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DID IRAN KILL MJ
Was the Iranian Government the
mastermind behind the death of a
pop icon?
James Nonen
What Happened
on June 25, 2009?
The day Michael Jackson
died?
And?
The day the world ignored
Iranian protests
Remember this?
What Does This Mean?
• Protest disputing electoral victory of Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad
• Front and center around the world after killing of Neda Agha-
Soltan
• Getting attention off Iran in best interest of government
• Without world support, revolution hope died
Why Michael Jackson?
• Large enough public figure to draw attention away
• Retaliation against the US?
– Iran blamed CIA for death of Neda Agha-Soltan
• Which led to increased rioting and attention
World Attention Shift
• News and people replace election protests with MJ
• “Michael Jackson RIP” replaced “#iranelection” as top Twitter
trending topic
• Excessively covered even by news standards
Cover Ups
• Russian FSB reported CIA killed MJ soon after
incident and conspiracy theory revealed
– A way to improve increasing relations between countries
– Against a common enemy (U.S.A.)
Does it Hold Up?
• Circumstantial evidence
• No evidence against it
• Trying to make something out of nothing?
• One of an average 156, 000 deaths per day
Cites
Bryant, Hector. "Covering Michael Jackson."
Bryanton Post. 7 July 2009. Web. 12 Nov. 2010.
<http://bryantonpost.blogspot.com/2009/07/covering-michael-jackson.html>.
“Reno”. "Michael Jackson Death May Doom Iran."
Our Kitchen Sink. 26 June 2009. Web. 13 Nov. 2010.
<http://www.ourkitchensink.com/2009/06/26/michael-jackson-death-may-doom-iran>.
Sorcha, Faal. "Russia’s FSB Reports Pop Icon Michael Jackson Assassinated By CIA."
What Does it Mean. 26 June 2009. Web. 12 Nov. 2010.
<http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1244.htm>.
Sullivan, Andrew. "The CIA Killed Neda."
The Atlantic. 25 June 2009. Web. 12 Nov. 2010.
<http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/06/the-cia-killed-neda
.html>.
"Death video woman 'targeted by militia'."
BBC News. 22 June 2009. Web. 13 Nov. 2010.
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8113552.stm>.
"Michael Jackson: the wildest conspiracy theories."
Telegraph. 29 June 2009. Web. 10 Nov. 2010.
<http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/michael-jackson/5682778/Michael-Jackson-
the-wildest-conspiracy-theories.html>.

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Did the Iranian government kill Michael JacksoN?

  • 1. DID IRAN KILL MJ Was the Iranian Government the mastermind behind the death of a pop icon? James Nonen
  • 2. What Happened on June 25, 2009? The day Michael Jackson died? And? The day the world ignored Iranian protests Remember this?
  • 3. What Does This Mean? • Protest disputing electoral victory of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad • Front and center around the world after killing of Neda Agha- Soltan • Getting attention off Iran in best interest of government • Without world support, revolution hope died
  • 4. Why Michael Jackson? • Large enough public figure to draw attention away • Retaliation against the US? – Iran blamed CIA for death of Neda Agha-Soltan • Which led to increased rioting and attention
  • 5. World Attention Shift • News and people replace election protests with MJ • “Michael Jackson RIP” replaced “#iranelection” as top Twitter trending topic • Excessively covered even by news standards
  • 6. Cover Ups • Russian FSB reported CIA killed MJ soon after incident and conspiracy theory revealed – A way to improve increasing relations between countries – Against a common enemy (U.S.A.)
  • 7. Does it Hold Up? • Circumstantial evidence • No evidence against it • Trying to make something out of nothing? • One of an average 156, 000 deaths per day
  • 8. Cites Bryant, Hector. "Covering Michael Jackson." Bryanton Post. 7 July 2009. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. <http://bryantonpost.blogspot.com/2009/07/covering-michael-jackson.html>. “Reno”. "Michael Jackson Death May Doom Iran." Our Kitchen Sink. 26 June 2009. Web. 13 Nov. 2010. <http://www.ourkitchensink.com/2009/06/26/michael-jackson-death-may-doom-iran>. Sorcha, Faal. "Russia’s FSB Reports Pop Icon Michael Jackson Assassinated By CIA." What Does it Mean. 26 June 2009. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. <http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1244.htm>. Sullivan, Andrew. "The CIA Killed Neda." The Atlantic. 25 June 2009. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. <http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2009/06/the-cia-killed-neda .html>. "Death video woman 'targeted by militia'." BBC News. 22 June 2009. Web. 13 Nov. 2010. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8113552.stm>. "Michael Jackson: the wildest conspiracy theories." Telegraph. 29 June 2009. Web. 10 Nov. 2010. <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/michael-jackson/5682778/Michael-Jackson- the-wildest-conspiracy-theories.html>.