Rep. Peter King may be speaking for a lot of people with his tirade against the media for devoting so much time to Michael Jackson's death. Even some of us media people are wearying of the some of the excessive cable TV coverage.
King, a Republican congressman who represents a conservative Long Island, NY district, is especially ticked because all this attention is being bestowed on a man he calls a "pervert" and "low-life" who, he allows "had some talent" but really wasn't to be trusted around children.
In a YouTube video King, whose New York accent and I-call-it-as-I-see-it attitude will likely remind many of Archie Bunker, begins by saying that as he spent time back in his district for the July 4 congressional break, the Wantagh, NY American Legion hall and firehouse got him to thinking. He said:
It really reminded me of the great men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. People fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan today. Cops, firefighters, teachers, none of them who get much credit. And yet for the last I don't know how long now this low life Michael Jackson his name, his face, his picture is all over the newspapers, television, radio. It's all we hear about, Michael Jackson.
And let's knock out the psychobabble. 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. No one wants to stand up and say we don't need Michael Jackson.
He died, he had some talent, fine. There are people dying every day. There are people dying say in Afghanistan. Let's give them the credit they deserve. I think the media has disgraced itself. I think too many people in public life have made fools of themselves by talking about Michael Jackson as if he's some sort of a hero. There's nothing good about this guy. He may have been a good singer, did some dancing. But bottom line is, would you let your child or grandchild be in the same room with Michael Jackson? What are we glorifying him for?
We suggest the congressman avoid all TVs and radios tomorrow since the occasion of Jackson's memorial service will assuredly send all the coverage of more than a week into a final frenzy. At least, I think it will be the final frenzy.