On MSNBC in 2005, discussing the acquittal of Michael Jackson in his molestation trial. After covering the trial from California for The Washington Postthis essay explored how confusing Jackson’s fame had become. (“He had the world’s goodwill in the palm of his hand and he shaped himself into a curio, a Diane Arbus photograph…The past 20 years of Jackson’s life have been primarily about making us uncomfortable. He dances right up to the threshold of our cultural anxieties, then denies doing any such thing.”)