July 6th, 2009
06:41 PM ET
5 years ago

Rep. King on Jackson: 'There's nothing good about this guy'

(CNN) – New York Rep. Peter King called on the media to "knock out the psycho-babble" and stop covering Michael Jackson because "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," King said Sunday in front of the American Legion Hall in Wantagh. "We're too politically correct. No one wants to stand up and say, 'We don't need Michael Jackson.'"

King, a nine-term Republican representative from New York's Third Congressional District, said the media has "disgraced itself," noting that there are people dying everyday.

"There are men and women dying today in Afghanistan. Let's give them the credit they deserve," he added.

Jackson went on trial for child molestation allegations in 2005, but was acquitted after a 14-week media circus of a trial in Santa Maria, California. A decade earlier, prosecutors in Los Angeles declined to file charges in their own 13-month child molestation investigation. That case settled out of court, reportedly with Jackson paying millions in damages.

"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?" King said, asking instead that the public honor people like servicemen, teachers and firefighters.

King defended his comments in an interview Monday with CNN radio affiliate WOR, “The fact is that what he has done as far as young children are concerned, young boys are concerned, is a horrible example to set to the world.”

“…Anyone who causes evil or endangers children, to me that supersedes anything else. And do we as a culture really want to be defined by Michael Jackson's singing and dancing or by the fact that he became a worldwide spectacle for abuse of children? “

King was chairman of the powerful House Homeland Security Committee from 2005 until the Democrats took over the House in January 2007.

He won 64 percent of the vote in his re-election victory last November.

Earlier this year he said he was considering a run for the Senate next year, taking on Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton as New York's junior senator.


Filed under: Michael Jackson • Peter King
soundoff (300 Responses)
  1. paul

    someone with a pair, finally....to speak like it is....

    July 6, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Matt

    CNN can you use a Thesaurus and come up wiith more metaphors for your headlines than just "Slams"? You're over-using it and it often proves to be a gross over-statement after reading the associated article.

    July 6, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Roger

    I believe the Bush administration limited the media'a access to those coming home in coffins from war zones. Also the Bush administration cut funding for teachers & firefighters. I agree with Congressman King on Michael Jackson but gee whiz give me a break, he blindly supported not supporting what he wants supported now. How does that work, he is for it but he voted against it?

    July 6, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. jynx

    Peter King is upset, because when he dies, no one will care other than his family and NO ONE ELSE, who is this nobody anyway, just another never was wanting to get his 1/2 a second of spotlight.

    j

    July 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. sean allen

    If Peter King really feels this way I would like to question him about his dedication to the laws of this country, I would ask him only to point to one legal conviction that proves MJ was a pedophile.
    Innocent until proven black seems to be the case.

    July 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  6. chris

    no kidding, while washington is trying to bankrupt the country with this cap and tax bill that will raise energy costs twice over during a recession the media reports all day on a dead entertainer. this administration is playing on our ignorance and we have nobody to blame but ourselves.

    July 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  7. Independent

    Well, good luck on your next bid for Congress...

    July 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  8. Anonymous

    You just lost our vote.

    July 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Ed Dugan, Mountain Home, Arkansas

    I couldn't agree more. Jackson got more than his 15 minutes of fame and it's gettting very tiresome. Bury him a let's move on. Those people without a life will be the only ones mourning.

    July 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. RJ

    Finally, someone who says what anyone with half a brain knows.

    July 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. Sawgat

    Mr. King, He was not found guily.

    July 6, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  12. William

    I couldn't agree more. I am glad a public figure has come out to condemn the glorification of a pedophile.

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. not a Jackson fan.

    While I completely agree that there is just to much coverage and dramatizasion about the death of a great musician I totally disgree with the extreme rethoric of republican politicians like King, it only shows the reason why the GOP keeps loosing menbers, they are so ready to critized others while covering their own sexual escapades, and claiming falsely they are the party of moral values, remember that Jackson was adquited of the alleged crimes. What a hipocrits!!!.

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  14. Jackson

    the guy is dead...let it go already

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. keemo

    Get a life. It's obvious you don't have one!

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Randy

    He is so correct. The media has all turned into E news. It is so sad that people sit around and watch this trash, another example of our failed public schools.

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. Rick

    In this great country I believe you are considered innocent until proven guilty. Michael's generosity towards and support of many worldwide causes was unparalleled. You definitely have to have a heart to see the good that was in Michael Jackson. Rep. King and his conservative, narrow-minded followers will never come close to making the positive impact to this world that MJ did. Who really cares what you think?

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Unfortunately.... I have to agree with this Republican. Living in California, thinking about the budget shortfall we are facing, it makes no sense to me why L. A. City and County would foot the bill for all the extra police that are needed for security and crowd control at Jackson's memorial tomorrow.

    And all the lost productivity (do any of his "followers" have jobs?) It is as sad as a group of people getting together to see George W Bush as what took place in Oklahoma recently while actually paying for the "privilege." What a waste of time and money!

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. Mike

    Another moralist heard from. The wise and prudent thing to do is not say anything. I guess he is neither. If he is going to judge all sinners, why not comment about Sanford? Judge not lest ye be judged!

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Denise

    Finally, someone speaks out. Thank you. The family is in pain as is normal when a loved one is lost, but enough is enough. Give praise and respect to the much more deserved Veteran, Serviceman, Teacher, police and firemen.

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  21. SHall

    Michael Jackson's passing has absolutely nothing to do with politics–so why even comment. He was more than just a singer who "did some dancing"–this just illustrates how out of touch the GOP is with pop culture and why young Americans like myself don't support their party. You don't have to like Michael Jackson's music, and you can go on believing he commited crimes, even though he was aquitted–but a man, a human being has died and a family mourns for him. Have some respect

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  22. Todd in Georgia

    It is obvious that Rep. Peter King does not believe in the 1st amendment rights of the press. It is that right that has helped ideas to spread, and debate and discussion to win over tyranny.

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  23. Paul

    Well, the jury disagreed with Rep King, so if he wants to spout off to hear himself talk – as he so often does – perhaps he should get his facts straight. And this is just one example of why this blowhard will never amount to anything more than what he is today – a lowly Congressman. With him as an option, it's no wonder the NY Senate seat will stay in the Democrats hold!

    July 6, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  24. Ray

    Sooo who is this Peter King again? What the heck have you done for the world? Michael Jackson has done a lot more for the world than I'm sure you can ever do in your lifetime. He was never proven guilty of anything either so get it right. Michael was and always will be the King of Pop and he meant a lot to the majority of human life on this planet, let's see if you can accomplish the same. Get over it and let people see the coverage of their beloved Michael. We will miss you, R.I.P.

    ~ One of Michael's biggest fans!

    July 6, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. Jeff in Houston

    Apparently, Representative King has no respect for due process; Jackson was found innocent. And, even while I hotly disagree with some of the things Jackson did, there is no denying he was an incredibly brilliant entertainer that brought joy to millions.

    Representative King, pick up a history book an read about the sins of our founding fathers. Then shut up.

    July 6, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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