Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Is Rep. Peter King just not very bright, or is he demagoguing the death of the "pervert" Michael Jackson? (Some choice!)

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"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.' You know, he died, he had some talent, but fine. There are people dying every day, there's men and women dying, say, in Afghanistan. Let's give them the credit they deserve."
-- from a video posted on YouTube Sunday by NYS Rep. Peter King

by Ken

Time was when Rep. Peter King was thought of, and I imagine thought of himself, as a "moderate" Republican. Apparently no longer.

Perhaps our Pete has noticed that alleged moderateness hasn't been saving the dwindling ranks of Northeastern Republicans in Congress from extinction, or perhaps he's emboldened by the 64 percent of the vote he racked up in 2008 in his Long Island district. (NY-03 straddles Nassau and Suffolk Counties on New York's Long Island.) There is talk of his challenging Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand next year for the Senate seat she was appointed to.

Amid the countdown to today's Michael Jackson public memorial in Los Angeles today, Representative King seems to have felt a need to weigh in. You may recall that Noah, in his DWT remembrance of Michael Jackson, commented on the mindless media cacaphony, noted: "What I haven’t heard is anything about the baby-dangling, serving the Jesus Juice to little boys, or even attempting to buy the Elephant Man’s bones." Well, you knew that couldn't last.



On HuffPost, Sam Stein has reported, "Michael Jackson Fans Raise Money to Defeat Peter King." And last night the Washington Post's milder-than-milquetoast Mary Ann Akers posted this follow-up:
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. . . .

Mary Ann also notes: "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."

There is, of course, much to complain about in the kind of media attention the death of MJ has spawned. Even the controversial word "orgy" used by the congressman could be defended. But he made it clear that it wasn't the kind of attention he was speaking out against, it was the fact of all that coverage.

Parenthetically, you may recall that Noah also wrote:
There has been some brief mention of [MJ's] legal trials, but he was, after all, acquitted, so it would be awkward for the media to spend much time dredging up the muck -- not that I wouldn’t put it past them. A modicum of decorum, and respect for the old adage that one is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law from the media? Now, that would be news!

Sigh.

Thinking back, I actually don't recall hearing the congressman talk a lot about the mess in Afghanistan. Of course, there isn't much indication that he has anything useful to say on the subject. This was just your standard "Yes, We Got No Brains" Republican support-our-troops obfuscation. If our Pete really doesn't see that the one story has nothing to do with the other . . . oh, never mind. If he doesn't see the difference, he's not very bright, while if he sees the difference he's just demagoguing.

Not much of a choice.

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9 Comments:

At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peter King is indeed a jerk!! Like you said regarding his comment on Afganistan etc, what does one thing have to do with the other? He is a typical white jingoistic middle aged man who is trying to matter and be relevant. Michael Jackson is a significant figure in this country and the "controversy" stemmed from leeches who tried to get money out of him as well as the stupid white DA who was racist!! I am a white woman so I can call it as it is - racism - pure and simple!!! Peter King does not speak for me or any one with a love and appreciation for Michael Jackson. Fuck you Peter King and fuck all those who agree with you!!!!

 
At 9:10 AM, Anonymous Balakirev said...

Peter King, moderate? The guy who opposes closing Guantanamo, claims there are too many mosques in the US, opposed McCain's calls to end our use of torture, and supports the Iraq War and the Patriot Act? Granted, we now live in a bizarre non-reality where the Dems are conservative and the Rethugs are screaming-raving-loony-off-the-wall-radicals, but under what definition might King be termed a moderate? I suspect he might wish to be called a moderate if he goes ahead with a senatorial bid, but his record stands against him.

Not that a record matters, of course, anymore. Our fearless mainstream media have seen to that!

 
At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I mean I think the media is over doing Michael Jackson's death, but this guy is an asshole. I didn't care about the Jackson coverage until there was nary a peep of McNamara finally dying. The guy was a monster who had a major affect on this country. No one wanted to talk about how if we paid attention to that monster we might have avoided some of today's problems.

 
At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Vargo said...

Rep. King was right on the money. Michael Jackson was a very talented artist, whether or not he was a pedofile and a pervert. However, I am tired of hearing about MJ. I was hoping that the media would finally be over him after his memorial service, but due to his doctor give him medication illegally, now we have to deal with this crap for another 2-3 weeks.

 
At 2:36 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I was so relieved to hear someone finally speaking up and saying that MJ was a jerk. Sure, who in the 80's didn't love his songs? But as a father of two sons, the guy is the kind of person you have nightmares about. He IS a pedophile. He admitted to sleeping with young boys and then paid millions off to their families.

King is the only honest guy out there and if I could, I would vote for him in a second.

 
At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Balakirev said...

"King is the only honest guy out there..."

Really? You mean his comment about the US having too many mosques? In other words, we should prevent people from worshiping in houses of their own choice?

"...and if I could, I would vote for him in a second."

Because calling Michael Jackson a pervert is a good index of, you know, political intelligence and leadership.

 
At 2:57 PM, Blogger 333 said...

I don't even know where to begin with this Media Crap. First off, MJ was an amazing talent, superior to most artists and he had some very common personal psychological traits that more than 40% of Americans have.

He was narcissistic (85% of the world and if you use Twitter everyday, you are of the 85%), he was embarressed by the idea that he looked like his father, a person who was a child-abuser(35% of American parents) and he suffered severe psyhological damage from years of Child Abuse.

I guess you fucks out there, that can't stand Micheal Jackson just like to ignore reality. You are the people that defend the Catholic priests and the Preachers and the Teachers that rape children on a daily basis. MJ wasn't accused of rape, he was accused of Molestation. The difference is, in Molestation, its your word against his. In rape charges, its easy to figure out what really happened. Molestation charges are usually false and in most states means if the child sees your pecker while your in the shower, you can be charged. So sit down and shut the hell up. McCauly Culkin was accused of having a J/O session with MJ as seen by a former-employee, under-oath. Culkin testified, under oath that was a flat-out lie. Who do you believe, the witness or the alledged victim?

This story of MJ is important because only about 28% of Americans loudly proclaim their hate for him. Most of those people are rednecks hiding something about themselves, I would imagine, just like all the Republicans that are charged with Sexual Deviancy lately.

MJ was more popular than most people's version of Jesus. Not mine of course. That makes a lot of people mad. That a man with such talent and power over emotion and musical genius overpowers KKK hate and hypocrisy rules this media cycle.

If you are missing the point about MJ, its probably because you have an IQ of less than 87 amd fail to realize the real story behind MJ.

Stop Child Abuse, MJ is the result of Religious fanatics and overzealous parents that abuse their kids and live vicariously through their forced-success. Sounds like a Conservative Republican and Democratic version of " Family Values" to me.

Thats the real message here.

 
At 9:52 PM, Blogger lucius0729 said...

We wouldn't have men and women dying in Iraq or Afghanistan if they had not been sent there under false pretenses, if they had not LIED. It's time to stop beating around the "Bush" he LIED and over 4000 men and women died and he needs to be held accountable. This congressman needs to stop and think about how many voters he will disenfranchise with his comments. I hope he finds out when elections roll around.

 
At 11:17 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Peter King may not be a racist but he's now wanting to be a "neihborhood guy" who can call African Americans "Muleans" and "wink and nod" and what's worse appeal to the same kinds of people who call African Americans "Schwartzas" or "Blackies" or whatever. So in my mind he's no different in fact he's worse since he plays to the "base fears" and "racism" in his own consituency. If Peter thinks this is going to fly with people in his own congressional district let alone allow him a shot at becoming a US Senator he's out of his mind.

 

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