’s family is asking MSNBC to cancel a tell-all documentary called “Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship” that it made with the cooperation of Dr. Conrad Murray during his involuntary manslaughter trial.
In a letter from Jackson Estate Executors John Branca and John McClain to CEOs of Comcast and NBCU and the Presidents of MSNBC and NBC West Coast Business Operations, the network is criticized for giving Murray a platform to air his views when he declined to testify on his own behalf at trial.
The executors “demand that you exercise proper judgment and refrain from airing this program,” Fox News reported.
They also want to know if Murray or his reps were paid for access, and criticized the network for “moral loopholes aimed at excusing a reprehensible program stemming from Jackson’s tragic death that not only will be aired, but which is being heavily promoted on ‘The Today Show’ in order to boost ratings at a struggling network.”
Murray, convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, called the King of Pop an “addict” in an interview with “The Today Show” that will air later this week to promote the documentary.