Soul legend Smokey Robinson has taken aim at the media for the way TV and radio stations and publications covered the death of Michael Jackson.
The Tears of A Clown singer, who opened the King of Pop's Los Angeles memorial tribute by reading a letter from an absent Diana Ross, admits he's still mourning his late friend and the ongoing news coverage surrounding the 25 June (09) tragedy is making things extra hard for him.
He tells EW.com, "It’s hard to let it rest, because the news media’s not letting it rest.
"Every day you turn on the TV and you hear something about it: 'Now they’re thinking about arresting the doctor.' And I think it’s a shame what they’ve done about (Jackson's) kids, talking about the DNA, who’s the real sperm donor, and blah, blah, blah. Those are kids, man. And Michael was their dad. No matter what comes up about the DNA, Michael was their father.
"For them to do that, to run those kids through the mill like that, is atrocious as far as I’m concerned. It’s a ridiculous thing. They’re not thinking about (the fact) that these are kids that they’re doing this to, and what impact it’s going to have on their lives. They just want people to listen to whatever thing they’re doing. It’s a shame.
"So I haven’t had a chance to totally recover, because all this stuff is still going on."