The Week in Interviews: Michael Jackson Liked His Lunches Bound in Saran Wrap; Had Crush on Katie Couric

The Best of the Best from TV news interviews, July 25 to July 31:

Katie Couric told David Letterman about the time Michael Jackson asked her out on a date.

Dan Abrams got defensive during an appearance on MSNBC when Katrina Vanden Heuvel suggested that monitoring malfeasance in government might be a better use of resources than monitoring malfeasance in gossip columns.

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly suggested that CNN’s Lou Dobbs was repeatedly reporting on the “birther” conspiracies in search of ratings.

Michael Jackson’s chef talked to Maggie Rodriquez on CBS News’ The Early Show. “Mr. Jackson loved to have his lunches wrapped in Saran Wrap as if he was at a hotel or getting room service,” said chef Kai Chase. “It was kind of a treat for him.  He liked that.”

During an interview on Fox & Friends, Glenn Beck said he thinks Obama is a racist.

And CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked Bill Maher if Sarah Palin has a future as a serious presidential candidate. “I don’t know about a presidential candidate,” said Mr. Maher. “But I would never put anything past this stupid country.”

The Week in Interviews: Michael Jackson Liked His Lunches Bound in Saran Wrap; Had Crush on Katie Couric