I like Dr. Drew Pinksy. I watched Celebrity Rehab for many seasons, and think he genuinely cares about his patients. So when Pinsky's show on HLN entitled Did Michael Jackson's Doctor Cross the Line?, I watched it, believing that because Pinsky is a doctor, he would at least be semi-fair to Jackson's condition at the time of death. I was wrong.
1. Only a few minutes into the first segment, Dr. Drew accuses Michael Jackson of being a drug addict. Pinsky really needs to take a look at the autopsy report, which states:
The summary of the toxicology reports that only Lidocaine, Propofol and Lorazepam were in Jackson's system at the time of death. Lorazepam was in extremely minute quantities in the blood. Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine. From the DEA: "the benzodiazepine family of depressants is used therapeutically to produce sedation, induce sleep, relieve anxiety and muscle spasms, and to prevent seizures. In general, benzodiazepines act as hypnotics in high doses, anxiolytics in moderate doses, and sedatives in low doses."
There were no opiates (painkillers) in Jackson's system at the time of death. Lorazepam, as stated by the DEA, in low doses is used as a SEDATIVE. Jackson clearly was under pressure with the This Is It tour coming up and suffered from insomnia in times of stress and anxiety.
2. Pinsky then brings in the now disbarred Brian Oxman (pssst Dr. Drew, did you know that? Oxman cannot practice law anymore!) and Dr. Deepak Chopra.
Is it just me, or is this completely attacking Michael Jackson and whether he was a drug addict or not? We all know and we've all heard Oxman's stories of how Michael was an addict, spinning out of control. However, the AUTOPSY REPORT SAYS DIFFERENTLY, and I'd take the word of a physician over Oxman any day of the week. (Actually, I'd take just about anyone's word over Oxman's, but that's a different story.)
Pinsky then moves to the 2005 trial, and shows video footage of Michael entering the courthouse in pajamas. Of course, Oxman goes on his schpeel about how addicted Michael was, blah, blah, blah.
After the commerical, Pinksy brings out his next guest, Dr. Sandheep Kapoor, who was found not guilty in the Anna Nicole Smith trial. Kapoor was one of Smith's doctors.
At the end of the segment, here are what Kapoor and Pinsky have to say.
Kapoor seemingly sides with Conrad Murray!
The headline for this story was Did Michael Jackson's Doctor Cross the Line? Never once did anyone talk about Conrad Murray, not once. Pinsky did mention that propofol should never be given in a home setting, but then mentions addiction problems with propofol. Pinsky did not mention that Murray left Jackson UNATTENDED AND WITHOUT A MONITOR to talk on the phone.
Dr. Drew, I am seriously disappointed in you. Michael Jackson has millions of fans who would be EAGER to supply you with information we have gathered over the past two years.
A warning to the media who plan to attack Michael Jackson rather than focus on the issue at hand. That issue is that there were no significant drugs found in Jackson's system at the time of death other than PROPOFOL. The LA coroner himself stated that it would be impossible for Jackson to self-inject. Conrad Murray administered propofol in a home setting, without monitoring or staying by Jackson's side. That is the issue, and that is what is going to send Conrad Murray to jail for involuntary manslaughter.