A 2012 presidential contender has an extramarital affair, bloody revolts in Iran, a military coup in Honduras, Congress considers bills which will fundamentally change health care as we know it, and there's movement on environmental cap-and-trade laws.
Fully 93% of cable coverage studied on the Thursday and Friday following his death was about the King of Pop.
Yeah, I "covered" it a lot, too. But I'm not a 24 hour news channel.
Also, the mainstream media has stupid ringtones: