DAVID EDWARDS has sent us an exceptionally thorough study of
the role of Martin Bashir in Michael Jacksons life. The
article is being reposted here from another page of the blog
together with the readers comments.
Thanks to you Bashir, nobody will ever see MJ perform again,
because you killed him
1. The Connection Between Martin Bashir and NBC
Well, well, well, it seems that Martin Bashir is finally leaving
ABC News after almost six years of reporting for
their 20/20 and Nightline telecasts.
Last week, it was revealed that Bashir
will be joining NBC/MSNBC as a contributor to Dateline,
and as a daily afternoon anchorman, respectively.
Bashir will likely replace David Shuster, who was
suspended indefinitely in April 2010 for inappropriate behavior,
and whose contract expires later this year.
While it may seem like Bashir voluntarily left ABC News, in
all likelihood ABC News refused to renew his contract, but as
a sign of professional courtesy they allowed Bashir to obtain
another job first, and then let him spin the story to appear
as if he left on his own terms. (Similarly, Evan Chandler fired
Gloria Allred for wanting to prosecute MJ in 1993. He had Larry
Feldman break the news to her, and then she announced to the
press that she was leaving on her own terms.) In a statement,
MSNBC President Phil Griffin called Bashirs work smart,
original and thoughtful, adding that he couldnt
be happier to bring someone of his caliber to the network.
Are you freakin kidding me? Well, I guess I would agree
that Bashirs work is pretty original. After all, can you
name another journalist who has befriended not one, but two
pop culture icons, lulled them into a sense of trust and security,
only to take advantage of them and portray them in the worst
You would think that with that kind of resume, Bashir would
be completely blacklisted within the news industry, right? Well,
it seems that hes being rewarded for his dirty deeds!
But when you think about it, its only fitting that NBC
would hire Bashir, because they have a horrible track record
when it comes to bashing and trashing MJ! Here are a few examples:
After the Bashir crock-umentary aired in February 2003, MJ decided
to air his rebuttal video Take Two: The Footage You Werent
Meant To See, and since it was to be aired in time for
February sweeps, all of the major networks were locked in a
bidding war to get the footage. (Ratings sweeps occurs each
February, May, July, and November, and this viewing information
provides a basis the networks to set advertising rates. The
higher the ratings, the higher the revenues!
NBC offered MJ $5 million dollars to air the show, and in addition,
they blackmailed MJ by offering to cancel a one-hour episode
of Dateline NBC that would investigate
the 1993 allegations. MJ went with Fox instead, and not only
did NBC air the Dateline special, but they expanded it to two
adding in stories about MJs plastic surgery, and his
ties to gay porn producer Marc Schaffel!
To add insult to injury, they hired Victor Gutierrez as a
consulting producer for this episode as well! This is the
scumbag who teamed up with Evan Chandler to write the science
fiction novel Michael Jackson Was My Lover. (And
yes, it is science fiction because it came straight from Evans
imagination! LOL!) How could an organization that prides itself
as a credible journalistic outlet hire one of MJs sworn
enemies, who was ordered to pay him $2.7 million dollars being
successfully sued for slander, to be even remotely associated
with this Dateline episode? More information on this can be
found in this blog post
Another example of NBC trying to sully MJs reputation
is the fact that one of their top correspondents, Rita Cosby,
was the first to break the story that jurors Ray
Hultman and Eleanor Cook were writing their tell-all
book about MJ being guilty. Her new primetime TV show premiered
in August 2005, and those two jurors were her first guests.
She was roundly criticized by her colleagues in the media for
being so gullible to even believe their stories, especially
in light of the fact that two months earlier, they both unanimously
agreed that MJ was innocent! As a matter of fact, she practically
mocked Sneddon when she interviewed him and sarcastically asked
him does he still believe that MJ was guilty?
But can anyone blame her? After all, she was
an up and coming reporter, and she needed a big get
to lure in viewers and boost her ratings. And she has a history
of trying to spread rumors about MJ in order to boost her career.
(Gee, does that sound familiar?) For example, she
erroneously reported that MJ converted to Islam after he
hired members of the Nation of Islam as bodyguards. She has
also used her show to give Jackson family spokesmen
a platform to spew their worthless opinions about the case.
The Veritas Project, an explosive 95 page expose on the
connection between the 1993 and 2005 allegations, includes an
amazing flowchart that shows that many of the major players
are involved in both cases, and how different media outlets
NBC included- are connected to those players. In addition
to hiring Victor Guiterrez as a consultant to that Dateline
episode, they also hired Diane Dimond for the Today Show, and
Sherriff Jim Thomas as a consultant to the Jackson case. Maureen
Orth was married to the late Tim Russert, who hosted Meet
The Press, and was highly influential at NBC, so it wouldnt
surprise me if Orth used some of her clout to dictate how MJ
would be portrayed. That outline is listed here:
The Veritas project
2. The filming of Living With Michael Jackson
Now, I want to discuss the chain of events that led up to Martin
Bashir conning MJ to do the documentary. I want to do a full
background check on Bashir (something that MJ didnt
do, unfortunately!), and discuss all of the events that happened
before, during, and after the filming of LYING To ..,
ooops Im sorry, I meant Living With Michael Jackson.
Before the filming of Living With Michael Jackson
In 2002, Michael Jackson was going through some hard times.
His latest album Invincible, was a commercial flop
(by his standards. It only sold 10 million copies worldwide,
including 2 million in the USA.) Due to disagreements with Sony
Records, promotion of the album was severely limited. There
were only two videos released (and MJ only appeared in one of
them), and due to the September 11th attacks, any chance of
a world tour was out of the question for security reasons. (At
that time, virtually all artists either cancelled or scaled
back their tours.) MJ felt that his album was sabotaged by Sony
in order to ruin him financially, and force him to have to sell
them his remaining 50% ownership of the highly profitable Sony/ATV
music catalogue. (That conspiracy is discussed in detail in
BACK IN 2002….WHY INVINCIBLE BECAME INVISIBLE….
So he went on a rampage against Sony, publicly denouncing CEO
Tommy Mottola as a racist and devilish
for conspiring against and taking advantage of his artists,
primarily black artists like James Brown and Sammy Davis Jr.
MJs public perception was at an all time
low, and he needed a way to improve his image and make himself
more appealable to the younger generation, to whom the name
Michael Jackson was usually only heard as the punch
line of a joke. Martin Bashir, who had been wanting to interview
MJ for years (just like every other journalist on the face of
the earth), decided that he would contact MJs close friend,
Uri Gellar, and try to convince him (or pay him!!) to talk to
MJ about the possibility of letting him do a fair and
positive documentary. So Gellar recommended Bashir to
MJ, and stressed the fact that Bashir was able to improve Princess
Dianas image after their 1995 interview. This was enough
to convince MJ that Bashir could be trusted, so he agreed to
the interview. In addition to improving MJs image, Bashir
was also going to introduce MJ to Kofi Annan (the Secretary
General of the United Nations at that time) in order to discuss
ways to help disadvantaged children around the world, and all
of the profits of the documentary would be given to charity.
However, there is some controversy as to whether Gellar was
truly objective when he recommended Bashir to MJ. According
to Wiki , Gellar allegedly turned down another bid
to do the documentary from Louis Theroux, another British
Journalist. (Since when is MJs life up for auction? LOL!)
Last July, MJs longtime dermatologist and professional
backstabber Dr. Arnold Klein was interviewed by Larry King,
and he said that Bashir (or ITV, his employer) paid $200k to
Gellar to convince MJ to let Bashir do the documentary. In January
filed a slander lawsuit against CNN after they
refused to apologize to him for letting Klein imply
that he sold out MJ. That lawsuit is still pending.
So what really happened? Were there any other journalists who
were even considered? And why didnt MJ do a complete
background check on Bashir before he agreed to do the interview?
If he had, he would have known that Bashir had been officially
reprimanded for unfair journalistic practices.
In 2000, there was a girl who went missing in England, and was
later found. But before she was reunited with her family, Bashir
managed to get the very first interview with her father (which
was shot before the reunion). After it aired, the father filed
a complaint that (guess what?) Bashir misled him by promising
to give him info about the whereabouts of his daughter in
return for conducting the interview and (as a prelude
of things to come) that he had been denied a chance
to approve the program before it aired!! The Broadcasting
Standards Commission ruled that Bashir misled the father
about the nature of the program so that he would agree to be
interviewed. (Gee, does that sound familiar?) Im
sure MJ would have immediately rejected Bashir if he had
There also seems to be some controversy as to how Bashir was
able to get the Diana interview in the first place!! This article
mentions how Bashir hired a graphic artist to falsify the
bank statements of Dianas brothers head of security
in order to blackmail her into doing the interview (Bashir acknowledged
their existence but insisted that they had never been used,
and the disk that they were saved on just disappeared),
and he also questioned Diana about a rumored affair that
she was having with her horse riding instructor James Hewitt.
When she casually admitted that she loved him, it
implied that she was indeed having an affair, and she also implied
that Prince Charles could be cheating as well, and they subsequently
divorced in December 1995. (I guess Bashir just has a habit
of ruining peoples lives!)
Apparently, Im not the only person who thinks Bashir ruins
lives! Princess Fergie, the Duchess of York, claims that
Bashir tricked Diana into doing that interview! He followed
the same M.O. he did with MJ: he lured her into a comfort zone,
and then got her to expose her deepest secrets about her marriage.
She also blasted Bashir for his deceptive interview with MJ,
and for not showing all of the footage. And most recently, Bashir
tricked P. Diddy into doing an interview a last week as well,
where he was extremely condescending to him. (Ill include
it at the end of this piece.)
Another interesting point is that Bashir spent 5 YEARS
trying to interview MJ, which probably means he started courting
MJ around 1996-97. And not only did he refuse to give MJ final
approval of the documentary, he also reneged on a promise
to not show his children at all! This is a very important
revelation!! Remember, Bashir was with MJ during the baby
dangling incident, and the second most disturbing part
of the documentary (behind MJ & Gavin holding hands) is
watching MJ nervously bottle feed Blanket after he dangled him.
He was shaking and fidgeting, and MJ haters (like Gloria Allred
and Carole Lieberman, who tried to use phantom
victim Daniel Kapon to sue MJ for millions) have used
that scene to paint MJ as an unfit father who cant even
properly feed his infant son, and should lose custody of his
kids. Also, check out the complaints against Bashir made by
George Best & Max Clifford in the article. With such a terrible
reputation, its no wonder the article stated that when
Bashir receives industry awards, there is barely
a ripple of applause from his peers! Lastly, according the
MJ attorney David LeGrand (whose testimony is included later
on in this piece), MJ signed two, ONE PARAGRAPH contracts
that were neither specific nor detailed, as such contracts usually
If Bashir had any integrity, he would have at least drawn
up a more professional contract. Those contracts should have
been at least 10 pages long, and should have been thoroughly
reviewed by MJs legal team!
Of course, the MJEOL fansite had a lot to say about Bashir after
he was hired by ABC to host Nightline:
During the filming of Living With Michael Jackson
Now, for Bashirs actions DURING the filming of the documentary,
Aphrodite Jones stated in a radio interview that it was Martin
Bashirs idea to have Gavin lay his head on Michaels
shoulder and hold Michaels hand during the filming, while
Michael talked about sharing his bedroom with children. Unbeknownst
to Michael at the time, Bashir asked Gavin (prior to the interview)
to do that to further give the impression of something untoward
going on. Aphrodite Jones reveals this while giving an
interview (link inserted in the word interview)
promoting her MJ special on ID (Investigation Discovery). Her
interview is around 35 minutes long, and at the 19 minute mark,
Aphrodite talks about how Bashir told Gavin to lean his head
on MJs shoulder, and at the 23:30 mark, she talks about
how Bashir told Gavin to hold MJs hand, in order to insinuate
that something improper was going on. She discusses this in
more detail in this interview as well, starting at the 1 hour
07 minute mark:
Aphrodite Jones ustream
Bashir also suggested that MJ invite a group of kids to Neverland
in order to give viewers the impression that Neverland was a
very fun and safe place for them to go and hang out at, but
when the documentary aired, Bashir deceptively narrates that
Neverland is a dangerous place for vulnerable children
while showing the children who were invited.
And if that wasnt bad enough, there was the scene in Germany
where MJ tried to take his children to a local zoo to learn
about nature, and give them a chance to get out of their hotel
room. Prior to going to the zoo, MJs team notified the
zoo that he would be visiting, and they requested that the zoo
be closed to the public so that MJ and his kids could have privacy,
and they agreed. When MJ finally made it to the zoo, they did
NOT close it to the public, as had been requested, and he was
absolutely mobbed by fans while his kids nervously held his
hand. It was a misunderstanding between MJ and the zoo as to
when the zoo would actually close. The press was tipped off
about MJs appearance, and it wouldnt surprise me
if Bashir himself was responsible for the leak. When MJ aired
his rebuttal video, you can see clearly that MJ did indeed request
that the zoo be closed down, and Bashir was fully aware of this
but conveniently chose to ignore it, and instead give his insidious
commentary about MJ not being aware of the danger
his children were in.
(Zoo visit @ 6:45)
(MJs zoo rebuttal begins @ 4:00)
After the filming of Living With Michael Jackson
When the documentary aired in February 2003, there was an immediate
backlash against MJ. Judging by the press reaction, you would
think that the only thing that MJ did was talk about sharing
his bed with children. Shortly after it aired, Prevent Child
Abuse America, the largest nationwide organization devoted to
child abuse prevention, asked Santa Barbara authorities to investigate
MJ, and Sneddon happily complied! In my opinion, this was a
perfectly fair request. This is a legitimate organization that
is passionate about their cause, and they
erred on the side of caution with MJ . They didnt
try to capitalize off MJ by using him as a fundraising tool,
or to gain attention for themselves, unlike some other child
abuse prevention organizations like Road To Recovery and Stop
It Now, which have received backlash from MJ fans for exploiting
So after the investigation was completed by the Department of
Family and Childrens Services on February 27th, 2003,
they issued their report and noted that charges of molestation
were unfounded. Janet Arvizo said that the media
had taken everything out of context.
During the height of the controversy, Bashir was interviewed
by ABC News Chris Wallace, and defended his hit piece.
At the 5:15 mark, Wallace asked Bashir if MJ did anything to
try to stop the broadcast, and Bashir GLEEFULLY answers
that MJs legal team didnt have a leg to stand
on. This is because the contract was so poorly written
that it didnt specifically prevent the airing of the documentary
without MJs approval, so MJs only course of action
was to sue Bashir for breach of contract. If he had any integrity
he would have let MJ vet the program with or without it being
explicitly stated in the contract. Its too bad that Wallace
didnt ask Bashir why he didnt allow MJ to vet the
program before it aired! I would have loved to hear his answer!
In this article, published shortly after the
documentary aired, Bashir expressed NO REMORSE WHATSOEVER!
He had the audacity to say that he hopes the negative publicity
makes MJ more careful with the way he interacts
with children. He also lied and said that MJ and Gavin volunteered
their bed sharing, when in reality Bashir AMBUSHED THEM
into that topic! MJ and Gavin thought they were being interviewed
to discuss Gavins victory over cancer! He also said that
his documentary was fair to his musical achievement
and believe it or not thats true. Bashir didnt DARE
take away from MJs talent, but of course it wasnt
fair to MJ as a human being! He admits to shooting 10 hours
of footage over the 8 months he was with MJ (but refused to
answer this question under oath), and maybe one day he may have
a change of heart, and take the remaining footage and shoot
an honest & fair documentary, but Im not holding my
breath for it!
Bashir defends Jackson interview
And if you think that Bashir stopped bashing MJ after Living
With Michael Jackson, then think again! In February 2005,
just in time for the ratings sweeps, he produced Michael
Jacksons Secret World. The program focused on all
of his special friends like Macaulay Culkin, Jimmy
Safechuck, and Corey Feldman. Of course, Bashir called on his
partners in crime Raymond Chandler, Diane Dimond, Wendy Murphy,
and Maureen Orth for their worthless opinions. But to be fair
and balanced, he also included LaToya Jackson and J. Randy Taraborrelli
to defend MJ. Below is an excerpt from the article below, that
sums up the intentions that Bashir and ABC News had for the
British television interviewer Martin Bashir, whose documentary
Living With Michael Jackson led to the current molestation
charges against the entertainer, is putting the finishing touches
another film which is reported to be equally damaging to
The following videos from the excellent YouTube series What
Did Happen To Michael Jackson by LunaJo67 contain
some clips from the special. At the 7:00 minute mark in Part
39, Bashir talks about MJs relationship with Corey Feldman.
He brings up the time when Feldman was at MJs apartment,
and MJ showed him the book with nude photos of men & WOMEN
with STDs. But what Bashir doesnt tell you is
that it was Feldman who initiated the conversation by first
noticing the book on MJs coffee table, and then ASKING
MJ to tell him about the book. By leaving out that important
piece of info, Bashir implies that MJ took the initiative to
show him for his own devious reasons.
(On a side note, I found an article that proves that Corey Feldman
is a two-faced hypocrite. He complained that MJ acted inappropriately
by showing him that book at such a young age, but in this interview
brags about hanging out at the Playboy Mansion as a
teen! I wonder if hed beat up Hugh Hefner if his own
son was allowed in there, the same way he threatened to beat
up MJ if he showed his son a health book.
In part 40, Bashir lied and said MJs settlement was
$25 million, which is waaayyy overblown! And at the 6:00
mark, he brings up Gavins accusations. Youll see
quack psychologist Carole Lieberman talking about how seeing
Gavin resting his head on MJs shoulder sent chills
up her spine (which is exactly what Bashir wanted when
he told Gavin to place his head there prior to the start of
the interview, according to Aphrodite Jones). Fortunately LunaJo67
IMMEDITATELY shows the portion of the rebuttal tape where
Gavin and Janet openly MOCK that scene!
Now, during the trial some of MJs lawyers testified about
the legal steps they tried to take to stop the documentary from
airing, and how Bashir & Co. refused to abide by MJs
request to not air it, but they nicely conceded
that they wouldnt sell it on DVD, and they would obscure
the faces of MJs kids (which leads me to believe that
if MJ had not taken any legal action, Bashir was prepared to
FULLY RENEGE on his promise to not show their faces,
and he would have exposed their identities to the world for
the first time!) Bashir is a BASTARD!!!
Filmmaker 'misrepresented' intentions to Jackson
During the trial, Bashir was one of the Sneddons very
first witnesses called, and he truly acted like the coward that
he is. He barely spoke above a whisper (in fact, MJ himself
had to tell him to speak up!), he hid behind a California Journalist
Shield Law that allows journalists to not reveal their sources
or methods of investigating news stories under oath, and he
was nearly held in contempt of court for not answering all of
the questions that Mesereau threw at him!
Here is a partial transcript of all of Bashirs testimony,
and after skimming through it, I can clearly see how much of
a worthless, lowlife, degenerate, piece of scum that Bashir
really is! He hid behind the shield law in order to avoid answering
even the most basic of questions!! Here is Mesereaus cross
(Hey guys, this is a good website because it has the transcripts
of virtually everyone who testified. There are also links to
a Jordan Chandler & Conrad Murray website as well.):
Dear Gavin Arvizo
Q. At some point in time, you made an effort to
13 contact Mr. Jackson about doing this show, correct.
14 A. That is correct.
15 Q. And approximately when was that.
16 A. I think it was around April 2002.
17 Q. And you contacted someone named Uri Geller,
MR. MESEREAU: Your Honor, I would move for
24 sanctions against the witness. Or I would move to
25 strike all of his testimony, including the
26 prosecutions playing of this tape, if he refuses to
27 be cross-examined.
28 THE COURT: The way I would like to proceed
1 with this is that he he does have some protection
2 under the shield law that his counsel has been
3 pointing out. That protection is against contempt
4 of court.
5 What I think Ill do is let you ask him the
6 questions, let his attorney make the objections, let
7 him decide whether hes going to answer. And then
8 Ill make a record we have a record of those
9 questions, and then Ill review them later to
10 determine whether or not I feel a contempt charge
11 should be issued. Its really a ticklish area of
12 the law.
13 MR. MESEREAU: Thank you, Your Honor.
14 Q. Mr. Bashir, you outlined some qualifications
15 you have in the world of journalism, correct.
16 A. I didnt outline any qualifications, sir. I
17 just referred to the chronology of my career.
18 Q. Did you mean, when you did that, to explain
19 that youre a qualified professional journalist.
20 A. I meant simply to explain my career
21 chronologically, sir.
22 Q. Do you consider yourself as a professional
24 A. I do, sir.
25 Q. Do you consider yourself a professional
26 journalist because youve had certain experience in
28 A. I do, sir. (234)
1 Q. Do you consider yourself to be a
2 professional journalist because youre educated in
3 the world of journalism.
4 A. My academic studies were not in journalism.
5 They were in the arts and humanities. So I dont
6 have a formal qualification, if thats what youre
7 asking, sir, but I have the experience that comes
8 with working in the profession.
9 Q. Now, as a journalist in England, you are
10 regulated by a certain administrative agency,
12 A. Could you repeat the question.
13 Q. Sure. Is there an organization or an
14 administrative agency that goes by a title somewhat
15 like British Broadcasting Standards Board.
16 A. There is an organization called the
17 Broadcasting Complaints Commission. Would you be
18 referring to that.
19 Q. I think I am. Do you work with that
20 organization in any capacity.
21 A. That organization doesnt employ
23 Q. Have you been sanctioned by that
25 A. Could you repeat the question.
26 Q. Have you been sanctioned by that
28 A. By the Broadcasting Complaints Commission.
1 Q. Yes.
2 A. The answer to that question is, three
3 complaints were made against me. Two of the key
4 complaints were entirely rejected, and they were to
5 do with balance and fairness. One of the three was
6 upheld. This is sir, just so I can explain so
7 people understand, because they
8 Q. Certainly.
9 A. because they may not understand.
10 The Broadcasting Standards Commission is not
11 a legal body, and it has no particular merit in a
12 legal setting.
13 Q. Nevertheless, a complaint against you as a
14 journalist was upheld, true.
15 A. As I said, sir, three complaints were made.
16 The two key complaints were entirely rejected. One
17 complaint was upheld of the three.
18 Q. Lets talk about the one that was upheld,
19 sir. There was a complaint against you that was
20 upheld by that agency, correct.
21 A. There was, sir, yes.
22 Q. And what did they complain about, Mr.
24 A. The complaint related to to what to
25 what to how I described what I was doing with the
26 story that I was working on.
27 Q. And what were you doing, Mr. Bashir.
28 A. I was doing journalism.
Q. Please describe for the jury the subject
18 matter of the complaint you just identified, Mr.
20 A. The story was about a teenaged prodigy, a
21 mathematics genius, who had run away from
22 university, had legally emancipated herself from her
23 family. And the story was to describe what had
24 happened from both sides.
25 Q. You were accused of misrepresentations,
27 A. No, thats incorrect.
28 Q. You were not accused of misrepresenting
1 anything in that complaint.
2 A. I was accused of unfairness, which was
3 entirely rejected. I was accused of breaching an
4 agreement, which was entirely rejected. I was
5 accused of not representing the entirety of what I
6 was doing with that broadcast to one of the
8 Q. Kind of what youve been accused of here,
10 MR. BOUTROUS: Objection.
11 MR. SNEDDON: Argumentative, Your Honor.
12 THE COURT: Sustained.
Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, you wrote to
18 Mr. Jacksons assistant and said you would very
19 like to feature Michael with a large group of
20 children, around 50, welcoming them and sharing with
21 them his extraordinary home so that, for one day,
22 their lives can be enriched, correct.
23 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objection, Your Honor.
24 THE COURT: Do you wish to
25 MR. SNEDDON: Your Honor excuse me.
26 Could I add an objection to that also.
27 Beyond the scope of direct examination.
28 THE COURT: Sustained as to beyond the scope
1 of the direct examination.
2 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, you
3 interviewed Mr. Jackson and repeatedly asked him
4 questions about his desire for an international
5 childrens holiday, correct.
6 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objection, Your Honor,
7 in that would seem to be beyond the scope of the
8 direct examination as well.
9 THE COURT: Sustained as to beyond the scope.
10 MR. MESEREAU: Your Honor, will the Court
11 permit me to ask questions about whats actually on
12 the tape.
13 THE COURT: No, because the tapes being
14 introduced not for the truth of the matter asserted,
15 but for a different purpose. There are some areas,
16 however, that I didnt instruct the jury on about
17 the assertions that they wish to have considered for
18 the truth of the matter. And those would not be out
19 of bounds, because well, let me ask the District
Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, you had
22 Michael Jackson sign an agreement without a lawyer
23 present, true.
24 MR. BOUTROUS: Again, Your Honor, beyond the
25 scope of the direct and covered by the shield law.
26 THE COURT: Id overrule that objection.
27 Will you answer that question.
28 THE WITNESS: Mr. Jackson signed two
1 agreements in which he asked for no conditions
2 whatsoever and agreed that I was free to make the
3 film with him. And the first of those agreements
4 was signed in November 2002, and the second
5 agreement was signed in January 2003, just about two
6 weeks prior to broadcast of the British version of
7 the film that youve just seen.
8 MR. MESEREAU: Your Honor, I would move to
9 strike the answer and request that the Court order
10 the witness to answer the question.
11 THE COURT: All right. Its stricken. And
12 Ill ask the court reporter to read back the
13 question so that you understand the question.
14 (Record read.)
15 MR. BOUTROUS: I renew my objection, Your
16 Honor. That goes to news gathering and relates to
17 information prepared in connection with news
19 THE COURT: The objection is overruled.
20 Do you wish to answer that.
21 THE WITNESS: I think I agree with my
22 attorney that I have protections under the shield
23 law, Your Honor.
24 THE COURT: All right.
25 MR. MESEREAU: Same objection would be
26 noted, Your Honor.
27 MR. SANGER: Im sorry, Your Honor, its
28 hard for Mr. Jackson and for us to hear the witness.
1 THE WITNESS: I apologize. Its my fault.
2 Sorry. Im sorry.
3 THE DEFENDANT: Speak up.
4 THE COURT: And, yes, you dont need to. Im
5 going to review all of the questions.
6 MR. MESEREAU: Thank you, Your Honor.
7 Q. Mr. Bashir
8 THE COURT: If you want to, you can.
9 MR. MESEREAU: Okay.
10 Q. Mr. Bashir, you have been accused in England
11 of forging signatures, correct.
12 A. Incorrect.
13 Q. No one has ever made that accusation, sir.
14 MR. BOUTROUS: Im going to object, Your
15 Honor. Hearsay; lack of foundation; beyond the
16 scope of direct examination.
17 THE COURT: Sustained on beyond the scope of
19 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, to qualify as
20 a professional journalist, do you have to fulfill
21 any particular educational program.
22 A. In the United States or in the United
23 Kingdom, sir.
24 Q. Anywhere.
25 A. Im frankly unsure about how that applies in
26 the United States. And in the United Kingdom, there
27 would be different ways of progressing your career.
28 Some people would do it through the route of
1 experience. And others would do it through some
2 kind of academic qualification. I think others will
3 have a mix of the two.
Q. How did you do it.
5 A. A mix of the two.
6 Q. Could you please explain that.
7 A. I was given training during my employment at
8 the BBC. And I also took opportunities to work in
9 print and radio journalism, so I combined the
10 experience part with the training.
Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, if you look at
7 the two documents you referred to that you say Mr.
8 Jackson signed, his signature appears to be
9 different from document to document, correct.
10 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objection, Your Honor.
11 And same objection on the shield law, Your Honor;
12 and beyond the scope of direct.
13 THE COURT: Sustained; beyond the scope.
14 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, did you
15 request that Michael Jackson bring Macauley Culkin
16 so you could film him at Neverland.
17 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objection under the
18 shield law and the First Amendment, Your Honor. And
19 beyond the scope of direct.
20 THE COURT: Sustained on beyond the scope.
21 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: In the process of putting
22 this film together, Mr. Bashir, did you write to
23 Michael Jacksons assistant and say you wanted to
24 film the beautiful landscape encouraging all of us
25 to become as little children again.
26 MR. SNEDDON: Im going to object as beyond
27 the scope.
Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, did you, in
25 the process of getting making contact with Mr.
26 Jackson so you could make this film, misrepresent
27 that you were putting together a trip to Africa for
28 Mr. Jackson to visit sick children.
1 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objection, Your Honor.
2 Beyond the scope of direct; shield law; First
4 THE COURT: Ill sustain the objection;
5 beyond the scope of direct.
6 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, did you allow
7 Mr. Jackson any editorial control over this film.
8 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objections, Your Honor.
9 THE COURT: The objection beyond the scope is
Q. Ill repeat the question, Mr. Bashir.
25 To obtain statements from Mr. Jackson, you
26 told him he was underappreciated, correct.
27 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objections, Your Honor.
28 Plus, leading question.
1 THE COURT: The Court will sustain the
2 objection for ambiguity.
3 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, to obtain an
4 interview with Mr. Jackson, you told him you were a
5 friend of Princess Diana, correct.
6 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objections, Your Honor.
7 THE COURT: The objection being, when you say
8 same objection
9 MR. BOUTROUS: First, impermissible leading
10 question; beyond the scope of the direct elicited by
11 the District Attorney. In addition, it seeks
12 unpublished information connected to news gathering
13 prepared and gained during news gathering.
14 Conversations with the source is news gathering. So
15 I would invoke the California shield law and the
16 First Amendment.
17 THE COURT: Heres the problem, Mr. Mesereau:
18 Youre back to the general question on the whole
19 tape, the whole thing. And my prior statement that
20 the question was ambiguous is that he doesnt know
21 what statements youre talking about. So
22 MR. MESEREAU: I will
23 THE COURT: if you would
24 MR. MESEREAU: I could refer to some
25 statements, Your Honor.
26 THE COURT: All right.
27 MR. MESEREAU: Sure.
28 Q. Mr. Bashir, in the show you prepared, which
1 weve just seen, Mr. Jackson made statements to the
2 effect that nothing sexual was going on in his bed,
4 A. Correct.
5 Q. To obtain the interview you had with Mr.
6 Jackson when he made that statement, you told him
7 that he was underappreciated, true.
8 MR. BOUTROUS: Objection, Your Honor, on the
9 shield law grounds and First Amendment grounds,
10 unpublished information, and the tape that the jury
11 has seen speaks for itself.
12 THE COURT: All right. The objection is
14 Do you wish to answer that question.
15 THE WITNESS: Im standing on the broadest
16 privilege and the shield law, Your Honor.
17 MR. MESEREAU: Objection noted, Your Honor.
18 THE COURT: Yes.
19 MR. MESEREAU: Thank you.
20 Q. Mr. Bashir, in the show about Michael
21 Jackson, Mr. Jackson says that nothing sexual went
22 on in his bedroom. To obtain that statement, you
23 told Mr. Jackson that your romantic development was
24 partially shaped by his records, true.
25 MR. BOUTROUS: Objection, Your Honor. Same
26 grounds. First Amendment; shield law.
27 THE COURT: Do you wish to answer that
28 question. (260)
1 THE WITNESS: No, Your Honor.
2 THE COURT: All right. The objection is
4 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, on the show we
5 just saw in this courtroom, Mr. Jackson says that
6 nothing sexual goes on in his bedroom.
7 To obtain that statement from Mr. Jackson,
8 you told him that when you looked at his
9 relationship with children, it almost made you weep,
11 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objections, Your Honor.
12 California shield law and the First Amendment. And
13 I object to that question as being ambiguous as
14 well, the first phrase, to obtain that statement.
15 Object to that.
16 THE COURT: The objection is overruled.
17 Do you wish to answer that.
18 THE WITNESS: I dont, Your Honor.
19 MR. MESEREAU: Objection noted, Your Honor.
20 THE COURT: Yes.
21 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, on your show,
22 Mr. Jackson says that nothing sexual ever went on in
23 his bedroom.
24 To obtain that statement from him, you told
25 him that you believe in his vision of an
26 international childrens holiday, correct.
27 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objections, Your Honor.
28 The shield law and the First Amendment.
1 THE COURT: Overruled.
2 Do you wish to answer that question.
3 THE WITNESS: I dont, Your Honor.
4 MR. MESEREAU: Objection noted, Your Honor.
5 THE COURT: Noted.
6 Q. BY MR. MESEREAU: Mr. Bashir, in this
7 interview you did of Michael Jackson, he says that
8 nothing sexual went on in his bedroom.
9 To obtain that statement, you told him,
10 Neverland is an extraordinary, a breathtaking,
11 stupendous, an exhilarating and amazing place. I
12 cant put together words to describe Neverland.
14 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objections, Your Honor.
15 First Amendment and the California shield law.
16 THE COURT: Do you wish to answer that
18 THE WITNESS: I dont, Your Honor.
19 THE COURT: Noted; objection noted.
20 MR. MESEREAU: Thank you, Your Honor.
21 Q. Mr. Bashir, to prepare the show youve just
22 shown the jury where Michael Jackson says nothing
23 sexual went on in his bedroom, you told him that you
24 had an abiding sense that he is selfless and a most
25 generous person, correct.
26 MR. BOUTROUS: Same objections, Your Honor.
27 THE COURT: Do you wish to answer that
28 question. (262)
As you can see from Mesereaus line of questioning, Bashir
was a professional con artist on the same level as used car
salesmen (probably even lower!). Bashirs absolute REFUSAL
to acknowledge his tactics is a tacit admission of their truth,
because if they werent true, then he would have denied
them. (The same way he denied being accused of misrepresenting
his British interview, and said he had been accused of unfairness.)
Actually, I did catch him in a lie; he said that he wasnt
accused of forging signatures in Britain, but earlier I discussed
that he was accused of forging the bank statements to trick
Princess Diana to do the interview, so Bashir just proved that
he was perfectly capable of perjury.
Another interesting piece of information that I learned from
analyzing the testimony is something that shouldnt surprise
anyone: Bashir is NOT an accredited journalist! He does NOT
have a college degree in journalism! His degree is in the arts
and humanities, or whatever that is! So that confirms
that sleazy tabloid journalists dont have to have any
formal education in journalism whatsoever! There are no standards!
(Remember, Diane Dimond doesnt have a journalism degree
either. As a matter of fact, she doesnt have ANY
Out of all of the tactics that Bashir used to lull MJ into a
sense of trust and security, I think that for him to tell MJ
that his romantic development was shaped by MJs
music is by far the lowest of the low! After looking at his
tactics, Id have to give him an A+ for his excellent lying
abilities, and if I was a dirt bag reporter looking to boost
my career, I would have asked those same questions too! (Below
are two articles that summarize Bashirs testimony):
Now, just imagine if you were one of MJs closest confidantes,
and it was YOU who introduced MJ to Bashir, and told
MJ that Bashir could be trusted. How would you feel about yourself,
knowing that you set the chain of events in motion for the ruining
of a music legend? Well, if youve ever wondered how Uri
Gellar felt after being conned by Bashir, and then watching
Bashir con MJ, then heres your answer! Heres an
excerpt from an interview he gave in November 2003, shortly
after MJ was arrested:
I told him, Youll end up in jail,
Geller said. Not because hes guilty but because
this behavior of inviting children into the bedroom, the
behavior is unacceptable to the outside world, to the community,
to society, and society gets very, very suspicious.
Unfortunately, Geller said, his counsel wasnt enough because
he wasnt being backed up by people in Jacksons camp,
who should have taken a harder line with the singer and not
just automatically agreed to whatever Jackson wanted.
Its just, Yes, Michael, and he might
not like to hear this, but in my opinion, Michael needs help,
and I dont mean for what hes been accused of doing.
He needs more people who arent afraid to speak
the truth. I have my own chutzpah, I am an Israeli and I
dont bullsh. I couldnt care less what people
think about me. I speak the truth.
If Jackson had such a brutally honest sounding board, Geller
said, perhaps someone wouldve stepped in and convinced
Jackson not to do the Bashir interview after Geller had recommended
it. Geller said he felt duped by Bashir, who told him he wanted
to do a very positive documentary, a really wonderful
documentary to bring justice into the mans life.
In short, I fell for it, Geller said. But
I was convinced that Michael would call his lawyers or
agents or managers or whoever is advising him, his PR company,
and at least let them see the agreement the TV station made
him sign, or at least have some sort of power or veto in this
agreement. And apparently Michael didnt do such a
Obviously, Geller isnt at fault, as he was duped Bashir
as well, and would never have intentionally set up MJ (unless
Dr. Klein is correct and Bashir outbid another journalist
by $200k to get to MJ). Geller is an easy scapegoat, but he
made a good point: someone in MJs camp should have thoroughly
scrutinized this transaction before agreeing to it. A complete
background check should have been performed, and the contract
should have had an iron-clad, no-holds barred, unambiguous clause
that the documentary could NOT be aired without MJs
complete approval. And because it was Bashir who initiated contact
with MJ, that should have set up a red flag within MJs
camp to investigate his motives. They should have looked into
other journalists, just to make the approval process more fair
and objective. Personally, I would have recommended Tavis Smiley,
an excellent journalist who has always been fair to MJ. (In
fact, Black media in the USA such as Jet, Essence, and Ebony
magazines have NEVER used the Wacko Jacko
moniker, and Black Entertainment Television
banned Eminems Just Lose It video in
2004 because it mocked MJs child abuse charges.
You may think that in the years following MJs righteous
acquittal that Bashir was up to his best behavior and was able
to avoid further controversy. But I beg to disagree! In August
2008, Bashir made an inappropriate and unprofessional joke about
Asian babes while at a conference celebrating diversity
among journalists. Its so disgusting that I wont
type it here; instead Ill let you read it for yourself
when you open the link. Bashir was reprimanded by his bosses,
and he issued a short but sweet
apology to all of those he offended. (I know, I know, it
sounds weird, but he really did apologize! Seriously!)
Maybe the brain tumor that
he was diagnosed with two months earlier in June 2008 had
an effect on his ability to use good judgment. Ironically, the
tumor was found by doctors who were treating Bashir for injuries
suffered while banging his head on the set of his studio.
In closing, let me point out that to the very end, Bashir
never publicly apologized to MJ, or acknowledge the damage
that his work did to him. It took the death of MJ to get something
that even remotely resembled a defense of MJ, and it was so
half-hearted that he would have been better off not even saying
anything. He said that MJ was never convicted in a court
of law, which is tantamount to saying that he may have
been guilty but was too rich and famous to get convicted. He
also says that he never saw any wrongdoing. Its
too bad he didnt say it under oath! And the icing on the
cake is for him to say that he was excited about
seeing MJ perform again:
Well, thanks to you Bashir, nobody will
ever see MJ perform again, because you killed him!!!
As an extra bonus, here is a summary of Bashirs
interview with Sean Diddy Combs, which aired a few
weeks ago. He hasnt changed a bit! Look at how insulting
he is to him!
@ 1:00 Diddy greets Bashir for the interview. They hi-five
and hug let theyre bests friends. This is part of Bashirs
plan to earn Diddys trust and make him feel
comfortable. Sound familiar?
@ 2:00 After Diddy explains the different parts of his business
empire, Bashir accuses him of being a megalomaniac,
and condescendingly asks him if he would promote Diddy
Dog Food. Would he say the same thing to Donald Trump?
I dont think so!
@ 4:00 Bashir asks Diddy about the murders of Biggie Smalls
and 2pac, and after Diddy says he no longer speaks about the
murders, Bashir continues to badger him into answering. (Similar
to the way he badgered MJ about the plastic surgery).
@ 5:45 Bashir calls Diddy a gangsta rapper, which
is a complete insult to Diddys image as a mogul &
@ 6:50 Bashir asks Diddy if he feels he setting a bad example
by having multiple children by multiple mothers,
thus insinuating that hes an irresponsible father. He
then asks if it was sensible to buy his son a Maybach, and Diddy
answers by saying he doesnt owe anyone an explanation!
If only MJ had stood up to Bashir in a similar manner!
@ 9:15 Bashir & Diddy discuss how to mindf*^k
someone, which perfectly describes what Bashir did to gain both
Diddys and MJs trust!
Although Diddy is a huge MJ fan, and respects MJs legacy,
its CLEARLY OBVIOUS that he hasnt done any research
on MJs molestation allegations, because if he had, he
would have known to avoid Bashir at all costs!
Sean Diddy Combs recently gave an interview, and
he regrets to speaking with Martin Bashir! Diddy CONFIRMS what
I said about Bashir being condescending to him by asking him
about his parenting skills, and buying his son a Maybach! He
says that Apple CEO Steve Jobs wouldnt have been the same
question! (Although in my commentary I used Donald Trump as
Here is a partial transcript. The entire interview isnt
What happened during the Martin Bashir interview on Nightline?
There were times in the interview when I had to give him an
ultimatum. The questions werent being handled the right
way. In hindsight, when I saw him I shouldnt had done
the interview because I know the style of interview that he
does . . . The whole thing about giving a Maybach to my son,
thats really like a racist question. You dont ask
White people what they buy their kids. And they buy em
Porsches and convertible Bentleys and it aint no question.
Its really a racist question and put things back in perspective
with money and the way that people still look at you. And Im
not saying that consciously hes a racist. But he probably
dont even realize that he would not ask Steve Jobs that.
He would be like Steve Jobs has that money and thats the
gift his kid is supposed to get.