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The Jackson Family: Memories of Michael on 'Oprah' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted Nov 8th 2010 7:44PM
Oprah Winfrey spoke with Michael Jackson's parents and his kids about their memories of Michael on Monday's edition of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

Winfrey first chatted with dad Joe Jackson and mom Katherine Jackson and went straight for the jugular with Joe, asking him point blank if he ever beat Michael as a boy. When Joe began to hem and haw, Katherine broke in, saying "You might as well admit it. That's the way black people raised their children. He used a strap." But Joe didn't regret the discipline. "It kept them out of jail and kept them right," he said.

Later Winfrey talked with Prince, Paris and "Blanket" Jackson about Michael's parenting skills. "I kind of felt like no one understands what a good father he was," said Paris, 12, who added that her dad was the best cook in the world.

Though the interview was filmed several weeks ago at the Jackson family compound in Encino, it was, coincidentally, aired the same day that a full audio stream of "Breaking News," a controversial posthumous Jackson single from the Dec 14 album 'Michael,' was posted online.

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James

I think the interview was a good one and that it shows how the investigation into Michaels death went and how the Doctor will probably get away with it because it all goes beyond just the Doctor. Michael was not meant to go on that tour and they made sure of it. There are too many people like Michael who mysteriously die under strange circumstances and it is all hidden by someone higher up. It happens everyday and no one notices. I would want nothing more than to talk to someone in Michaels family about my own thoughts on it all. I personally know of someone going thru the same scenerio, somewhat, and he is constantly followed, illegally serveilanced, and even get some of the people you may know to go against you and work on their end for whatever reason they may say, even if it is not true. Your everymove is watched and you have fears of playing anywhere, eating anywhere, or even just visiting friends, for one day that very friend may be taking info for them against you whether the reasinging is true or not.Michael was a good father, brother,son, and uncle and he truly cared.

November 09 2010 at 9:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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