CNN Defends Broadcasting Michael Jackson Autopsy Photo
The network said the photo "appeared briefly to provide context to the testimony."
On Tuesday, Michael Jackson’s former attorney Mark Geragos complimented CNN for not showing the autopsy photo of Jackson that was introduced during the trail of Conrad Murray on Tuesday.
“Kudos to your network, unlike some other networks, for not showing the autopsy photo,” Geragos said to John King on AC360.
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In response, King said that they would not be showing the image. “We have some standards here,” he said.
However, the very next day at 3 p.m. ET, CNN did show the photo, for 11 seconds, according to TV Newser. It was only show once.
Many viewers expressed anger at the networks that showed the image, but CNN defended its broadcasting.
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"Producers use their discretion regarding their individual shows and as with any photo of a sensitive nature," CNN spokeswoman Barbara Levin told The Cutline. "We've been judicious in its use. Viewers were given a warning and disclaimer about the photo -- it appeared briefly to provide context to the testimony."
The autopsy image was shown in court on Tuesday during the involuntary manslaughter trial of Jackson’s former doctor, Conrad Murray. The trial has been going on for 12 days. Jackson died in 2009 from an overdose of sedatives and the anesthetic propofol.