Recycled Lies Are Still Lies!

Wanna Know Something Funny? I Kid You Not! I Was Actually Googling For Pics Of "Michael Jackson And Snakes"...When This Popped Up! With An Omen Like That, How Could I Not Use It?

Here is the thing I really have to ask. What IS up with Matt Fiddes? He is obviously a man with a vendetta-and a vicious one. But what’s even more disgusting is that The Sun-for whatever reasons of their own-continue to give this con artist a platform. While it’s no secret that the press has continued to smear Michael Jackson’s name even after death, this latest series of “interviews” from Fiddes really scrapes the bottom of the barrel when it comes to libeling the dead, without even benefit of the most rudimentary fact checking. It says a lot when even The National Enquirer-hardly a paragon of virtuous journalism-refuses to publish a story because the facts don’t check out:

http://www.zimbio.com/Michael+Jackson/articles/V49n4TgZkQO/National+Enquire+refused+Michael+Jackson+Bodyguard

In fact, reading his latest vituperative outpouring, it seems he’s gotten so caught up in getting things “off his chest” that he’s completely forgotten that somewhere in all of this, it was supposed to be all about Blanket. Well, no, it was never about Blanket. It’s always been about Matt Fiddes. He also seems to be so caught up in his vendetta that he’s forgotten it is possible for most of his stories to be checked out. You see, there is something that became obvious to me after reading this second interview, which I won’t bother linking to because it’s garbage and The Sun does not deserve more hits and profit off of slandering a dead man.  In fact, I suspected this after reading the first article. The giveaway was when he mentioned the “needle marks” that Michael, according to him, tried to pass off as spider bites. Well, here is the problem with that story. Anyone who knows much about Michael knows that this was a popular tabloid story and rumor that started in 2002 when a series of “shocking” photos were released after he had failed to appear in court (this was during the breach of contract case for a series of millenium concerts) and then later appeared on cruthes, claiming he had suffered a spider bite. The story got a lot of press, of course, as stories about Michael always did. And, as usual, the media were jumping to their own conclusions, aided by associates like Marc Schaffel who were also only too willing to sell out:

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1459053/michael-jackson-skips-court-due-spider-bite.jhtml

http://www.contactmusic.com/news/jacksons-spider-bite-was-caused-by-heroin-injection—report_1109288

In his book My Friend Michael, Frank Cascio said that the wound was indeed caused by a needle injection that was ripped out, but guess what! It was from a vitamin infusion, and the “accident” occurred when Michael tried to get up from bed and fell. I don’t believe Frank was just whitewashing the incident, since obviously, he didn’t whitewash other incidents he relates in the book. Therefore, I am more inclined to believe his version is credible. Perhaps Michael was embarrassed about the real cause of the wound; perhaps wisely, he knew he could not just say to the press, “Oh, by the way, yes, this happened because, you see, I did have a needle injected, but it was only for vitamins…” This was Michael Jackson. Who would have believed it? Maybe in his mind, the spider bite story was more palatable.

Anyway, that is neither really here nor there for my purpose at the moment (perhaps another blog for another time). My reason for bringing it up now is because, while Fiddes mentions this incident, he offers absolutely no insight into it; no details beyond the information that is known from those tabloid stories and published accounts. You would think someone who was with Michael and supposedly such a good friendwould have more insight and more details to offer than just what any person reading those 2002 stories could come up with. (Oh, but that’s right; none of Michael’s real friends had even heard of this guy until a couple of years ago!).

But this is an amazingly consistent pattern with everything Matt Fiddes has claimed in his Sun interviews. These are all, without exception, combinations of various tabloid stories-none of which offer any additional depth or insight from the original hit pieces. In fact, in most cases, his details and timelines are so far off as to be laughable. But one thing becomes apparent very quickly: Matt Fiddes, whose one claim to fame with Michael Jackson was holding his umbrella in 2001 during Michael’s speech at Oxford, knows no more about Michael Jackson than you or me. His “education” has come from the same sources as many of us-i.e, the tabloids. Actually, I am doing most fans a disservice, since we actually do far more research than either Fiddes or The Sun.

His latest interview is nothing but rehashes of old tabloid stories that were stale ten years ago. And now, having read both pieces, I’ve come to the conclusion that my initial hunch was correct. While piggybacking off the fact that he had a brief association with Michael and the Jackson family, he is simply peddling combinations of every tabloid story about Michael he has ever read, trusting that the gullible won’t remember these stories and that he will be able to convince them that he is revealing “shocking” new info.

And even the stuff he seems to think is supposed to somehow vindicate Michael is hardly even newsworthy, nor especially revelatory. And in fact, some of it is downright laughable.

For example, this:

And the chart-topper desperately tried to BED Pamela Anderson months before his death — after becoming obsessed with her fake breasts and plastic surgery

Most Believed That This Mysterious Man In A Mask, Seen With Pamela Anderson In 2008, Was Michael

But this was a 2008 tabloid story (which Fiddes admits in the article)-long after Fiddes was out of Michael’s life. Not only that, but it’s a story that has been common knowledge FOR YEARS.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/michael-jacksons-secret-dates-with-pamela-333380

In fact, the rumors that Pam was dating Michael were so prevalent that Pamela herself had to confront them in this interview with Ellen:

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u20m2y_nH_8[/tube]

Now let’s have a look at a typical Matt Fiddes statement that is supposed to be sooooooo shocking and revealing about Michael Jackson:

Matt said that in the last years of his life Jacko had a bizarre sexual fantasy involving Pamela Anderson.

Okay, first of all, tell me what redblooded man out there HASN’T had a sexual fantasy about Pamela Anderson, bizarre or otherwise!

“He became absolutely besotted with her after seeing her boobs and all the rest on Baywatch. He used to say she was like a ‘work of art’ and an ‘angel sculpture sent from heaven’.”

I about sprayed my computer screen, I was laughing so hard at this one! So are we supposed to be shocked that Michael, like a thousand other men, would be “besotted” watching Pamela’s boobs on Baywatch?

The superstar also had a “huge stash” of porn in his wardrobes at Neverland.

Again, this is hardly news, as this information pretty much became common knowledge after the 2003 raid on Neverland and the trial in 2005. No one past 2003 would have had to have had access to Michael’s private quarters at Neverland to know this. In fact, all they have to do is google. This is the most comprehensive list I’ve found:

http://lacienegasmiled.wordpress.com/2010/02/15/michael-jacksons-porn/

My whole point is that there is nothing revealed in Fiddes’ interview that hasn’t already, at some point, been written about, discussed, and in some cases, thoroughly dissescted in the press. Simply put, Fiddes’ “stories” are not original facts at all, but rather,  information he has simply read through the years like the rest of us and has cobbled together to make a patchwork quilt hit piece.

Another obvious lie is his story about Michael’s snake, Madonna:

Michael Checks Out Madonna's Rear View

Dipping back into the dirty water for a second, this is what Matt Fiddes said about Michael, Madonna, and a certain snake:

But the tormented star DESPISED Madonna. Matt said: “Michael hated Madge so much because he saw her as his direct competition. He once stopped off to buy a boa constrictor snake when I was with him in London. He said, ‘I’m naming this after Madonna because she’s poison’.”

Again, this is not exactly a bombshell since it’s pretty much known that Michael and Madonna had a weird love-hate on-again, off-again thing with each other for years. However, I don’t think it stemmed so much from jealousy as whatever went down privately between them during those first few dates they had:

“I think she (Madonna) likes shock value and she knows how to push buttons on people. I think she was sincerely in love with me and I was not in love with her. She did a lot of crazy things. I knew we had nothing in common.-Michael Jackson to Schmuley Boteach.

Newsday, April 18, 1991Are Madonna and Michael Jackson up to the kissing stage yet? As unbelievable as it may seem, we hear Madonna has confided (OK, blabbed) that she and Jackson “suck face,” but that’s as far as their relationship goes.
 But what about the snake Madonna?
Matt said: “Michael hated Madge so much because he saw her as his direct competition. He once stopped off to buy a boa constrictor snake when I was with him in London. He said, ‘I’m naming this after Madonna because she’s poison’.”
However, let’s back up here. Matt Fiddes did not even know Michael until the early 2000’s. Yet I had distinctly recalled seeing a photo of Michael and some children at Neverland with a pet snake named Madonna in the early 90’s.  And here is a passage from Lisa D. Campbell’s The King of Pop’s Darkest Hour, which not only confirms that Michael had a snake named Madonna long before Fiddes ever knew Michael, but also explains why the snake was named Madonna (an explanation that has nothing to do with poison):
More info on Michael’s snake Madonna, which backs up that she was an albino python, and not a boa constrictor at all. Unless there were two pet snakes named Madonna at two different times, somone is lying big time!
Here Michael Is Shown With A Group Of Kids And His Albino Python Named Madonna In June of 1993...LONG Before Fiddes' Claim That He Bought A Boa Constrictor He Named Madonna In Early 2000's!
However, it appears that the real source of Fiddes’ story about the snake named Madonna is this old Globe story from 2002. All he has done, it seems, is to recycle an old tabloid story from a decade ago-and conveniently insert himself into it!
So, is this a statement on how desperate the Sun has become, that they are paying good money now for recycled tabloid stories from their competitors?
It’s also completely feasible that, with Michael’s crazy sense of humor, any remark about a snake being named Madonna “because she’s poison” could have also been a joke-a joke that Fiddes is now trying to take out of context. There is no way to know for sure, but one fact we do know: Michael had a snake named Madonna LONG before the time Fiddes claims to have been with him when he purchased a snake named Madonna in London, and besides, pythons are not poisonous!
Not to mention, I believe he is submitting obviously photoshopped pics of himself and Michael to make it look like they had more contact than they actually did. I could be wrong, but something about this one just looks “off” to me:
And, of course, those claims regarding Spielberg and the voodoo doll nonsense come straight out of Maureen Orth’s Vanity Fair fantasy piece.  You can read more about the origins of that particular story here:
The bottom line is that it seems very obvious that there isn’t one original idea, thought or experience that Matt Fiddes is bringing to this interview. So if he lacks credibility on the small issues, how much credibility does he really have with the larger issues, such as Blanket’s paternity and the accusations of anti-semitism?
More on that next time. In the meantime, I’ll just add one closing thought. It seems a pity that if Matt Fiddes’ one and (I firmly believe) only encounter with Michael Jackson was to stand beside him as he delivered his powerful speech at Oxford in March of 2001, that he couldn’t seem to remember one word of that speech to use in his interviews. If this guy had ever been a true friend at all, THAT is the little-known side of Michael he would want to share with the world.
But here is the truth. That day in March of 2001, while Michael delivered his rousing speech about the importance of love and forgiveness, a snake stood at his side.
It was poison, but its name wasn’t Madonna.

 

12 thoughts on “Recycled Lies Are Still Lies!”

    1. Lauren, I half expected at some point he would try to backpedal on this story. It’s always easy to claim the paper twisted your words or took them out of context. Of course, as we know, this DOES happen. We’re not exactly talking the most ethical of papers here. Nevertheless, I don’t buy that he’s a complete, innocent lamb here. He obviously went to The Sun with the aim being to sell a salacious story about Michael-a story that even The Enquirer refused to print. Even if we give him benefit of the doubt and assume that, okay, maybe they twisted one or two details, it still doesn’t change the fact that his obvious intent was to sell a hit piece. I think there is method to his madness and his intent is to keep the heat turned up until he can force a huge settlement of some sort from the Jackson family.

      I’ll put it this way. If what he’s saying in these tweets are the God’s honest truth and how he really feels, then he needs to hold a press conference and DO AN OFFICIAL PUBLIC RETRACTION AND APOLOGY, not just complain to his friends on twitter.

    2. I just happened to visit Mr. Fiddes’ public twitter account this morning to see if he’d written any responses about what has been printed by the tabloids recently, and that’s when I saw those. Not sure why those tweets were deleted.

      I just wish this whole thing would blow over. I wish people would leave Michael’s kids alone.

  1. It amazes me that all this negative tabloids trash seems to come out whenever there is any positive stories about michael jackson in the press,whether it is the immortal world tour or the pepsi deal.

  2. Mr. Fiddes, all I can say to you is, “Good grief!! Get a freaking life and go away!”

    That said, I’d like to share a couple of amusing tweets from a parody account dedicated to him:

    6 May @MattFibbs

    “I never imagined when I sold stories to The Sun that they would actually print all the words I said.”

    6 May @MattFibbs

    “Now that The Sun has sent me the last cheque for my final exclusive I can say that they misquoted everything I lied to them about.”

    I like what Charles had to say about the Sun/Fiddes in some recent tweets:

    May 6 @CEThomson

    “You have got to be kidding me. Another Fiddes interview in The Sun? Everyone involved has no ethics, no integrity and no shame.”

    May 6 @CEThomson

    “All the claims made by Fiddes are regurgitated tabloid stories he’s nicked and recycled.”

    May 6 @CEThomson

    “Spielberg/anti-Semitism stolen from Maureen Orth’s debunked articles. Originated from a Japanese businessman who was proven to have lied.”

    May 6 ‏@CEThomson

    “Even the paternity story was stolen – from Arnie Klein!”

    May 6 ‏@CEThomson

    “Bleaching story an old tabloid tale. Autopsy report clearly states that Jackson had vitiligo.”

    1. I saw those two earlier:

      6 May @MattFibbs

      “I never imagined when I sold stories to The Sun that they would actually print all the words I said.”

      6 May @MattFibbs

      “Now that The Sun has sent me the last cheque for my final exclusive I can say that they misquoted everything I lied to them about.”

      Those were hilarious!

  3. I am disappointed in your Matt Fides. You remind me of Diana’s so-called “rock” Paul Burrell. He didn’t know when to keep his mouth shut either and and became a tiresome disloyal rat. You are playing the same game. You looked so genuine towards Michael, as if you truly cared. I still hope that this is just media trash and you haven’t uttered a word. But if you have betrayed Michael like this, clearly you are just after publicity and shame on you. Shame too that Michael would even forgive you for what you are saying. You are pathetic.

  4. Therefore, I am more inclined to believe his version is credible. Perhaps Michael was embarrassed about the real cause of the wound; perhaps wisely, he knew he could not just say to the press, “Oh, by the way, yes, this happened because, you see, I did have a needle injected, but it was only for vitamins…” This was Michael Jackson. Who would have believed it? Maybe in his mind, the spider bite story was more palatable.

    I don´t want to doubt Frank Cascios credibility, but do you really believe this wound was from a needle? I did some research and came to the conclusion, that it could be more a spider bite, especially when you look at the necrosis !

    http://www.sbcvcd.org/Documents/Brochures/SpiderBroch.pdf
    http://www.emedicinehealth.com/spider_bite_brown_recluse_spider_bite/page11_em.htm

    1. I know that brown recluse spider bites can indeed look pretty gruesome. My grandmother had one (on her forehead, of all places!) that not only developed necrosis similar to what we saw with Michael’s leg, but took YEARS to heal (and even then, it left a permanent scar). So I think it is possible, yes. Frank said the spider bite story was to save face, but frankly, the cynics would be just as apt to pooh-pooh a story about it having been the result of a vitamin injection gone wrong, as they were the spider bite story.

      At any rate, he WAS checked out by a doctor at that time who informed the court that he did indeed have a serious medical condition and wasn’t just lying to get out of his court appearance.

    2. appleh, as far as I remember Arnold Klein told that this necrosis was not just created by a needle but by an MRSA infection, which is very common in hospitals. I know from my work in hospital how an MRSA infection can look like, and so it is very possible.

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