He was a brilliant and innovative entertainer.
Nevertheless, his death is not a matter of international or national security (although I am sure it's been a huge police / security / crowd control hassle in California), and I am deeply offended that CNN has been reporting from a "Situation Room".
Furthermore, there are other events in the world. Protests in Iran. Iranian clerics publicly opposing the Guardian Council. The subway crash in DC. Missiles in Korea. A military coup in Honduras. A mass shooting in Detroit and a possible serial killer in South Carolina. A monorail crash at Disney. Even the deaths of other celebrities. And what's on CNN? All Michael Jackson, all the time.
Finally, I was even more deeply offended by one CNN reporter yesterday or the day before who said something like, "I asked Al Sharpton when and where the family's private service was going to be. He told me about the public memorial at the Staples Center. I thought he must have misunderstood me, so I said, 'No, I'm asking about the family's private service -- when and where is that going to be?' But he refused to comment on that." It should have been nobody's damn business but the family's when and where their private services were held. What part of "family" and "private" did she not the hell understand (or, probably, respect even if she did understand the concept)?