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Peter King Defends His Attack On Michael Jackson and Media

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) says he never imagined the short Web video he made bashing the media for its round-the-clock coverage of Michael Jackson's death would go viral the way it has.

The congressman said in a telephone interview this afternoon that when he typically sets up a news conference, "maybe one radio station shows up." Of the frenzied reaction over his Jackson video, he said, "I didn't get expect it would get this response...My God."

In the video, which King posted on YouTube, the tough-talking, blue-collar Long Island pol calls Jackson a "pervert," a "child molester" and a "pedophile" and says the media has "disgraced itself" with its relentless coverage of the pop superstar's passing.

King's video, which as of this afternoon had more than 22,600 views and had generated a spate of news stories, has infuriated die-hard Jackson fans. They have mobilized online to dethrone King, so to speak.

King tells the Sleuth that just as his stance has won him detractors, he also has plenty of supporters. "A professional wrestler from Long Island who weighs 500 pounds has offered to be my bodyguard," King told the Sleuth, chuckling.

The wrestler is known as Boss Hog Calhoun, the grandson of legendary wrestler Haystack Calhoun.

King says he has gotten so much attention for his Jackson video that he has had to turn down TV appearances, which, as anyone familiar with the camera-loving Long Island congressman knows, is very rare.

King was asked to debate Al Sharpton on CNN this afternoon but said no. "It could get out of control," King told us, adding, as if to show he has a touch of sensitivity, "Someone did die here. And the funeral is tomorrow."

Never mind that Jackson was acquitted in 2005 of charges he molested a 13-year-old boy. "He still admitted sleeping with young boys," King said. The congressman also mentioned the "holding the kid over the ledge" incident in which Jackson famously dangled his infant son over a hotel balcony in Berlin in 2002.

"He's a guy who put young children at risk," said King, who describes himself as "50-50" on whether he'll seek his party's nomination to challenge Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in 2010.

"Let's knock out the psychobabble," King said in his video about Jackson. "This guy was a pervert, he was a child molester, he was a pedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country? I just think we're too politically correct."

In his interview with the Sleuth, King called the media's coverage of Jackson's death "an orgy. That's what it is."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 6, 2009; 6:39 PM ET
 
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r u sure you got the correct King? sounds more like "Razorwire" King from Iowa,he with the crazy ideas and comments...

Posted by: saddened1 | July 6, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

As a Long Islander, I disagree with Peter
King on nearly everything; social policy,
economic policy and his politics in general. However, on this issue, I am in total agreement. The attention that the
news and cable media have lavished on this
drug-addled train wreck is nothing short of
stunning. The death of Farah Fawcett, who
waged a heroic battle against cancer was little more than a footnote. Shame on the
mainstream and cable media for its shameless attempt to exploit the sorry life and sorry death of the sorry Mr. Jackson.

Posted by: jzrcsw | July 6, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Drug addicts tend to get clean or die.
Famous drug addicts tend to die because all of their "friends" won't say no to them, hoping someone else will. Even the washed up (got old) chick from the Thriller video showed up at his house the night he died (with her attorney!), still trying to get counted as a "friend".


Posted by: shrink2 | July 6, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse


Peter King was a notorious supporter of the IRA and, therefore, countenanced the bombing of children. I'm pretty sure Michael Jackson did not. Glass houses.

Posted by: Chicago1 | July 6, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

It's too bad Peter King didn't have enough class to keep his opinions to himself...because that's all they are, opinions. Michael Jackson wasn't convicted in court, but rather in the media...and a lot of people, Pete included, fell right into the ratings trap.
I'm surprised a congressman, who supposedly went to law school, would have to be told that a settlement is not an admission of guilt.
The lynch mob mentality is still alive and well in this world. We've only replaced the pitchforks and torches with camera phones and the Internet.

Posted by: MikeGainer | July 6, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Relax people,
It's just another republican refining the art of "no"!

Posted by: victorlove1 | July 6, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

We are so quick to criticize. It is what it is. Will any of this matter a year from now?

Posted by: kingofhang | July 6, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree with King... Everyone is boohoo over the lost of MJ but what about the kids that he hurt, who is crying for them. Has everyone forgot about that?

Posted by: donnajomac | July 6, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King's comments went a bit far, but I do love it when he gets all riled up. I think he's usually pretty calm.

As for Mr. Jackson, he did have a difficult life, despite having so much. I like some of his music, but never really understood what he was all about. I think Mr. Jackson may have struggled with that to the end.

Posted by: chrojo01 | July 6, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Whatever your opinions are of MJ, he STILL is someone's Son, someone's Brother, someone's Father and someone's Friend...

Showing respect to his family and friends is the generous thing to do and costs nothing ~

Posted by: glasshouses | July 6, 2009 7:35 PM | Report abuse

I may not agree with King's positions on many issues, but he's right on Jackson.

Jackson obviously had psychological problems that included numerous cosmetic surgeries (couldn't decide if he was white, black, male, female) and had an unnatural interet in boys.

Sorry if all those Jackson fans don't understand that many people were disgusted with Jackson, regardless of his talent as a performer.

King stated what many in America feel but are afraid to say outloud because of the outcry from those who choose to ignore the obvious.

I am already nauseated from all the media coverage on Jackson.

How about the same for the 7 soldiers killed in Afghanistan today?

Hmmm? Where's the "indepth" saturated coverage on the true heroes of America? Our soldiers!!!

Posted by: abby0802 | July 6, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

My personal opinion is Michael Jackson was a great humanitarian. I grew up listening to his music and no one could dance like him. Alot of people say nasty things about other people, but do you ever notice they don't say too much when they are alive,only after they are dead.

Posted by: spongedad | July 6, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

While I don't agree with Mr. King's poison-tipped delivery, once the media circus over Michael Jackson has subsided and the scum of "journalism" have milked every possible angle for ratings and readership - can we please get on with running our country? If you haven't noticed, they're about to stick it to our wallets with the Waxman/Markey bill and most people don't even have a clue as to what the bill is, let alone contains.

This, amongst other bills, shows you why our Government chugs along, largely without our knowledge or support.

Posted by: sightminer | July 6, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It's about time someone called MJ out for what he was...a pedophile. King's comments were right on. I feel sorry for the media and all the losers out there that mourn MJ. You just as sick as he was. The media $ucks and so do MJ's fans. He career and life was over in 1993. Just cause he was acquitted in 2005 doesn't make him innocent. OJ was acquitted too and what do you have to say about that? His life was not difficult as so many of you retards cry. I wish someone makes my life difficult by giving me a billion dollars. And yes, we are the ones to judge, society has that right. Not god.

Posted by: neogq | July 6, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Black people have so few real heros
until they will rack up and worship a dead
child molesting (dope.)..crack head with a rotting off nose..
There are millions of black children in africa that can disjoint their bodies and dance , they are not on drugs they are not child molesters and their damn noses are not rotting off...looks like you people could pick a better hero?????

Posted by: cwadsgo | July 6, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I have never agreed with Peter King before, but this time he's right on target. "Show them how funky strong is your fight", Peter (whatever that means, Jackson was a moron).

Posted by: meade1 | July 6, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I highly doubt that this extremely ignorant Republican buffoon has stopped to consider his own role and responsibility in sending the youth of America off to be mamed for life or to their deaths in Iraq for a lie or the thousands and thousands of Iraqi children who have been killed or mamed for life. He has some nerve to dare point his blood stained finger judgementally at anyone else.

With each passing day Republicans continue to tell the American people WHY they need to be kept in the minority for the foreseeable future and this is just the latest example of that.

On a side note, I hope the Jackson family sues his dumb ass for every penny he's got. And then give the money to children's charities.

Posted by: doriangrey22902 | July 6, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I 100% agree with MikeGainer above. Well written. To donnajomac : The children MJ "allegedly" hurt. He was acquitted. None of us know if he was really guilty or not, but I have a strong feeling he was NOT guilty. You must have selectively forgotten how many children MJ has helped and how many lives he had enriched. He dedicated his life to helping others and donating millions of dollars each year in aide. I highly doubt you can say you are as generous, can you?

Ignorance should hurt. Hate is a horrible thing. MJ was a victim of our society's sheeple syndrome and trial by media. MJ was a victim of hate, but he was a gift from above and is fortunately somewhere where he can not be hurt by the actions and words of the ignorant any longer.

Posted by: summer3 | July 6, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Ok, its probably true, at least visually it certainly appears so. The sum of MJ is more than a point. Another point was that he was a musical and dance genius, and then some. He touched the lives of billions (not millions). Give credit where credit is due.

Posted by: phillipvasels | July 6, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

MJ was a victim of ... trial by media...

I suppose that's why he settled the first child molestation suit for $23,000,000.

Posted by: drlatham22 | July 6, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Next up: The Franklin Mint with there plates and coins with Jackson's likeness (the plates will be excellent diet tools as the more food you eat the sicker you'll feel seeing his grotesque image). Both the coin snd the plate will feature the Wacko equivalent to "e pluribus unum"...."Show them how funky strong is your fight".

Show them...how... funky strong...is your fight. Shakespeare couldn't have said it any better! People who hate music bought this crap because he was a good dancer and believed he never had plastic surgery or diddled little boys. Enough said.

Posted by: meade1 | July 6, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I guess we are witnessing an outpouring of the cult of celebrity.

The passing of Jackson, assuredly from drug abuse, leaves us with what besides the music?

Why all of the plastic surgery? Why go from a handsome black man to a ghostly visage? Why move from a male with talent to a permanently lipsticked feminized masque?

Why constantly speak in that breathy falsetto? He didn't speak that way when he announced his "final" tour in London.

Did he ever have a real relationship with a woman? With a man? With either? Brooke Shields and Presley don't really count.

Did he ever have friends? Did he ever "hang out"? Why did he wear a face mask in public?

Did he ever help a cause? Did he leave a hospital wing or endowe a school? Did he help kids in Africa or in Indiana?

Did he ever have a conversation with a friend? What could he have talked to Elizabeth Taylor about other than Aids?

Who was Michael Jackson? Besides Neverland. Besides Bubbles. Seems that when he died he simply blew away......leaving nothing but the music.

At least Farrah Fawcett had a real lover and real friends.

So why are the multitudes worshipping him? Why are 19 year boys screaming and crying in crowds? "Michael! Michael!".

I guess if I have to ask I will never understand.

Posted by: toritto | July 6, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

MJ was a victim of ... trial by media...

I suppose that's why he settled the first child molestation suit for $23,000,000.

Posted by: drlatham22 | July 6, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

THIS is why I believe MJ was INNOCENT. NO parent with a sound mind is going to take a 23 million dollar settlement and let their childs molester walk. They were out for MJ's money. Your comment just proves the 'trial by media' sheeple mentality. You must not be educated enough to understand that a settlement does not equal guilt.

Posted by: summer3 | July 6, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Does Michael Jackson deserve to be glorified?


http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=5685


.

Posted by: usadblake | July 6, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

And yes, I believe that is why he settled out of court, he knew the parents only wanted the money and he knew the media was going to crucify him anyway. Why put that child through an unneccessary trial when he knows its all about money. Had he been guilty, the parents would have pressed charges instead of settling. Greed is an ugly, ugly thing. Almost as ugly as hate.

Posted by: summer3 | July 6, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

That was cruel and unnecessary. Was there an actual need to make such mean comments? Is the GOP that deep in their anger and hate that's all they can spew out of those holes we call mouths?

Reason # 12 why the Republicans are losing so much power.

idiots all.

Posted by: llewis40 | July 6, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

King seems to have lots to say about Jackson but I doubt he ever met the man. He probably has NO knowledge about what he's saying.

If he has a problem with pedophilia he should DO something to stop it. The two most prominent sources of pedophiles attacking children are churches and youth organizations. Did King speak out about the Catholic church? Did he speak out about the Boy Scout? That's where the problem is! Did he speak out about Foley and the congressional pages in he own back yard? Of course not! They're still alive so they can defend themselves.

Another 10 gallon blowhard with an eyedropper of knowledge and NO balls at all!

Retromega

Posted by: jonbvh | July 6, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

The passing of Jackson, assuredly from drug abuse, leaves us with what besides the music? * You must have access to something we don't - the autopsy. Or a crystal ball, you seem to think you know why he died. Interesting.

Why all of the plastic surgery? *Why does it matter to you?
Why go from a handsome black man to a ghostly visage? We will never know, and it was never our business - MJ obviously had some self esteem issues. Who cares? He cared for many and was good to many.
Why move from a male with talent to a permanently lipsticked feminized masque? *Why cast your judgment on others? Does it make you feel better about yourself?

Why constantly speak in that breathy falsetto? He was always soft spoken, and so is the rest of his siblings.

He didn't speak that way when he announced his "final" tour in London.

Did he ever have a real relationship with a woman? With a man? With either? Brooke Shields and Presley don't really count. *Again, you don't know and it is not your business, nor is it your place to judge.

Did he ever have friends? *Yes, he did. Did he ever "hang out"? *Yes he did.
Why did he wear a face mask in public? *Because he had lupus and vitaligo which made him extremely sensitive to the sun and prone to painful sunburns to the face.

Did he ever help a cause? *You should really do your research. The answer is again, yes. He helped many causes, including giving millions of dollars in aide to the homeless and to children with Cancer. Did he leave a hospital wing or endowe a school? Did he help kids in Africa or in Indiana? *Indiana?? Wow, your ignorance is just becoming more and more evident. He helped many AMERICAN children with Cancer. Can you say the same? I didn't think so.

Did he ever have a conversation with a friend? *Should the media have tapped his phone so we could provide you with an answer??? What could he have talked to Elizabeth Taylor about other than Aids? *You have seriously got to be kidding me. I can't stand the blatant stupidity of your post.

Who was Michael Jackson? Besides Neverland. Besides Bubbles. Seems that when he died he simply blew away......leaving nothing but the music. *You obviously lack intelligence and depth. You know nothing other than what you foolishly believe in tabloids and nothing more.


Posted by: summer3 | July 6, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse

King seems to have lots to say about Jackson but I doubt he ever met the man. He probably has NO knowledge about what he's saying.

If he has a problem with pedophilia he should DO something to stop it. The two most prominent sources of pedophiles attacking children are churches and youth organizations. Did King speak out about the Catholic church? Did he speak out about the Boy Scout? That's where the problem is! Did he speak out about Foley and the congressional pages in he own back yard? Of course not! They're still alive so they can defend themselves.

Another 10 gallon blowhard with an eyedropper of knowledge and NO balls at all!

Retromega

Posted by: jonbvh | July 6, 2009 8:23 PM | Report abuse


Very much agree, and well said.

Posted by: summer3 | July 6, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

The problem with Peter King, is that he is a white American struggling to come to terms with the fact that a black man is getting so much worldwide adulation and also that a black man , even though he is dead is still the most famous person in the world!

Posted by: NZKiwi | July 6, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse

REP Pete King

Your comments were irresponsible, racist, and demeaning against Michael Jackson and his family in this time of great grief. The man is dead, his family is grieving, and as a public official you choose to speak words of darkness instead of words of comfort and light. It does not surprise me that your political career will have little if any significant global impact on the world as Michael Jackson's music career did. I have never heard of you. It took you to profane the name of Michael Jackson to get some political attention. Do yourself a favor and fade into the darkness. Your political career will never be remembered, honored or cherished by anyone as anything significant except your family!!!

Al Hollie Jr

Posted by: THEONE8 | July 6, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

REP Pete King

Your comments were irresponsible, racist, and demeaning against Michael Jackson and his family in this time of great grief. The man is dead, his family is grieving, and as a public official you choose to speak words of darkness instead of words of comfort and light. It does not surprise me that your political career will have little if any significant global impact on the world as Michael Jackson's music career did. I have never heard of you. It took you to profane the name of Michael Jackson to get some political attention. Do yourself a favor and fade into the darkness. Your political career will never be remembered, honored or cherished by anyone as anything significant except your family!!!

Al Hollie Jr

Posted by: THEONE8 | July 6, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

These filthy republicans will be forgot quickly when they are all dead while Jackson will be remembered forever for the art he brought to us.

Posted by: lhao333 | July 6, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

REP Pete King

Your comments were irresponsible, racist, and demeaning against Michael Jackson and his family in this time of great grief. The man is dead, his family is grieving, and as a public official you choose to speak words of darkness instead of words of comfort and light. It does not surprise me that your political career will have little if any significant global impact on the world as Michael Jackson's music career did. I have never heard of you. It took you to profane the name of Michael Jackson to get some political attention. Do yourself a favor and fade into the darkness. Your political career will never be remembered, honored or cherished by anyone as anything significant except your family!!!

Al Hollie Jr

Posted by: THEONE8 | July 6, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Peter King will need a good Lawyer not a body guard. He will be sure to get a Love Letter from the Jackson attorneys for slander. He can do his yaking in Court, and explain how he let his Alligator Mouth overload his Canary ass.

Posted by: dmscontractor | July 6, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

he's a loser and horrible man that SHOULD NOT HOLD OFFICE..he uses the death of someone to try to get his 15 min of fame and then he can't handle the heat. well your going to get the heat handed out to you. And i'm going to donate to the fundraiser to get you out of office. your a satanic devil.

Posted by: sexibeach | July 6, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

REP Pete King

Your comments were irresponsible, racist, and demeaning against Michael Jackson and his family in this time of great grief. The man is dead, his family is grieving, and as a public official you choose to speak words of darkness instead of words of comfort and light. It does not surprise me that your political career will have little if any significant global impact on the world as Michael Jackson's music career did. I have never heard of you. It took you to profane the name of Michael Jackson to get some political attention. Do yourself a favor and fade into the darkness. Your political career will never be remembered, honored or cherished by anyone as anything significant except your family!!!

Al Hollie Jr


Posted by: THEONE8 | July 6, 2009 8:28 PM | Report abuse

*APPLAUSE* Well written.

Posted by: summer3 | July 6, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

THIS is why I believe MJ was INNOCENT. NO parent with a sound mind is going to take a 23 million dollar settlement and let their childs molester walk. They were out for MJ's money. Your comment just proves the 'trial by media' sheeple mentality. You must not be educated enough to understand that a settlement does not equal guilt.

Posted by: summer3 | July 6, 2009 8:07 PM

A couple of hundred thousand or maybe a million as a nuisance payment to make the parents go away...maybe.

But 23 million is an admission the evidence against him was so strong he was desperate to pay anything to keep the case and the evidence from going to trial.

And after that trial who knows how many more?

That's why I believe MJ was guilty and why I believe he grew his own kids; so he'd have victims who couldn't talk.

Talk to anyone specializing in this kind of crime and they'll tell you he was a classic case right down to Neverland. That wasn't an attempt to recapture his childhood but candy with which to entice...

Jackson didn't go to jail because he was a money maker for all the sycophants hanging around him. Just look at the funeral. MJ still making money for Mom & Dad.

Posted by: krankyman | July 6, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

It absolutely DISGUSTS me that I live in a society with such racist,inbred, self-loathing rednecks. Have some respect for the family and fans of this man. You don't have to like all of the attention he is getting, just keep your ignorant hick mouth shut and go back to monkey-humping your sister. RIP MJ

Posted by: mflake2127 | July 6, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

summer3: Sorry but I'm not into hero worship.

I have no intention of denigrating MJ. It's just he was very difficult to understand and he certainly didn't help matters any. How many benefits of the doubt should we give him?

He was strange. I see no lover, male or female, crying for him. I see no cause he supported through the years speaking out and reminding us of his goodness and charity. Even in this orgy of mourning we see only police investigations, hangers-on and enablers.

He had problems. We all do. He had the means to address his problems - whether drugs or his esteem. That's more than 99.9% of us have.

To most of us he was an unknown - someone who led a very weird existance. He certqinly never seemed happy.

So now he's gone - and only the music remains. He blew away like dried Autumn leaves.

We will always have the music.

Posted by: toritto | July 6, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

I guess you're right, Pete. We should stop focusing on an icon who supported many good causes effecting children and people with AIDS and (instead) pay attention to Sarah Palin (soon to be ex-Republican Governor of AK) who's dirty laundry will inevitably take up more than necessary space in the national media.

Posted by: longislandsoundoff | July 6, 2009 8:50 PM | Report abuse

I am so sick of living amongst these closed minded republican pricks. King clearly is a racist and a horrible man. Pretty soon your generation of old red neck pricks will be dead, then maybe this world will finally have the peace, and equality Michael Jackson and many others strived to accomplish. I just hope to leave half of the legacy that michael jackson left behind. Michael was a kind, talented, gentle human being....thats why the whole world is mourning over his death. I try to be the best person i can be while I am here on this earth, so when I leave thats what people remember me for. I have no enemies and I am loved by many. Mr. King, what haveyou done for world. What impact have you had on people lives???Answer those questions. Michael is at peace, because he has accomplished what god put him on this earth to do. Michael came...saw...and conquered. RIP Michael.

Posted by: student091 | July 6, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

The senator is right.any person without money would be serving a long jail sentence for the same offense.To think how stupid we are! The taxpayers of California in a state that is broke and millions in debt will pay for a very expensive memorial service.If I lived in that state I would be hollering to the heavens about this stupidity. Bill the Jackson estate and his rich entertainer friends for this outrage

Posted by: musing | July 6, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse


Michael Jackson is a pervert and child molester. Let's not deny it folks--the dude is totally weird...Peter King is right on when he refers to Jackson in the terms that he did...

Posted by: charko825 | July 6, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

What spinelessness making these remarks AFTER Jackson is dead and unable to defend himself.

King should have welcomed the Jackson coverage in any event since it took the spotlight off fellow Republican Mark Sanford's Argentinian exploits, which some people might have mistakenly confused with being a lowlife.

Posted by: jack824 | July 6, 2009 9:32 PM | Report abuse

All the lily white Republicans praising King... thank you for further marginalizing the Republican party among minority voters... Thanks again!

Posted by: republican_disaster | July 6, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Peter King just represents the typical non-famous redneck jealous of someone like MJ. Elvis has sex with 13 year old girls and people still love him. MJ is just ACCUSED and rednecks come out of the trailer park on MJ because of only ONE reason. In his life Michael Jackson was BIGGER than Elvis' racist Black culture rip-off worthless self. In death, Michael Jackson is again, BIGGER than Elvis. Peter King, like these other inbred rednecks, HATES this and is making MJ even bigger.

Boss Hog Calhun grandson of redneck Haystak Calhonky means NOTHING. Wrestling is just fake to begin with and so are these cross-burning pale face moonshine drinking idiots. I bet Boss Hoe needs some publicity but is only going to get his ass kicked.

Petey is afraid to accept Al Sharpton's challenge, typical coward honky. Talk crap and run and hide when you are challenged.

Posted by: mmpact2 | July 6, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from the Republicans....this guy just wanted attention and sadly he got it. Hummm strange he seems oh so brave in condemning a dead man but somehow in his piousness he failed mention all the Republicans who have been involved in scandals lately. Guess its O.K. to cheat on your wife, abandon your children on Father's Day and spend government money to do it....Republican are such unbelieveable hypocrites and their morals are so expendible when it comes to their own.

Posted by: imgibson | July 6, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

How deplorable that such a reprehensible idiotic jerk like Peter King got enough votes to be elected to Congress. He is nothing but a vile, twisted and hateful individual.

If you find the media attention being paid to Michael Jackson too much, guess what, TURN IT OFF, no one is forcing you to listen watch or read about it. No need to try to demean the man or his contributions. But on top that, to spew the venom and lies of those who persecuted MJ; how low can you go? Jealousy is a terrible affliction and this redneck is has a bad case of it.

Mr King, you and your supporters are truly the scum of this earth. I sure hope that you are thoroughly sued for defamation and disappear from public life. Guess what, when your time comes, there will not be any out pour of sympathy and support or memorials because you have contributed absolutely nothing worthwhile, just lies and hate.

Posted by: livfree | July 6, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

While I want to be sensitive to the fact that someone did die... I have to make this comment.

Where was the media when our boy died in Iraq, There was no news flash, no memorial where all of Los Angeles would have to pay for it... in short no one cared, they just carried on with their own interest... and a young 19 year old boy that had a future came home in a metal box. His story - untold.

The media has not centered on the fact that 3 Marines died 2 days ago, where is their memorial? Where is the tribute to their lives?

I am sorry that someone has died, and I am sorry that all kinds of things are being said about the man, but let's have some perspective on this. He lived a life that is only dreamed about by many, spent more money in an hour than most of us can work a year for. While a soldier makes $350.00 a week $1400.00 a month, lives in the dirt, who should be glorified?

Think about the scarifies that these men and women are making right now for our country, and think about what they are going to have to live with on their return...

Thank you to the men and women of our armed services, God Bless you and thank you to the parents of these wonderful people that protect us here at home.

Michael Jackson - Thank you for the music... I really don't know what you have done for all, but thanks for the music.

Posted by: TheDee | July 6, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Wow Peter King. As an elected official I would think your aides would have told you that Michael Jackson currently holds the Guinness World Record for giving to the most charities (110 to be exact) in his short 50 years on earth. There are some entertainers who don't even give to 10 charities in their lifetimes with the kind of money Jackson is worth.

Maybe Mr. King you should focus on Michael Jackson's charities not only here at home, but worldwide and realize that no matter your personal feelings about the man, he was beloved in every part of this entire world. Something I can imagine anyone would be hard pressed to say about you even in your own state.

Posted by: rmattocks | July 6, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

If Wacko Jacko hadn't been worth 100's of millions of dollars, he would have completed his career in a federal prison.

Posted by: jrw1 | July 6, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes, I think all this Michael Jackson coverage has gone overboard but then again when was the last time we lost an entertainment icon as beloved around the world as Michael Jackson? I think Princess Diana would probably be the closest person. I mean Elvis has been dead what, almost 40 years and people still worship him like he's still alive. Well, Michael is much bigger than Elvis and will be in death. It's just not the media in this country, but media around the world has overblown this coverage. Michael Jackson, plain and simple is the greatest entertainer this planet has known period. Not even close.

What else shall we cover, Sarah Palin, yet again. The infidelities & enigmas of Mark Sanford and John Ensign, enuff with GOP scandals. More deaths in IRAQ, as if the 4800 deaths since 2003 isn't numbing enough. The recent deaths now in Afghanistan? A war we've been at since 2001. Politics have just beat us down the past two years and I'm all politicked out.

Posted by: rmattocks | July 6, 2009 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Rep. King's rant is over the top and why is he using the troops again? there is a related post at http://iamsoannoyed.com/?page_id=588

Posted by: carlyt | July 6, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

As a song and dance man, I prefer James Cagney as George M. Cohan. As to Peter King's remarks, he is spot on.

Posted by: martscan1 | July 6, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I Think Peter King's comment at this time while the whole world pull together to morn Michael Jackson Legacy is unfortunate and we received with great sadness and pain in everyone's heart. Peter King Must resign as New York State Congressman.

Posted by: clem_sam | July 6, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Dear King kong and Animals,
Elvis had more proof of being these things you accuse Michael of, yet, I don't remember this kind of bile concerning his life or death. Many doubt that he waited for that girl to come of age, he was a huge reclusive mess and he abused drugs. I am trying to choose my words carefully, because I admired Elvis too, but I could be more specific. Why hate Michael Jackson, but not Elvis? Well there is only one obviously huge difference between these two men, race. Why not give Michael and his family the respect due? the above same reason.YOU vile, hateful, racist, people. You fool no one and your time is up. You Kong, I hope especially at voting time. The others, Now, that type of attitude is dying, there are too many mixed people in the U.S. for it to thrive. FACE IT. LONG LIVE THE KING OF POP !!

Posted by: empathy | July 6, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

He became Tiny Tim.

Remember?

"Tiptoe through the tulips" -- that Tiny Tim.

Saw Tiny Tim on an old Carson video last night, and I thought -- oh, that's what happened...

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | July 6, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Count me among those who think that the news media have made, and are continuing to make complete fools of themselves over the death of this singer/entertainer. So are the fans, this is bordering on the sick. It seems to feed upon itself....bordering on the edge of hysteria.
What a pathetic standard of values!

Posted by: CharlesGriffith1 | July 6, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Count me among those who think that the news media have made, and are continuing to make complete fools of themselves over the death of this singer/entertainer. So are the fans, this is bordering on the sick. It seems to feed upon itself....bordering on the edge of hysteria.
What a pathetic standard of values!

Posted by: CharlesGriffith1 | July 6, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Another slimey, mis-informed racist republican spewing racist blather.

I hope the Jackson family sues his racist a$s off.

Posted by: dematheart | July 6, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

What I fault is not MJ but the obsession with him by both his fans and all of the media that is now reaching new heights of absurdity. I keep expecting to hear that he will be immortalized and permanently preserved ala Lenin's tomb.

Jonas Salk was a scientist instrumental in the development of a vaccine against the disease polio that inflicted misery and death on millions. When Salk died in 1995 he received a small passing mention in the Milestones section of Time magazine. Contrast that with Time's recent front cover memorial to MJ.

Our appreciation and celebration of those who who truly help make this a better world is misplaced in both the fame and money they receive. This is a very sad commentary on these times.

Posted by: dldbug | July 6, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Peter King had every right to express his opinion and he is 100% correct about entirely too much media on MJ. We hadn't heard a thing about him for months and all of a sudden he dies and he's a saint. 82% of the people on an AOL poll say it has been too much coverage. Good for Peter King for speaking out. Yes, I guess he could sing and dance but who but him danced every dance by grabbing himself between the legs. If it hadn't been for his money, he would have been in jail. He proves the statement that "money is the root of all evil."

Posted by: bparr9 | July 6, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Peter King is correct in his statements. This ignorant bunch of media "celebrity" sycophants ignores the real news. Last week the govt of Israel seized an unarmed ship loaded with humanitarian supplies for Gaza in international waters with a former US congresswoman and a Nobel Peace Laureate aboard and not a peep. Weeks before they're all over Somali pirates for doing the same thing. Vanity Fair published article after article with facts and evidence of MJ's sick lifestyle and drug use over the past 15 years, and, as their own website (where all the articles are posted) states, "nothing that Vanity Fair printed was ever challenged legally by Jackson or his associates."

Posted by: frogland | July 6, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Peter King, You're thoughtless, no goal, no vision. In the Scripture Christ said "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God. When Michael called the Children to fellow him and help them. Peter King called him a "pervert," a "child molester" and a "pedophile" the same name calling Jesus gone through then, and now with Divehi Code. My suggestion to you is Peter, go and look into the mirror, be honest and ask yourself this question, am I not a PERVERT? ……

Clem, GA

Posted by: clem_sam | July 6, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Peter King, why aren't you in South Carolina voicing your Racist comments on the Serial Killer, Gaffney,who gun down (5) innocent person? It is becuase he's white and you can Identify with him? Yes, that it.. Where were you in the 60"s doing all the Lynching of Black men women and innocent childrens? "OMG" you were there, hidding under your "white HOOD"!
Where was you when your Father and Grandfather's helped Burned Down Black Communities, Raped our young girls and women for you'll sick pleasures? Made Black women Kill your babies after Raping them. You and your Ancestors BURNED DOWN our CHURCHES! OMG, I FORGOT YOU WERE THERE!
How many people you secretly have killed in the IRA?
The World know that 40% of WHITE MEN are Peverts, Murderous, kidnappers, get off on heinous killing yOU'LL are Lovers or young boys and mens over your White Females.
Who's BAD? Michael. Who's sick in the Mind? Your Speciemans....

Love ya!

Posted by: bgriffin4801 | July 6, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Thank You Peter King! This pervert needs to be flushed not buried. That's what you do with human excrement. Unfortunately his hangers on will not be caught in the vortex nor his low life father who created this pathetic monster.
PS. Flush twice..... I want to be sure it gets to student 091's house in time to greet any young son he might develop if he takes his head out of his rectum long enough to see what's going on...... but then again, he is a student with much to learn.

Posted by: rayn | July 6, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I fail to see what Peter King sought to gain by this. He's pretty much a shoo-in for re-election as a representative barring the redrawing of his district (a distinct possibility following the 2010 census), and he has absolutely zero chance of getting elected as a NYS senator regardless of who the Democratic candidate is. I don't get it. I'm just glad I don't live one mile further east and live in his district.

Posted by: micron26 | July 6, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Well, however uneducated or insensitive Peter sounds, the truth is the truth. Whether he was found innocent or not, "the emperor (king of pop in this case) has no clothes". I don't think anyone is debating whether Michael Jackson had a sexual predilection for young boys. It is tragic that his celebrity status allowed him to transcend what at present is seen as almost worse than murder (pedophilia). We are swept away by the media orgy, it is selective and seductive. Michael Jackson's talent will be missed. Peter's points are salient, but he could have been more delicate.

Posted by: EAN123 | July 6, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Why he got a lot of attention is simple. His rant basically sounds like a list of every uninformed net idiot rolled into one. It has so many things wrong with it, on so many levels that it's obscene. So it pisses people off. He's the equivalent of an internet troll who was dumb enough to video him self and so out of touch, he's unaware of out far gone he is. Or perhaps the epiphany of a backwards, selfish, ignorant jerk who doesn't want to hear any more because he feels so sure MJ is a pedo, regardless of the fact that the kid and father were caught in so many lies the prosecution fell apart. Not to mention the copy cat cases were nothing but opportunists were making claims. And the star "witnesses", were pushing book deals. None of that information is important to this man, just HIS opinion, LOL. People like him assume that if there were two cases that's the proof of guilt, but aren't smart enough to consider that opportunists are not very creative and they tend to copy each other. I'm all for defending a kid, but when I see the kid and parents caught in long lists of lies, credibility goes out the window. I might question things, but the last thing I'd do is claim I know he's guilty as this man has done. And I've noticed that if you defend MJ, then people like this jerk suddenly claim you are a delusional MJ fanatic. I'm not a fanatic. But if anything, I'm a fan of the truth.

And he looks like he has no critical thinking skills what so ever. Just a MOUTH that runs. And when people come forth to explain why he's wrong, he doesn't listen. This is the perfect TROLL and THAT's why he's getting attention. That and given that it's the week of his death. But that's what a troll does. They annoy people, and when the explanations come in, they don't want to hear it. They just keep running the mouth and they keep their idiotic opinions. And when offered a chance to argue his point with someone who knows, he backs down playing the "I'm such a nice guy" card. That said, the media will line up to give him money, because as we know, the media cares about one thing. Making even more money and not the truth. In fact, just this week they printed a story about MJ dying at 112 lbs. Guess what? That was a lie for the tabloids. And they did this after he died. So you can bet the deals will be rolling in to get this guy on TV. Not because his opinion matters, but because the networks, tabloids, magazines etc will make money. This reminds me much of "Joe the Plumber". No facts or info, just a lot of noise. Why do we give this troll so much attention? He won't think he's so cool if he gets picked up by tabloids and lied about the same way.

Posted by: jzjz | July 6, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

What would REALLY interest me is to hear

how all of you posters feel during and

after your posting. Satisfaction? What

feeling is behind your opinion? Fear?

Do you have a need to feel superior to

someone else? Does it last? Do you think

it influence or inspire others to add

good will to the stream of life?

Posted by: kingofhang | July 7, 2009 12:26 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad Peter King said what he said. Thank God there are some honest man left in Washington.. And al Sharpton a convicted liar!!!!!!!!! please

Posted by: brianboru243 | July 7, 2009 12:46 AM | Report abuse

TRUST ME PETER KING, WHEN YOU DIE, NO ONE WILL EVER REMEMBER YOU..MICHAEL JACKSON, THE WORLD MOURNS...HOW ABOUT THAT?

Posted by: baby_87652003 | July 7, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

A couple of hundred thousand or maybe a million as a nuisance payment to make the parents go away...maybe.

But 23 million is an admission the evidence against him was so strong he was desperate to pay anything to keep the case and the evidence from going to trial.

And after that trial who knows how many more?

That's why I believe MJ was guilty and why I believe he grew his own kids; so he'd have victims who couldn't talk.

Talk to anyone specializing in this kind of crime and they'll tell you he was a classic case right down to Neverland. That wasn't an attempt to recapture his childhood but candy with which to entice...

Jackson didn't go to jail because he was a money maker for all the sycophants hanging around him. Just look at the funeral. MJ still making money for Mom & Dad.

Krankyman : 23 mill is a drop in the bucket for someone like MJ. You are just as bad as the rest... ignorant and believing nonsense. You know NOTHING of the man, yet you speak as if you do. Neverland was an attempt to not only recapture his own childhood but to give one to children who were dying. I am not surprised that the average person cannot understand... so many people, such as yourself, are incapable of compassion of that caliber. The very fact that you would so callously accuse the man of not only molesting other children but then to go on to say he "grew" his own so he could molest them is as closed-minded and ignorant as it comes. Those children are DEVASTATED by the loss of their father and you are on her spewing diarrhea of the mouth in the wake of his death. You ought to be ashamed.

Posted by: summer3 | July 7, 2009 1:39 AM | Report abuse

I CAN'T BELIEVE THESE RED NECKS ARE NOT OVER OF THEMSELVES YET...THEY ARE STILL AS RACIST AS EVER...HEY!! WE LIVE IN THE LAST DAYS, WE ALL WILL VANISH SO, WHY NOT SPREAD LOVE? I BET THAT RACIST HEART OF YOURS IS EATING YOU ALIVE... THEY REALLY BELIVE THAT THIER RACE IS THE ONLY RACE DESERVE TO BE ON EARTH.....

Posted by: baby_87652003 | July 7, 2009 1:45 AM | Report abuse

Michael Jackson - Thank you for the music... I really don't know what you have done for all, but thanks for the music.


Posted by: TheDee | July 6, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Do your research, he was a great humanitarian, who supported the soldiers that you and so many others so much want to memorialize. With all due respect, the soldiers VOLUNTARILY signed up for their duty for our freedoms... while I have a high respect for them, I am so sick and tired of hearing about how they should be glorified and MJ shouldn't be. It's getting tiresome... the soldiers are there because they want to be - not because they are forced or because they are expecting to be glorified. They go on a tour in Afghan and come home and then sign up for another tour.... they have the choice to work a civilian job and they chose not to. I'm sorry that they are away from their families but that is the life they chose. MJ chose to live his life giving to others and trying to enrich the lives of others. Because he was different in the eyes of some doesn't mean he is any less deserving of recognition than any soldier. He is being "glorified" because he touched the lives of so many people and his genorosity and humanitarian efforts have been greatly recognized around the world.

Posted by: summer3 | July 7, 2009 1:52 AM | Report abuse

CONGRATS,PETER KING!! BRAVO TO YOU!! REALLY FED UP OF THE MEDIA COVERAGE OF MICHAEL JACKSON'S DEATH AND YOU MADE A VIDEO OF HOW YOU ARE SYMPATHETIC TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED IN IRAQ, AS WE ARE. BUT WHO CALLED FOR THAT WAR? WHO? THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT? OF COURSE THE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT... AND NOW YOU WANT A WAR WITH YOUR INSENSITIVE COMMENT, THE MAN IS DEAD..YOU JUST DON'T GET IT, I BET YOU DON'T.

Posted by: baby_87652003 | July 7, 2009 1:56 AM | Report abuse

Why he got a lot of attention is simple. His rant basically sounds like a list of every uninformed net idiot rolled into one. It has so many things wrong with it, on so many levels that it's obscene. So it pisses people off. He's the equivalent of an internet troll who was dumb enough to video him self and so out of touch, he's unaware of out far gone he is. Or perhaps the epiphany of a backwards, selfish, ignorant jerk who doesn't want to hear any more because he feels so sure MJ is a pedo, regardless of the fact that the kid and father were caught in so many lies the prosecution fell apart. Not to mention the copy cat cases were nothing but opportunists were making claims. And the star "witnesses", were pushing book deals. None of that information is important to this man, just HIS opinion, LOL. People like him assume that if there were two cases that's the proof of guilt, but aren't smart enough to consider that opportunists are not very creative and they tend to copy each other. I'm all for defending a kid, but when I see the kid and parents caught in long lists of lies, credibility goes out the window. I might question things, but the last thing I'd do is claim I know he's guilty as this man has done. And I've noticed that if you defend MJ, then people like this jerk suddenly claim you are a delusional MJ fanatic. I'm not a fanatic. But if anything, I'm a fan of the truth.

And he looks like he has no critical thinking skills what so ever. Just a MOUTH that runs. And when people come forth to explain why he's wrong, he doesn't listen. This is the perfect TROLL and THAT's why he's getting attention. That and given that it's the week of his death. But that's what a troll does. They annoy people, and when the explanations come in, they don't want to hear it. They just keep running the mouth and they keep their idiotic opinions. And when offered a chance to argue his point with someone who knows, he backs down playing the "I'm such a nice guy" card. That said, the media will line up to give him money, because as we know, the media cares about one thing. Making even more money and not the truth. In fact, just this week they printed a story about MJ dying at 112 lbs. Guess what? That was a lie for the tabloids. And they did this after he died. So you can bet the deals will be rolling in to get this guy on TV. Not because his opinion matters, but because the networks, tabloids, magazines etc will make money. This reminds me much of "Joe the Plumber". No facts or info, just a lot of noise. Why do we give this troll so much attention? He won't think he's so cool if he gets picked up by tabloids and lied about the same way.

Posted by: jzjz | July 6, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

*AWESOME* post. This right here says it all.

Posted by: summer3 | July 7, 2009 2:02 AM | Report abuse

MICHAEL JACKSON, GONE TOO SOON... PETER KING, I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY HE IS STILL HERE? MAYBE HE NEEDS TO MAKE AN EFFORT TO DONATE HIS TIME AND RESOURCES TO THE LESS FORTUNATE AND THEN HE CAN REDEEM HIMSELF. I BET HE HAS A PLAN TO REDEEM HIMSELF SO THAT WHEN HE VANISH, THE MEDIA CAN TALK ABOUT HIM THE WAY THE MEDIA DID TO MICHAEL JACKSON'S DEATH.

Posted by: baby_87652003 | July 7, 2009 2:03 AM | Report abuse

Seven of our countrymen died today in Afghanistan. 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade is plowing through Helmand Province right now. There's a coup in Honduras. Civil unrest in Iran. Conflict in Somalia. North Korea is lobbing missiles into the ocean.

... And yet the media is still obsessing about the long-overdue death of some androgynous pedophile.

Posted by: StolenValor | July 7, 2009 2:05 AM | Report abuse

PETER KING'S COMMENT JUST RILED ME UP, AND YOU KNOW, I REALIZED, WHY ARE WE EVEN GIVING SO MUCH ATTENTION TO THIS UNINFORMED, WITH ONLY VESTED INTEREST IN HIS POLITICAL CARRER LOWLIFE MAN...I'M DONE. THANKS FOR POSTING MY COMMENT.

Posted by: baby_87652003 | July 7, 2009 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Apparently Rep. Peter King, has lost his interest in "POLITICS, and decided to be the national spokesperson for the (SADMA):"SLANDER A DEAD MAN ASSOCIATION".

Being a Lawyer and soon to be "private citizen", Rep. King, should know the "LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS", of "LIBEL".

By this time next year, Micheal Jackson will be the least of Rep. King's concerns. His "POLITICAL CAREER", will be just a "FADED MEMORY"

Posted by: austininc4 | July 7, 2009 2:21 AM | Report abuse

King says "There is nothing good about this guy. He may have been a good singer and did some dancing," He also called him a low life. Maybe he and others should check out this list of all his humanitarian efforts including giving $300+ million to charities.
Not only did Jackson talk about helping but he did something about it.

The Millennium-Issue of the "Guinness Book Of Records" names Michael as the Pop Star who supports the most charity organizations. The following projects are supported by Michael Jackson:

AIDS Project L.A.
American Cancer Society
Angel Food
Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles
BMI Foundation
Brotherhood Crusade
Brothman Burn Center
Camp Ronald McDonald
Childhelp U.S.A.
Children's Institute International
Cities and Schools Scholarship Fund
Community Youth Sports & Arts Foundation
Congressional Black Caucus
Dakar Foundation
Dreamstreet Kids
Dreams Come True Charity
Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation
Heal The World Foundation
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
Love Match
Make A Wish Foundation
Minority Aids Project
Motown Museum
NAACP
National Rainbow Coalition
Rotary Club of Australia
Society of Singers
Starlight Foundation
The Carter Center's Atlanta Project
The Sickle Cell Research Foundation
Transafrica
United Negro College Fund
United Negro College Fund Ladder's of Hope
Volunteers of America
Watts Summer Festival
Wish Granting
YMCA - 28th Street/Crenshaw

So Mr. King what have you given or done? How many lives have to touched or made a difference in?
There was more to Micheal than just being the King of Pop.
A lot of people didn't like him ,a lot of negative said about him.
But he is gone and he does deserve respect for all he has done to
make this world a better place for so many people.

Posted by: jasmin0005 | July 7, 2009 2:24 AM | Report abuse

Why was this neccessary? What did you intend to gain?

As long as Republicans have you on their side, we "These Peolpe" wil be safe!

Posted by: shirleysacha | July 7, 2009 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Who voted for this guy? The man is dead, have some respect for his family. None of us can put him in heaven or hell for anything that he has allegedly done. I'm sure he'll be judged when he gets where he's going...leave the man alone. Yes, the media coverage has been a bit excessive BUT Mr. King has the option to change the channel or make time to get over your own ignorance and insensitivty.

Posted by: hih8r | July 7, 2009 4:03 AM | Report abuse

Just in case you come across the poll from Fox news, I found out it's been hacked in favor of Peter King. The video about it is here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmmgEMiiFNc


Posted by: jzjz | July 7, 2009 4:20 AM | Report abuse

Just so you all know..
The father of the first "victim" was recorded saying that he stood to make out
with $20,000 in settlement on the molestation case. I have heard the actual recording and he did not sound very upset that his son had been used or abused.... only how fast could he get to the bank.
Hmmm, can we all say extortion???
Guess that just left the door open to anyone else to make up a good case.
This doesn't go for just MJ but for any corporation, government or medical facility
that people see with deep pockets. Come on, let's see the show of hands out there who have done it.

Posted by: CJ09 | July 7, 2009 5:05 AM | Report abuse

Judge not lest ye be judged, Congressman. Michael Jackson was acquitted of all charges in an American court of law. Furthermore, while the media might be guilty of too much coverage of Jackson's death, it isn't the media who is the "disgrace"in this matter. With apparently so little to offer, isn't it time that you leave the stage?

Posted by: zephyr99 | July 7, 2009 5:09 AM | Report abuse

Peter King is an opportunist Republican.
He said nothing to Bush while our country was being fleeced by the Bankers and money managers. He said nothing about the 300,000 Iraqis being killed during and illegal war. He said nothing about the Palestinians being killed in camp squaller by the Israelis. Just a another Repugnant Republican.

Posted by: hhkeller | July 7, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

I agree that the coverage is excessive, but Peter King's comments were classess.

Posted by: stomsdaughter | July 7, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

I am a NYC Democrat but I have always admired Rep King even if I did not agree with him on policy. He is very honest and straight forward. You do not get the impression he is speaking "at" you, he seems to listen and his opinions are not lock step with the Republican Party, he is an individual with his own unique view.

I am so very relieved that Rep King had the guts to say what so many of us feel. That is, of course, the Emperor has no nose.

Jackson was a horribly mutilated individual both in body and soul. Yes, he was a brilliant talent, but so what? What does it say about us if our society can go into such obsessive grief and fascination and give honor upon the death of this one very sick man who did awful things. What are we telling our children. If you are talented you can abuse children and people will still kiss your feet because you moon walked? hello?

I suggest that those who feel we cannot judge him because Michael was not techinically convicted at a trial and also anyone else who is interested in how insane Michael really was, read Maureen Orth's series of in depth articles about Jackson that she has written for Vanity Fair over the last 17 years,
http://www.vanityfair.com/online/politics/2009/06/michael-jackson-is-gone-but-the-sad-facts-remain.html

Posted by: maddymappo | July 7, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

The comments made by this Buffoon was par for the course that a republican would make further this jackass never commented on the Deviant behavior that the various republicans have engaged in and who were caught so there are republicans were are sex perverts and fotunately they were caught. Mr. Jackson was never found guilty of the slander that jackass king had purported and the fact that monies were paid out doesn't constitute a crime. Further the acts of Mr. Jackson in court was a zealous california's da's office looking to prosecute anyone after their high failure rate to get conventions. Jackass king should keep his mouth totally shut as his mindless dribble and diatribe doesn't impress anyone and it shows the arogance and stupidity that this person possess.

Posted by: fslearjet | July 7, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

I've long been a civil rights activist and a Democrat, but I'm with Peter King on this one, and am delighted he spoke out. The media is bound to have $ motives for its over-the-top coverage of this child-molesting
cosmetic-surgery-addicted freak whose children know neither biological mothers nor fathers, and who killed himself with his drug addiction. What's next? A Congressional resolution honoring OJ?

Posted by: arussell91 | July 7, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

What is all this Republican bashing? I am a lifelong Democrat and I believe the funeral procession should be using a garbage truck instead of a hearse. All we have here was a useless life punctuated with a death resulting from a reckless personal life style. Good riddance!

Posted by: thor41 | July 7, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I think the most disturbing thing that I have heard is Al Sharpton criticizing the press for focusing on the way he died rather than his career. Well I think we need to focus on this matter because if a doctor gave him this poison they should have their license pulled and should be prosecuted. The man had problems so I think Al Sharpton needs to take off his rose colored glasses here and appreciate the fact that someone is seeking the truth in his death. I do think Michael Jackson had problems and it was not normal behavior to want to sleep (if that is what they did) with young boys. I know if someone in my family or a friend (adult male or female)said that they did this I would be concerned enough to suggest counseling. Folks I don't care who he is this is just not normal behavior.

Posted by: flcraker | July 7, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Jackson was tried, and acquitted. People with no experience in criminal law don't appreciate how seldom acquittals occur... especially when someone is accused (guilty or not) of victimizing children. In such cases, the accused almost has to prove his innocence (instructions that the state has the burden of proof are routinely ignored, or misunderstood... and I've interviewed many, many jurors, post trial... I'm not making this up).

I'm not a Jackson fan, and I think there IS too much hype over his death (Geez, you would think we'd just lost Bob Dylan or Paul Simon)... but to continue slamming him with allegations that were REJECTED by a jury is just wrong.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | July 7, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Rep. King ought look at his own church diocese before he goes after some demented pop star.

http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/m/william_f_murphy/index.html

It's also Hannity's and O'Reilly's diocese, yet nary a word.

Posted by: MerrillFrank | July 7, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Mr. King publically called Mr. Jackson was a pervert, a child molester, and a pedophile.

In law, defamation, (slander for spoken words) is the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government or nation a negative image. It is usually, but not always a requirement that this claim be false and that the publication is communicated to someone other than the person defamed (the claimant).

Mr. King’s statement meets all the provisions of slander and he should be required to prove his statements are true, in a court of law, or pay justifiable restitution to the estate of Mr. Jackson.

Posted by: GabsDaD | July 7, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

GabsDaD
It is usually, but not always a requirement that this claim be false.

If a claim is factually true, then that is an absolute defense against an accusation of slander. Can you cite an example to the contrary? Didn't think so.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

The phrase that keeps running through my mind as I read these posts is "Bigots run amok!"

Posted by: memagwoodcmsgt01 | July 7, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

As I read these posts the thought that keeps running through my mind is "Bigots run amok!"

Posted by: memagwoodcmsgt01 | July 7, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Peter King is the epitomy of the hateful, racist, knee jerk community leaders of a bygone era, these dinosaurs need to be kicked to the curb and laid to rest as soon as possible.

I would trust my three young children with MJ anytime, any day anywhere, but I swear I would not trust my dog with Peter King, he is a foul mouth, bigot, racist, hateful fool, who knows how he would treat my dog.

Just get lost Peter King, when you die, no one will care or know who you were.

God Bless you Michael Jackson, our angel.

Posted by: obeeone | July 7, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Peter King: You look nothing short of a Pervert, Pedophile, child molester, fudge packing white trash from a White Christians and Jews Only Party. You need to take a quick visit to Iraq and Afghanistan without a flak jacket without an escort.

Posted by: IAMCanadian1 | July 7, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

krankyman: *snip* NO parent with a sound mind is going to take a 23 million dollar settlement and let their childs molester walk.

Oh, really? Think not? You ARE an idiot.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | July 7, 2009 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious - a member of a party known quite prophetically as the Grand Ole PAEDOPHILES is expressing outrage at Michael Jackson
Wonder wher ole Peter King was when his buddy and fellow member of the Grand Ole Paedophiles - Mark Foley - was busying himself harassing kids in Congress.....King was probably too busy defending the "Good Christian" paedophile priests of the Paedophile Church

Posted by: Trojan14 | July 7, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I do not know who this guy is, & it sounds like, from what his own people say, I do not want to know him, & would not vote for him. However, I disagree with his comments on MJ’s character. He did not know him personally, only what the media said about him & I rest my case on the media issue. But, what he said about congress & the battle in congress to give him a humanitarian award or whatever & all the medias hoop & holla over this young man since his death. What has he done for humanity’s sake except make good music? Unless his money went to some humanitarian non-profit organization or faith-based mission, then why?!! 13 young men lost their lives on the same day in Afghanistan & very little coverage was given to this fact. This is news worthy & medals need to be given daily to the families who send their loved ones in harm way for this country’s continuous freedom. I had a friend who died that same day & she did so much for Africa & established an African Health Organization in Africa & so much more & yet, her death to the world went unnoticed. She should be given a humanitarian award. Can I present her before our congress?

Posted by: denisenord | July 7, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

The media is bound to have $ motives for its over-the-top coverage of this child-molesting
cosmetic-surgery-addicted freak whose children know neither biological mothers
Posted by: arussell91 | July 7, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse "

You means as opposed to the US Media's fawning adulation of the self confessed proud rapist paedophile perverts from the 101st Screeching Paedophiles pride of the US military ???
Yeah took 5 or 6 of those "mighty heroes" from the 101st Screeching Paedophiles to rape and molest a 14 year old kid an act which they PROUDLY admitted to and boasted about yet a**holes like YOU venerate and adore and worship those A**hole child molesting perverts Steven Green, James Barker and Paul Cortez

Posted by: Trojan14 | July 7, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

13 young men lost their lives on the same day in Afghanistan & very little coverage was given to this fact. This is news worthy & medals need to be given daily to the families who send their loved ones in harm way for this country’s continuous freedom.

Posted by: denisenord | July 7, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse"

Those US troops were in all probability pervert child molesters (which explains why a paedophile defending pervo like Peter King defends and worships them) like their buddies Steven Green, Paul Cortez and James Barker - the pride of the famed and fearful 101st Screeching Paedophiles.
Facts are that Jackson was tried and found not guilty of qany charges re child molestation etc - which is more than can be said for those perverts from the US military whom YOU and Peter King adore and venerate

Posted by: Trojan14 | July 7, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

obeeone
God Bless you Michael Jackson, our angel.

You're not a parent, are you?

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | July 7, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Peter King just represents the typical non-famous redneck jealous of someone like MJ. Elvis has sex with 13 year old girls and people still love him. MJ is just ACCUSED and rednecks come out of the trailer park on MJ because of only ONE reason.

Posted by: mmpact2 | July 6, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse "

Remember also that the darling of the redneck Christian crowds - Jerry Lee Lewis - married his 13 year old cousin yet asshats like Peter King and the redneck Cletus Buttcrack trailer trash adore and venerate that fvcking southern pervert

Posted by: Trojan14 | July 7, 2009 11:03 PM | Report abuse

Elvis had more proof of being these things you accuse Michael of, yet, I don't remember this kind of bile concerning his life or death. Many doubt that he waited for that girl to come of age, he was a huge reclusive mess and he abused drugs.
Posted by: empathy | July 6, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse "

that's cos ole Elvis was a fvcking Southerner and it's pretty well known that southerners are perverts and paedophiles (so it's be more of a shock to find one who isn't) - hell paedophilia is a key tenet of the Christian religion (witness the staunch defence of the Paedophile pastors and priests by Christians) which probably explains the love of Christianity by southerners and rednecks

Posted by: Trojan14 | July 7, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Where's the Joe Jackson playbook on how to raise nine kids from a two bedroom home to world class entertainers.Hats off to Joe , and again thanks for giving this great American story to the world.

Posted by: rentamob1 | July 7, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

To those who write, what about remembering those that died in the wars defending your country in Iraq, Afghan etc.
Guess what, those that died chose to their path. They chose to join the army. They chose to fight knowing the risk of death, so, RIP to them, but there is no sympathy as it was inevitable that death was on the cards.

Posted by: armh1 | July 8, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Big mistake, Peter. You, as an elected public official will be called upon to defend as responsible slandering someone who has been found innocent of your charges. Your argument is therefore with the courts NOT with Michael Jackson. You are basically trashing the institution you have taken an oath to defend. Good luck in the next election. I think you will find out long before then you,sir, have become toast

Posted by: Billy7 | July 8, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Big mistake, Peter. You, as an elected public official will be called upon to defend as responsible slandering someone who has been found innocent of your charges. Your argument is therefore with the courts NOT with Michael Jackson. You are basically trashing the institution you have taken an oath to defend. Good luck in the next election. I think you will find out long before then you,sir, have become toast

Posted by: Billy7 | July 8, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Guess what, those that died chose to their path. They chose to join the army. They chose to fight knowing the risk of death, so, RIP to them, but there is no sympathy as it was inevitable that death was on the cards.


Posted by: armh1 | July 8, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse "

100% correct - those dumb inbred rednecks wanted the wars that they're fighting in and (thankfully) dying in; they were cheering these wars on along with their beloved fat buffoon Toby Keith
Far as I'm concerned those US servicemen / women deserved to die and I'll shed no tears over their deaths as I don't shed any tears over the death over their predecessors' former boss Robert McNamurder

Posted by: Trojan14 | July 8, 2009 10:31 AM | Report abuse

This has been a circus that even the money hungry media should have avoided.

My thanks to the congressman for bringing this to light.

Jackson had talent but for god’s sake don't make him a saint. I am so tired of the bull crap surrounding the miserable life of a majority of these stars and trying to show that they are above the rest. Sorry to say but it is them who guarantee their own demise. And hell I don't give a damn.

If it hadn't been for his money, Jackson would have been rotting in some jail for all the evil he bestowed upon innocent children

Posted by: adanesh | July 8, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The point for me is he owes an apology to the family, fans and people of New York. He can believe whatever he wants. His statement however was crass and disrespectful. I wrote him at his website and I recoment everyone else do the same. This man has no business as a United States representitive.

Posted by: AmberJ | July 8, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Peter King is not the first King to call a funeral an "orgy".

The honor belongs to a character called King, created by Mark Twain.

Here's is the relevant passage from Chapter 25 of Huckleberry Finn:

The king was saying – in the middle of something he'd started in on – " – they bein' partickler friends o' the diseased. That's why they're invited here this evenin'; but to-morrow we want all to come – everybody; for he respected everybody, he liked everybody, and so it's fitten that his funeral orgies sh'd be public." And so he went a-mooning on and on, liking to hear himself talk, and every little while he fetched in his funeral orgies again, till the duke he couldn't stand it no more; so he writes on a little scrap of paper, "obsequies, you old fool," and folds it up, and goes to goo-gooing and reaching it over people's heads to him. The king he reads it, and puts it in his pocket [...] Then he weaves along, again, perfectly ca'm, and goes to dropping in his funeral orgies again every now and then, just like he done before. And when he done it the third time, he says: "I say orgies, not because it's the common term, because it ain't – obsequies bein' the common term – but because orgies is the right term. Obsequies ain't used in England no more, now – it's gone out. We say orgies, now, in England. Orgies is better, because it means the thing you're after, more exact. It's a word that's made up out'n the Greek orgo, out-side, open, abroad; and the Hebrew jeesum, to plant, cover up; hence inter. So, you see, funeral orgies is an open er public funeral."

Posted by: NotaBene | July 8, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

FINELY! someone with the balls to tell it like it really is. You go Mr King i got your back. Weather or not MJ was convicted does not matter (he paid many off) It does not matter if he was a musical genius (he was) or the ultimite showman (he was) bottom line. He died a pedaphile simple and true. May he rest in piece so children around the world can be safe.

Posted by: sixpackdan | July 8, 2009 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Michael Jackson is an incredible human being. You don't trust him because you don't believe in the goodness of people. I did not know a US representative could be so ignorant and prejudiced.

Posted by: MayGreen | July 8, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse

I know you are fond of name calling but your Jackson rant is over the top...

Posted by: edmundsingleton1 | July 9, 2009 5:33 AM | Report abuse

Well hear we go again, another screaming republican talking about what we should think. No respect for the family, or thoughts for the children left behind, or caring what most people think, its about me, me, me. Well you have our attention, and we don't like what we see. When is the next election.

Posted by: StevG | July 9, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Peter King should apologize.

That has nothing to do with criticizing someone who is still being mourned, and that has nothing to do with Michael Jackson's artistic legacy. It is all about speaking spitefully of an INNOCENT man!

In life Michael Jackson was betrayed by people he helped and loved, and he was frequently demonized by media. He deserved justice.

Posted by: MayGreen | July 10, 2009 3:08 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe this YOUTUBE video of this man,peter king,a man full of hatred in his heart and wickedness in his soul is still here.Am I still seeing this!!! OMG!! can someone get rid of his video.I am sick to my stomach....I don't even want to capitalize the p of his name because I think he is not HUMAN.( I AM 1,000% SURE HE HAS NO HEART, THAT OF A HUMAN)

Posted by: baby_87652003 | July 10, 2009 4:50 AM | Report abuse

AND I DON'T GET WHY THESE PEOPLE WOULD PASS JUDGEMENT AS IF THEY'VE ALL THE FACTS AND EVIDENCE ABOUT THE MOLESTATION CASE OF MICHAEL JACKSON. MAN!! AND THEN SOME ARE BITTER ABOUT THE MEDIA DIDN'T GIVE SO MUCH OF A COVERAGE ABOUT FARRAH FAWCETT, WHY? IS THERE A SORT OF CONTEST NOW AND WHO GETS WHO MOST OF THE MEDIA COVERAGE? BUT ONE THING I DO KNOW, IF A CELEBRITY DID SO MANY THINGS TO HUMANITY, THE MEDIA LOVE TO DO A COVARAGE OF THEIR PASSING....AND PEOPLE LOVE TO SEE IT, AND PEOPLE ARE INSPIRED AND WANTED TO BE INSPIRED AND MOVED. MICHAEL JACKSON HELPED SO MANY LESS FORTUNATE HUMAN BEINGS THROUGH CHARITY AND THAT'S WHY THE MEDIA AND THE PEOPLE ARE FASCINATED BY IT. IN RESPECT TO FARRAH FAWCETT, MAY SHE REST IN PEACE, I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY LIVES SHE HAD TOUCHED? SO,PLEASE STOP!!! YOU GUYS EXERCISE TOO MUCH OF YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH ON THINGS THAT ARE NON SENSE...

Posted by: baby_87652003 | July 10, 2009 5:15 AM | Report abuse

"Legendary" wrestler Haystack Calhoun? Really? Legendary? Really?

Posted by: Jumpy66 | July 13, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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