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Our Son: Michael Jackson is one of the most famous Daphne Barak documentary. It was filmed during the 2004-2005 trials of the music legend. It featured exclusive sit-down interviews with the Jacksons. Joe and Katherine made their plea to the public opinion on behalf of their son.

Our Son: Michael Jackson reached a billion viewers

Our Son: Michael Jackson aired exclusively on ABC 20/20 prime time show and 53 countries in the ensuing few days. What is remarkable about this exclusive is the fact that it was filmed, produced and distributed within 48 hours after Michael Jackson was indicted. It was produced by Daphne Barak and Elisabeth Murdoch.

Eric Trump and Daphne Barak during interview. It was to garner more support, unlike now some are punishing St Jude. Daphne signed her book Saving Amy to Eric.

Punishing St Jude is not fair.

Eric Trump was forced to announce that he would cease fund-raising for his charity, which has given so much for children with cancer ..

Sad, as he said ..

BUT .. Also confusing.

I was invited by Eric’s mother, Ivana, to witness what her youngest son (with Donald) was doing for helping children with cancer. She was proud! AND – she has every reason to be!!!

I have been friends with the family since I was the “Fox  Interviewer” when I was in my 20s .. I was based in NY.

But years later, when Ivana mentioned “Children for Cancer” – I really wanted to witness what Eric was doing ..

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It is in the public records, that Cherie Blair convinced me to host a charity for children with cancer, with her in London. I have always considered London as, “MY Other Home” (beside our places in the US) .. So I agreed.

Cherie was then the wife of UK Prime Minister Tony Blair.  I was happy to sponsor and host the evening, inviting wealthy friends and media owners, editors. It was a private evening! Yet – I wanted the word about the need of families with children battling cancer – would go out ..

We invited couple of children, determined to win (over cancer) and their families ..

Cherie Blair and Daphne Barak holding a charity for cancer in London

The reception at the penthouse could not be more emotional! Cherie Blair – encouraged by me, made peace with some media editor guests who had been publishing articles which she frankly hated .. They were extending a hand too .. Same goes for donors ..

At this special evening – we all focused on the children (and their families!) in need ..

Everyone from Cherie to the donors, media editors sent to Bill and I, excited “Thank YOU” notes afterwards.

For me – a note from 2 of the children, telling me, they felt so many people routing for them was worth all my efforts and donations .. That is in a country, where I don’t live ..

Yet – cancer has no borders ..

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Punishing St Jude for political reasons does not make sense

Back to Eric ..

While the media was raving about our evening, and Cherie’s commitment ..

NO! Nobody suggested, that people gave money to children with cancer, in order to get access to her husband ..

Let us be realistic: If one gives lots of money to a political candidate – he or she will have a direct access to power (local? Or – federal?).

That is the way, our system works ..

So if wealthy people wanted access to Donald Trump – they could have donated to his campaign  directly (or through RNC) ..

They did not have to go around the bush, and donate to one of his children’s charities ..


This is the way, our democratic system works ..

Nothing is perfect ..

Unless one crosses the line – Nothing is wrong.

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Eric Trump has been fundraising for St. Jude hospital for years. He has done it from all his heart! He told me ..

Now – I have been fortunate to be friends with head of states, royals, Hollywood A Listers ..

I observe .. I know who does charity for the sake of saying, “I am charitable ..”

I know who is for real ..

Eric is the real-deal.

He is passionate .. He brought funds in.

He asked me to bring couple of famous names for the auction. I was bought in a minute ..

He was working on it ..

His father, mother and siblings were sitting with us ..We got so emotional  .. He made me jump on the stage, joining his family and several celebrities and pledge for more ..

Huge excitement, to give to the C word ..That word, everybody is so scared off ..

And now – he would not be able to raise money for this much needed charity ..


Because the country is SO  divided ..

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I know the Clintons, and I hosted for them fundraisers ..

I am sure, the Clinton Foundation (which I had given money to) has been doing important things ..

Yet – there is a big difference between a ruler of a country, giving millions to the foundation, and getting a precious  meeting with the secretary of state, trying to change the US policy ..

AND .. And – getting a social access to the Trump family ..

KEEP IT IN MIND: THE $50,000 (coffee with Ivanka) – would have helped children with cancer!

* No idea about the new charity, that Eric and Donnie were attached to .. I understand, it was without their knowledge ..


So the question is, why are they punishing St. Jude?



Daphne Barak with Caroline Kennedy, brother of America's Son JFK Jr

Featuring Caroline, Kathleen, Patrick, Kerry, Jean Kennedy. Also exclusive footage on JFK Jr. Tells the story of the Kennedy family, highlighting the life of JFK Jr.

Caroline Kennedy photographed by Erbil Gunasti during the historical dinner 50 years later where the US president JFK visited Ireland for the first time.
Patrick Kennedy with Daphne Barak, filming for America’s Son: JFK Jr

Daphne Barak with Kid Rock, filming the last portion of The Kid from Detroit

Kid Rock is “The Kid From Detroit.” Sheryl Crow and Mitt Romney are also part of the documentary.

The Kid From Detroit is for God, Country and Family.

Sheril Crow makes the same point in “The Kid From Detroit.” She says that Kid is a good father.

Mitt Romney, long time politician, once a Republican presidential candidate, calls him Bobby, his real name and how genuine he is.

An ICONS in their own words documentary filmed with Andrea Bocelli and his family. It depicts an inspirational story of an Italian legend.

Maestro at Home is a happy man

Andrea Bocelli says in his documentary, Maestro at Home, that he is a lucky man and happiness is the main goal. Bocelli makes this comment when Daphne brings up the fact that his mother did not do abortion when doctors urged her. Bocelli lost his eyesight eventually when he was in his teens.

Last documentary filmed with Shimon Peres. It includes Robert DeNiro, Kathleen Turner, Dr. Henry Kissinger. From Bill Clinton to the Queen of England varying global names also make appearance. It is narrated by Shimon Peres himself, telling his life story in politics.

Citizen Shimon is history of modern Israel

It starts with David Ben-Gourion, one of the primary founders of the state of Israel and its first prime minister.  Peres as his right hand man as a young politician details the challenges they faced in creating the Jewish state.

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