David Walsh of World Socialist Web Site weighed in on the child molestation charges leveled against Michael Jackson, blaming the religious right trying to bring down the singer. Walsh writes, “The campaign by Santa Barbara authorities against Jackson has reactionary political and social overtones. County district attorney Tom Sneddon is a conservative Republican with an ax to grind. In 1993 he was hoping to prosecute Jackson on similar charges when the singer settled out of court with a family that had launched a civil suit.” Read more.
Is Jacko Wacko?
December 1, 2003 – Ajit Saldanha of Mid-Day Mumbai writes, “Jacko…a substantial proportion of international media coverage seems to have been devoted to the molestation issue despite more pressing concerns like the Istanbul bombing. Child molestation is a touchy topic: it’s every parent’s worst nightmare come true. Which is why the allegations against Michael Jackson are fraught with very serious repercussions – credibility, common sense and greed, to name a few – for all parties concerned. Unfortunately, thanks to the over zealous prosecutor, Sneddon, it looks as if Jackson is being vilified even before he has faced trial by a jury of his peers.” The entire story at mid-day.com has since been removed.