July 8th, 2009
07:01 PM ET

Evening Buzz: New twists in Jackson investigation

[cnn-photo-caption image="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/07/08/jackson.dermatologist/art.klein.gi.jpg" caption="When asked if he were the father of Jackson's oldest children, Klein said 'not to the best of my knowledge.'"]

Anna Duning
AC360º Intern

The memorial service is over, but there are new twists in the investigation surrounding Michael Jackson’s death. “To the best of my knowledge, I’m not the father of these children,” Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson’s dermatologist, told ABC News this morning. It was a strange response, provoking questions about Klein’s relationship with the biological mother of Jackson’s two oldest children, Debbie Rowe, who worked in Klein’s office for 23 years.

Dr. Klein will be a guest on Larry King Live tonight. Don’t miss the interview on CNN at 9pm ET followed by AC360° at 10pm ET. Randi Kaye is working this story for us tonight. A source tells her that Dr. Klein is on a list of doctors investigators want to talk with as they look into the cause of Jackson’s death. We’ll have the late breaking details.

There’s also word tonight that the Jackson family tried an intervention to get Michael to stop using drugs. Drew Griffin will have that angle.

Overseas, President Obama is meeting with the world’s economic powers in Italy for the G8 conference where the global financial crisis is taking center stage. Mr. Obama is pushing foreign leaders to deliver stimulus packages abroad, but back inside the beltway, he took hard hits today from GOP congressional leaders. They’re concerned the $7.87 billion stimulus bill isn’t working at home and scrutinized the White House for overstating its ability to “save” and “create” jobs. We’ll have the raw politics.

And outgoing Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said it herself: she’s not a quitter, but then what is she up to next? In her surprise announcement last week, she mentioned she’s resigning because of a host of accusations of ethics violations, which are costly and time consuming for her and the state. Tonight, we’ll look over those accusations lobbied at Palin.

We’ll also take you to Nashville, where police are calling the death of former NFL star Steve McNair a murder- suicide. Police revealed today that McNair was shot two times in the head and two times in the chest. Then they say McNair’s 20-year-old girlfriend Sahel Kazemi turned the gun on herself with a fatal bullet to her head. What might have led Kazemi to commit this crime of passion? And, keep in mind, McNair’s wife says she had no idea her husband had a girlfriend. Criminologist James Fox chimes in on this case.

We’ll have all this and more starting at 10pm ET. See you then!

soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Chris McLeod

    Dear Anderson,
    I have been a big fan of CNN. I have been disappointed by too much coverage of the 'negative press' about Michael Jackson. Really, can we not let this gentle giant have some peace? What about his children & family? I loved what his brother said "Maybe now, they'll leave you alone." The reporters now have a responsibility in the making of history now that he has passed. Let's celebrate his life. Why not invesitgate all the charities & good deeds he did in his short life? Now that's an incredible story. Much more interesting than what Bubbles is up to or what a Cheestos looks like. Very disappointing, indeed! And Anderson, I am not just singling you out. Most of the journalists have been beating the same drum. I guess I expected more from you & CNN.

    July 9, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  2. Melissa

    Oh for gods sakes. What is wrong with you people? Even if Michael weren't those kids biological father, he's still their father. He raised them. Stop creating an issue where none exists and leave the damned kids alone.

    As for the rest, stop spreading rumors. You don't know if any of it is true and won't know until the autopsy results come back.

    I thought CNN was better than this tabloid paparazzi crap.

    July 9, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  3. chris

    To all cnn newsrooms, could everybody just let this great person R.I.P? or does it just make your job easier to keep repeating? Huh?

    July 9, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  4. Mary

    I was impressed by the interview Larry King had with the dermotologist that treated Michael Jackson. I think he finally put the myths to rest about Michael's skin. Due to the fact that Michael had Lupis and a skin condition called vitigilo which accompanies Lupis, caused him to developed skin pigmentation which appeared as light patches on his face and body and made his skin appear spotted.. The light colored patched are more obvious on people with darker skin so creams and sauves were administered to lighten the skin and even out the discoloration.

    Michael did not deliberately bleach him skin to appear white, as all his media detractors keep repeating as has so often been reported
    by pundits on cable TV.

    M.J. obviously had some very serious skin and health issues and to be maligned constantly, by the vicious media pundits is totally outrageous. I think many apologies to his family and close friend are way over due. Repeating inaccurate gossip and accusations is not credible reporting

    A Micheal Jackson Fan

    July 9, 2009 at 1:58 am |
  5. cynthia moore

    The CNN sensationalism is repulsive. One "reporter" just told the world some long, rumor-laden story about Michael Jackson's stint of living in Vegas. He tried to legitimize the garbage of a nothing story by peppering it with "reportedly" and "my sources tell me." It was just a babble of pointless gossip about Janet visiting her brother and being alarmed at his condition. This is not news. It has nothing to do with fact. It's not able to be substantiated. This lazy, slippery storytelling is hideous and toxic. These people do such a disservice to the tenor of television and, in turn, to the collective consciousness.

    I just heard Anderson Cooper ask the world if Michael Jackson's kids should be home schooled. What?! Where did journalistic standards go? Where are the journalists?!

    July 9, 2009 at 1:57 am |
  6. GO

    I am glad to read that I am not the only one tired of seeing the MJ coverage. I agree it is on way to much currently and there are millions of other events going on to cover. I also respect MJ for what he has done and accomplished. Sadly to say, after I have seen MJ on most channels all through out the day 24/7 we put the death of one person higher than the soldiers, police officers and firefighters that are fighting for us every day. It is time to stop shining the light on celebs, there are other news channels that are specifically meant for that. CNN I love you and I hope you learn from the people writing these comments when they say enough is enough.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:47 am |
  7. TexasPatriot

    I love Micheal Jackson and may he rest in peace. My God also bless his beautiful children.

    I am shocked at the number of haters who insist on comparing our military members to Michael's celebrity. There is no comparison. Although our service members of which I was once one, do excellent work but they are not superstars beloved my millions. There is simply no comparison. I am afraid that comparison is a bad attempt by "racists" to diminish the work of a very talented and kind man who lived among us for a very short period of time. God bless and keep you Micheal Jackson, you are loved.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:47 am |
  8. Kim E.

    Anderson, Have a question... Remember it was a 1/2 hour before 911 was called for assistance for MJ? Well, that it is an extremely long time in that type of situation. Yeah, the dr. had all these excuses, no cell phone, didn't know the address, blah, blah, blah. (Seriously, how many people were on staff that day? There is no good reason why he didn't have someone there in a matter of seconds, it's Michael Jackson for Gods Sake. Where were the kids? If that man had opened his mouth and screamed at the top of his lungs, someone would have there instantly.) My question is, has anyone thought that a portion of that HALF AN HOUR frame of time was devoted to cleaning up a mess, pulling the IV out of Michael's arm, stashing damaging evidence? I think it's pretty convenient that the good doctor rode in the ambulance with him. Is it possible that he had the needle, IV tube stuck in his pocket and once he got to the hospital, easily thrown it all away, along with all the other hospital's refuse? In all the mayhem, no one would notice or even think of it.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:47 am |
  9. Karen Caffee

    My wish is that every news organization and every person would stop and think for just a few moments.

    The line of sensitivity and good taste has been crossed so many times in the two weeks since Michael Jackson died by both sides – the media and the public. Michael was his children's father – the only father that they have ever known – period, end of story. They are his children – period, end of story. They deserve our prayers and our good wishes, and our public outrage IF their future is compromised. This is what all children deserve, but somehow the outrage doesn't build for 'regular people' children until it's almost or too late. For now, it's time to let them begin to PRIVATELY process their loss with the family that they know. (Personally, I hope that Janet takes them to live with her)

    As for the McNair children, it's unfortunate that it appears that the frenzy is gathering sleazy steam. Why can't the media and the public remember and respect the fact that CHILDREN/KIDS have lost someone who could be the center of their universe? Have we as adults forgotten how hurtful words can be to a child? And innuendo? And pictures of the other person??? Wait, we just forgot all about that with the Jackson children.

    We need to give the Jackson and McNair children a break. If you just have to 'talk' about something, how about talking or reading to blind or senior citizens, or volunteering to do something for our troops, or volunteer to do something to benefit children in your hometown?

    Please, just think about it.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:46 am |
  10. Dorothy

    i think that people should just leave MJ's children alone, I think it is sad for all these things to be said especially when his Paris spoke up at the memorial, take her word for it that no one will ever take their daddy's place in there life just becuase people say that they came from a donor doesn't make that donor their dad, any one can make a baby but it tack more than that to be a parent, i also think that people should just leave MJ alone and let him rest in peace!! let his children be with the grandma Katherine and remember there father the way he was when around his children and family!

    July 9, 2009 at 1:46 am |
  11. Nikki

    Ok first the media just needs to leave MJs kids out of this whole thing. I can understand investigating how he died because of the massive prescription drug problem we have in this country and stuff like that needs to be addressed but DONT make him seem like a cracked out drug addict. And dont talk about his kids like they are just something he owned. They are human beings as he was. And everyone complaining about the lack of other news being shown. Just stop. I watch CNN everyday and all i hear about is the soldiers dying, the distress of other countries, how bad off our financial system is. So dont sit here and act like they dont cover any of that. Whether I hear about the recent car bomb going off in Irag or a great American legend who contributed to SAVING lives, its equally depressing. If you are so for covering and stopping all the violence in the world then get off your computers and couches and enlist in the Army or join and organization to travel around the world giving aid. And I would for sure rather hear about MJ 24 hours a day 7 days a week than hear one more word about that idiot sarah palin.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:36 am |
  12. PST

    Is it possible, with the bizzare new information coming out about Michael's physical condition at his death (bald, collapsed veins and needle marks, oxyygen tanks found, the dirpovan, and paper white skin), that this was an assisted suicide to hide some kind of terminal condition that may have impaired his ability to go through with his comeback European tour?

    July 9, 2009 at 1:36 am |
  13. Southern States

    The memorial for MJ was wonderful in a great dedication to his work and his life. I'm interested in knowing if the owners of Neverland considered continuing MJ's work of love for the less fortune and ill children in our world. Why not have Neverland a place where children and adults, if necessary, come to relax and enjoy time away from the day-to-day problems in life just as MJ made it for thousands of children through the years. Also, this place could be reserved by other celebrities for youth camps. I believe MJ will be well pleased to know this property will continue as he had envisioned long ago. Helping the children and bringing healing the world.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:36 am |
  14. Ingrid

    This comment is for Anderson. Anderson, you are one of the very few genuine tv journalists the country has at the moment. I am however quite disappointed with your coverage of MJ's death. MJ was an artist. Artists often lead difficult, complicated lives. Why does your coverage have to parade his diffcult personal life so much? Why not treat artists with some degree of respect, for their talent, for what they give to the world through their talent? MJ's music gave a lot to the world – something many will not understand. It's painful to watch him being humiliated publicly all over again. Why feed into the leery tendencies of the public, which love to find ways and means of putting popular people down?

    July 9, 2009 at 1:26 am |
  15. Elizabeth Holder

    Michael did not have to die!
    There is a drug called Narcan that reverses the effect of drugs in someone's system quite quickly. I worked in an ER/ICU for many years.
    It is a commonly known and used often drug. You would think especially this doctor at the scene giving him anesthetic drugs would definitely have with him. Instead of going into respiratory then cardiac failure, lack of oxygen, Michael should have been brought back to conciousness.
    Hope there is a trial for murder for the doctor at the scene.
    Thank you

    July 9, 2009 at 1:18 am |
  16. Aggie

    I have never watched TV all day until I turned to CNN to watch MJ's farewell hours. Since then I feel these urges to know more about his live, his children and his legacy as if it was a reality TV series. Yes, his extraordinary contribution to help the world, his moving music, his meaningful lyrics and his ingenius mind facinated me and undoubtedly helped me to strive to give more to charities. Michael's fearless talent and "strange" life has taught me to appreciate my life. Thank you CNN and AC for doing such a wonderful job of reporting about MJ 24/7. If other people complain they can switch the channel or turn the TV off.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:05 am |
  17. marie-clare

    I think that after YEARS of watching Larry King and Anderson I will be SIGNING OFF! You all live off SENSATIONALISM........you've just crossed the line. Just finished watching you try to TELL

    July 9, 2009 at 12:49 am |
  18. henry poirier

    Major Smith
    I apoligise I mis read your comment

    July 9, 2009 at 12:40 am |
  19. D

    Nancy Grace...Where is MJ?...follow the flowers...they are rather large (alot bigger then the norm, easily seen by helicopter) and usually are placed on top of the grave...or left inside the hallway for cryptside services inside mausoleums...until they also die...which is the normal for temporary placement...start at Hollywood Forest Lawn...swing around Glendale...and check by the neverland train station (36,000 lbs of concrete sounds like the base of a private mausoleum)... intombment is not burial...You are allowed to be in your home for services and viewing (kinda the old fashion way but still allowed)... Mort do not lend $25,000.00 caskets...those thinking cremation would have done the carved presidential made of mohagany

    July 9, 2009 at 12:40 am |
  20. Machael David

    Americans Americans, Americans we do anything to heat the spotlight and to make headline news. MJ is gone and people are still looking for ways to bring out negative things about him which I think is pathetic and insane. MJ is not just a Pop icon to Americans alone, but to millions of people around the world and it will be great if Americans can allow the King of Pop to rest in peace in the hands of the Lord.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:34 am |
  21. Joshua

    Sir, I have been watching your news since I was in grade school on Channel 1. I am currently in the Air Force and can speak for many that are both in the military and are not. The MJ story is over. I can not watch CNN without a complete update on a story that was over a week ago. We have two wars going on and many other current events that your viewers are more interested in. Thank you

    July 9, 2009 at 12:32 am |
  22. Machael David

    Dr Arnold, are you for real, to the best of your knowledge is that all you could say about your close friend? If you know anything about MJ you should speak your mind and the truth to honor MJ, his fans and family. The fact that you are saying, to the best of your knowledge when ask if you are the father of MJ's two children, does not help MJ fans as they mourn their icon. According to the Bible, Jesus said let your conversation be Yes and No, and anything beyond that cometh from evil Matthew 5 vs 37. Once again are you the father of MJ's two children? Yes or No? The best of your knowledge is not good enough. Nevertheless way may God be merciful to all those who claim MJ's two child are yours. Oh God, what is America becoming?

    July 9, 2009 at 12:26 am |
  23. Mac

    Am I the only one that sees a very strong resemblance between Miko Brando and ALL THREE of Michael Jackson's kids?
    If Michael isn't the father, then Miko Brando surely is.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:26 am |
  24. JAMIE

    Please understand Joe Jackson was never accused of child abuse, so lets stop the silly thoughts. How many of our grandparents act the same as they did with our parents?????

    MJ clearly loved his father he name his son Michael JOSEPH Jackson Jr. If he wanted to he could have changed his own name and took the Joseph out as well as keeping it out of his sons name.

    In most Black famiies the mother is the head and out of respect she would be the one to have coustody of the children. It doesn't matter if any of the other family members deal with the chldren aslo. It takes a whole village to raise a child, and MJ already had a village constantly around them so why not be at the main home in Encino being raised by the Matriarch of the family, with everyone else helping, thats the proper respectful way to do it, in the Black community.

    Just trying to explain a different point that some don't quite understand

    July 9, 2009 at 12:24 am |
  25. Mr. Evans

    Hey USAF (Ret) Major Jack R .Smith:
    Try to stop and say a kind word for the family in their time of sorrow because we all know the tragedy of loosing our soldiers over seas or even say a prayer or two for the families of those lost soldiers.
    But, be as it may myself and my family would like to say to the Jackson family our prayers and heart felt sympathy go out to you all we love you all very much. God speed Michael you will surely be missed and yes you are and always will be an Icon.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:15 am |
  26. Lesa

    WOW ...it has been days now that my Michael Jackson has passed and I am still in the state of SHOCK!!! Just as millions around the world I too grew up on MJ's music. I was in love with him and so on... I enjoyed his music and his concerts. I pray that his kids will be well taken care of and that the world remember the GOOD TIMES he gave us! I have two kids of my own now and yes they will grow up on MJ magical music.

    Michael Jackson I love you more REALLY I do ......R.I.P.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  27. Karen

    Re: Steve McNair

    I'm wondering how the police know that she shot him in the head first then chest? Just curious...

    Re: Michael Jackson

    I'm a huge fan, and feel that this is a great loss to the world of entertainment. He was an amazing performer and great philantropist. But it's time to let the story go. The media is grasping for anything now. I'm starting to feel drained by all of the coverage.

    And CNN, the fact that Paris said that he was the "best father in the world" is not breaking news.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  28. Matt from Houston

    Amen Mr. Smith, and thank you for your service.. I just wrote Brian Williams the exact comments, and its funny how i seen your note on here as i was going to write exactly the same thing you did... enough already, lets get some coverage on our troops.. You wrote:

    Major, USAF, (Ret.) Jack R Smith July 8th, 2009 9:14 pm ET

    Please STOP Michael Jackson coverage. It is getting disgusting. Our troops are dying and you keep talking about an entertainer who died probably of overdoze of meds. He was a nice guy and I doubt if he was abusing children…but enough is enough. There are things going on in the world that 299 million Americans are interested in…maybe one million still wants to keep saying goodby to a popular entainer. You shame CNN and your profession. How about standing above the crowd…finally.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  29. Tamela

    Hi Anderson

    Thank you for continuing to bring out all the info about MJ, like his skin disease everyone said he didnt have. All this info is really good to get out there including the not so good info. I am glad CNN is doing so many interviews and shedding a light on a very serious issue on all these Dr.'s in Hollywood that are addicting our entertainers and we are loosing far to many. There needs to be something done so that it stops. I think a lot of these addict med-pushing Dr.'s need to have their licenses pulled premaritally. We have lost 3 very famous entertainers since 2007, Anna Nicole, Heath Ledger and now Michael Jackson of which all had living children that are now without their parent. All three entertainers that could obviously get whatever they wanted at any cost but did not realize their money was not going to make their blood flow through their veins, keeping them alive. While all three Im sure were master manipulators these Dr.'s are the reason they are not watching their children grow. Some serious actions are needed to get all this stopped. How many entertainers are we going to have to loose before something is done.

    My continued prayers going out for Michael's children. These next six to nine months are going to be the hardest for them.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:52 pm |
  30. Maureen

    I have just left a detailed comment regarding MJ.....please submit follow up comments

    July 8, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  31. Bridget

    I love Mj and I feel so bad about the outcome of his life. However, we need to be real. Those children do not look bi-racial at all. MJ was so unhappy with everything about himself and spent years trying to run away from his own looks. Why would want to have babies that looked like the person he despised? It's sad to say they are not his biological children but that doesn't mean he loved them any less. Actually, he probably loved them more.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  32. Paula


    Please please please, can you please ask MJ's doctors, make-up artists and whoever knew that MJ had vitiligo WHY didn't they confirm it, defend him, come out for him BEFORE HE DIED, when he was in fact trying to convince the entire world he had this disease???

    It is almost surreal to me that this wonderful man had to suffer so much in his life, it makes my heart ache just to think of it when I watch his interviews and hear his sweet voice (and I wasn't one of his fans, I knew of him, heard his music but all just very casually. I'm just discovering him now).

    Doctors cannot reveal medical details about their patients but if it's their patients who are telling the world, why why why?

    Why did they leave him alone?

    Thank you Anderson, I love your reporting style, I love watching you on CNN.


    July 8, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  33. Bridget

    Quick question. On the show tonight, it was mentioned that Janet went to see her brother in 2007 and was shocked at what she saw. The house was empty almost creepy and he looked awful.It was then they planned an intervention. I would like to know where were the 3 children at this point? The description of the house didn't seem fit for them let alone MJ's condition. Were they subject to this?

    July 8, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  34. Theresa

    I have been watching the Michael Jackson coverage on the many news and music stations and I can say I am appalled. If Michael was on drugs, however sad, it was personal. Nothing I would have said would have changed that, so why do I need to know? Like most fans, I want to be sure that there wasn't foul play or negligence. As a fan, that's all I need to know. Whether he fathered those children or not is none of my concern. I know I am not the mother/father so that counts me out.
    I think we all fail to realize is that Michael was an extraordinary person, and that means extraordinary problems. I cannot fathom the idea of falling in love with something that was thrust upon me, like Michael and the rest of the Jackson's did with music. Their dad wanted celebrity and sacrificed his children to do so. All of them have had some type of plastic surgery. It seems like some rare form of Stockholm's syndrome. The difference is the captive was music, and ultimately what hey fell in love with. Everything else, the alleged skin bleaching, plastic surgeries, bizarre behavior, etc all seem to stem from that initial trigger. How can you be perfect when you were raised to be better, despite the fact that you gave your best. Sounds a lot like Stockholm's and report card syndrome. We gained through Michael's pain. The story should be about his death and the situation surrounding it. I can even understand the custody story. But not the other stuff. Let the bizarre lie with Michael and may the both rest in peace.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:28 pm |
  35. Cherry Robinson

    I am very curious as to why the media reports that Michael Jackson's first molestation case was settled, but they fail to mention the following, which I feel, if people knew this information, public opinion might be a little different. People that I've spoken to, who feel he is a pedophile, think that he must be guilty since he settled.

    The civil portion of the Chandler case against Jackson was mutually settled with the payment of an undisclosed amount of money. In a legal court document filed in court on March 22, 2005, it was stated that Jackson’s insurance carrier ultimately negotiated and paid the full settlement amount[2]. The court document states that “the 1993 civil settlement was made by Mr. Jackson’s insurance company and was not within Mr. Jackson’s control… The settlement agreement was for global claims of negligence and the lawsuit was defended by Mr. Jackson’s insurance carrier. The insurance carrier negotiated and paid the settlement, over the protests of Mr. Jackson and his personal legal counsel.”

    July 8, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  36. P J Patterson - Texas

    Why don't you all get out of M Jackson business. its a shame the way you people don;t respect the dead. Its nothing wrong with his children he rasied them well. There should ba a law to limited you all in people business.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  37. Ann

    Anderson & Erica,
    Heard you guys discuss Michael's kids being homeschooled as if it was a strange, uncommon thing to do. All across this country, more and more families (rich, middle class and just oridinary people) are homeschooling their kids. Please don't make it appear that this was something strange for Michael to do. My God, how much more does the media need to try to paint a negative picture of him. We have heard over and over about Michael dangling his baby from the balcony. Didn't hear nearly at all as much about Steve Irwin when he dangled his baby in front of a crocodile, did we???

    July 8, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  38. Lisa

    It's amazing how much Michael Jackson's oldest son resembles Dr. Arnold Klein. If any of these kids are proven to be his biological progeny, what does this mean? Legally? Oh, what a terrible mess......

    July 8, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
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