Conrad Murray
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Last night, MSNBC aired Michael Jackson and the Doctor: A Fatal Friendship, the documentary about Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

And frankly, it was difficult to watch. Not because of the tragedy it focused on — but because it seemed engineered to exploit, rather than shed any new light, on Jackson’s death. Much of the doc consisted of archival footage of the trial and the surrounding media frenzy, plus information that had already been covered in Murray’s interview on Today last Wednesday, during which he maintained his innocence. There was also a fair amount of footage of Murray’s legal team discussing his case at home in terms that ranged from candid to uncomfortably blunt. The paltry new revelations — especially details about Jackson’s living habits and the house in which he died — felt like unnecessary, tawdry details. A few other lowlights:

— Murray claims Jackson at one point said, “Friends he did not have. He said, ‘Of all my life, I have found one friend, which is you, Dr. Conrad.”

— Murray says that the amount of medicine Jackson took on his final day would have “put an elephant to sleep.”

— Murray tearfully recounts his reaction to his guilty verdict before getting up and ending the interview.

Overall, it was a thoroughly unpleasant hour of TV that played more like a sleazy E! True Hollywood Story than a documentary fit for a news channel like MSNBC.

If you watched, did the doc change your opinion of Murray?

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