Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of the Jackson family, appeared on Wednesday's Today show to discuss her daily attendance of the preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray's upcoming manslaughter trial over the death of Michael Jackson.
At around the 3:20 mark of the video below, she discusses the molestation allegations her son faced, deeming them "the biggest lie that's ever been told." She claims that the first accuser, Jordan Chandler, eventually confessed that he lied about the molestation for his father's financial gain. She seems to cite an article that circulated a few years ago in the wake of Michael's death, in which Chandler is quoted as having said, "I can't bare [sic] to lie anymore. Michael Jackson didn't do anything to me, all was my father's lies to escape from being poor." Because the sole source of this article was a virtually unknown website that no longer exists, it is widely regarded as false.
Her clinging on to a document of questionable veracity, though, is a symbol of her motherly unconditional love. If her talking about the molestation is the newsiest bit of this interview, the most human is what happens directly afterward when Matt Lauer asks what she misses about Michael. "I just miss him period," she explains. "I miss his voice. I miss his singing. Sometimes when we were around, he'd start to sing and he'd end the song and I want to ask him sometimes to sing it again, because I just loved his voice." That is such a mom thing to say. Whatever her mistakes, however wrong she might be at any given moment, Katherine Jackson is a mother who lost her son. Try arguing with that.