The most inaccurate portrayal in the media happened In 1984, Michael Jackson was severely burned during a rehearsal for a Pepsi commercial when faulty pyrotechnic lighting ignited the hair spray his stylist put on his hair.
He suffered multiple degree burns to his scalp to the extent that it could have killed him (although it introduced him to drugs for the rest of his life).
In response, Pepsi made amends by offering him several million dollars, which he fully donated to help build a burn center for victims.
The burn center received a hyperbaric chamber where victims could go inside, lie down, and breathe pure oxygen to help with recovery.
Michael Jackson personally decided to try this for himself and allowed himself to be photographed when doing so.
The Fake News Media jumped on this picture and announced to the world that Jackson was scared to get old and was using a chamber to prevent ageing. Totally ridiculous.
The tabloids used a mega star’s attempt at giving to whip out a sensationalized piece of demagoguery aimed purely at fattening their wallets.
Unfortunately, they would continue to do the same to Michael Jackson for the rest of his life. And I would always see that as the most inaccurate portrayal in the media.