June 6, 2005
Think celebrity trials and sensationalist journalism were born yesterday? Think again.
The ongoing trial of Michael Jackson has put me in mind of the murder trial of international celebrity Fatty Arbuckle in 1921 — the sexual details printed in the daily press titillated a moralistic nation and ended in the ruin of one of the most talented comedians of the era.
A little food for thought as we suffer under the onslaught of contemporary sensationalism…