Did he always have a chip on his shoulder? Did he once like Michael Jackson? Just when did a turning-point take place on his journalism?
All these questions just might at least be partially quenched in this brief interview. MJ.hu got the opportunity to set the facts straight on a brief discourse with the man who's had plenty of controversy among Michael Jackson freaks. However, the blogmaster is only willing to let this much leak. I'll let you know when she'll let the cat out of the bag.;)
Interview With Roger Friedman Over Michael Jackson
MJ.hu: When and how did You start out as a journalist?
Friedman: I started a school newspaper when I was 12 years old, in the 6th grade, and never looked back. By the way, it was composed on a Royal Manual Typewriter.
MJ.hu: Why FOX? And what does the 'Fox411' column mean for You?
Friedman: The Fox News Channel hired me from New York magazine nine years ago. I named the column Fox411 so it would include the network's name and convey information. In America, you dial the numbers 411 for information on the phone.
MJ.hu: Can You remember the first time when You heard about Michael Jackson?
Friedman: I've known about Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 since their debut in 1969.
MJ.hu: Have You ever met with him personally?
Friedman: I met Michael in November 2000 when he was then enthralled with Shmuley Boteach. It was at a dinner party. He wore sunglasses at night, spoke in a hushed whisper, and told me he cried often.
MJ.hu: Why did You start to write about Mr. Jackson? What was Your very first article about him?
Friedman: I've been writing about Michael for at least 20 years.
MJ.hu: Am I right if I say that Mr. Jackson has a special position in Your column?
Friedman: Michael is like a lot of celebrities who populate my column.
MJ.hu: What do You think about his music? Do You have any of his CD's in Your home?
Friedman: Michael's music prior to HIStory was pretty darn good. Like everyone, I was a fan of Thriller and Off the Wall. I liked a song he did with Paul McCartney called "The Man" that was on one of Paul's albums.
MJ.hu: Did You know that the fans used Your column as a "bible" for years? Even if You had bad news about Mr. Jackson...
Friedman: That's flattering. I try to report about Michael accurately.
MJ.hu: Now You are banned from most of the fan boards, because many fans feel You went too far. What do You think about that?
Friedman: As long as they spell my name right, it's okay.
MJ.hu: What are Your feelings towards Mr. Jackson as a person? What did You think about the trial and his innocence?
Friedman: I feel sorry for Michael Jackson. He's in a trap of his own making. For a while he could blame his parents, but his life is his own responsibility. He's almost 50.
MJ.hu: Weeks ago Mr. Jackson's spokesperson threatened You with legal action. Any updates or comments on this matter?
Friedman: No. Nothing happened.
MJ.hu: Is it true that a Jackson impersonator appeared for Your birthday party this year? How did this happen?
Friedman: Yes, that's true! Friends of mine thought it would be funny. It was certainly a surprise. The man was very good.
MJ.hu: What would be Your reaction if the fans would invite You to a Jackson party?
Friedman: I'd be honored to be invited.
(again, a lot has been omitted from the interview. Hopefully, she'll give the whole 9 yards next time.)
Source:Michael Jackson Blog(Leslie's blog)
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