In February 2003, ITV (UK) and ABC (US) aired a documentary special, Living with Michael Jackson, presented by controversial British journalist Martin Bashir. The documentary, filmed over the course of eight months, was aired with extensive critical (and contradictory) commentary from Bashir and editing that can best be described as total distortion of fact.
With Bashir’s full knowledge, however, Michael had his own cameraman filming the entire time. Several weeks after the Bashir interview aired, Michael released the footage seen in Take Two: The Footage You Were Never Meant to See, hosted by Maury Povich.
The contrast between the two documentaries (both compiled from the same source material) is shocking, and a prime example of how easily the media can distort “fact” to suit any agenda.