L.A. Prepares for Jackson Memorial Crowds

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The city of Los Angeles says it's prepared for the huge crowds expected at Michael Jackson's memorial Tuesday.

More than one million fans registered online for a chance to attend the public service at the Staples Center, but only 17,000 tickets are being handed out.

Police are urging those without tickets to stay away and to watch the service on TV.

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Meanwhile, civil rights activist Al Sharpton is criticizing the media for focusing too much on Jackson's personal problems.

"Some elements of the media has tried to destroy the legacy and image of a man that stood and broke every record in the history of the music business," he said during a sermon at the First AME Church in Los Angeles.

But a U.S.  congressman has a different take on the media's coverage.  Republican Rep. Peter King of New York posted a response on YouTube.

"I really think the media has disgraced itself," he said.  "I think that too many people in public life have made fools of themselves by talking about Michael Jackson as if he's some kind of hero.  There's nothing good about this guy."

"He may have been a good singer, did some dancing," King continued, "but the bottom line is would you let your child or grandchild be in the same room with Michael Jackson, what are we glorifying him for?"

Congressman King went on to say that the media should instead focus on the men and women of the armed forces, police and the firefighters who lay their lives on the line every day.

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