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. K. Owens

    Sadly, this type of 'sentiment' does not surprise me. Yet every American is entitled to exercise their right to free speech (no matter ignorant and hate-laced their opinions). With the recent 'recant' of the first accuser and the acquittal of the charges brought against Michael Jackson in 2005, peace will never be still.

    Michael Jackson will always be remembered by people all over this world as someone who was immensely talented, loving, caring, and giving ... and beyond everything else ... a human being. What has this politician done in an attempt to make the world a better place? Exactly ... crickets.

    I wonder where this politician was when the case involving Woody Allen was heavily in the news? But I guess it was okay for him because he actually married his daughter in the end, right?

    July 6, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  2. Just another American

    Can't wait to see how his constituency responds to this.

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. CathyW

    As much as I'm tired of the coverage of MJ, I do have to wonder about this man's accusations. Was he in the court room during MJ's trial? Did he have access to any real evidence? Or is he merely believing the same sensationalistic media that he likes to accuse of having a liberal bias? He has NO IDEA if MJ was a criminal or not. Just as I don't, and just as 99.9% of those who like to consider him a pervert.

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. Don

    My question is why is the family wanting to put on this gala affair? Only one answer there, its called record sales. The more of a circus atmosphere the more record sales. But then what do you expect from a disfunctional family anyway?

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. Ashley

    Wow, what a ding dong. Whatever happened to let the dead rest in peace. To be saying all this stuff about Michael after being acquitted is so disgraceful. Whether u liked Michael Jackson or not, he is the KING OF POP and believe it or not, he touched the lives of many people through his music and charities. Yeah, my hat goes out to the people fighting for this country but arent we all here to make a difference in one way or the other. Michael Jackson made a difference in his own way and he would be greatly missed. I think you have a serious problem to talk about Michael Jackson like this.

    RIP Michael Jackson!!!

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. John Giberson

    Amen Brother!!!!

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. Anonymous

    I thought it was "Innocent until proven guilty" Have our laws changed? MJ was found innocent in both cases filed against him in a court of law. Is this guy saying that our law system doesn't work? The evil in this world stems from greed, jelousy and those who don't care about stepping over others as long as they get what they want. It's unfortunate that some people are to blind to see this.

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. S

    It's good to know that innocent until proven guilty doesn't mean anything to this Repub – it confirms they have no respect for our laws or legal system.

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. elliott

    Even if what he said was true.....some things are better left unsaid......

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. T. J. Wilkinson

    Last I looked, MJ was found Not Guilty of these charges. Would I allow my kids to be with him? Yes. While I think MJ had some serious issues, I do not believe he would harm a child.

    Since Rep. King is so certain, perhaps we should make some accusations against him, and then continue to promote them even after (and IF) he is found Not Guilty by a Jury.

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. lisa

    Nice.. Another government official opening his big mouth.. Hey buddy.. let's stop the government congressmen and senators from using their power and messing around on their wives.. On our dime.. Yeah there has been a load of coverage about MJ.. but at least he has fans.. can you say the same?? shut your mouth.. and use it where you should be.. in congress.. God bless out troops....

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  12. Lemon

    Typical to most Republicans these days, he's casting a stone he shouldn't be throwing, and I expect we'll find out Rep. King is himself a pedophile. He doesn't care one way or the other. This is just a media opp to set him up as a conservative in the senate race next year.

    Pitiful.

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. junebug

    I agreee whole heartedly with Mr. King. Michael Jackson had to die for people to stop calling him a child molester, now that he is dead they put him on a pedestal. We in the US are sick if Michael Jackson is the what we call a King of anything.

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Congratulations! finally someone said it. I am sick and tired of hearing about Michael Jackson.

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  15. Alfa

    Michael Jackson was never convicted of being a child molester or a pedophile, we should ask Peter King what does it say about us as a country when one of our congressmen issues convictions freely and against a deceased who can no longer defend himself.

    Peter King should realise that it is not the media giving Michael Jackson all this attention, it's his many fans who are demanding it because he was one of the greatest entertainers of all time, not someone who "may have been a good signer and did some dancing". At the end of the day, no one will ever remember Peter King, but few will ever forget Michael Jackson, that's punishment enough for any shriveled up no talent politician like Peter King.

    July 6, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  16. Joe Arena

    Amen !!!!!!!!

    Finally someone had the guts to state what many of us have felt.

    Thank you Mr. King !

    July 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  17. Ann

    Peter who????

    July 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  18. Luvenia

    Mr. Whoever you are, I never even heard of your pathetic self before. The King of Pop broke racial barriers. He is a true icon. And he never did anything to those children! You on the other hand are something that I never heard of before and you're so jealous that you will not get any attention when you die. You pathetic excuse of a man!

    July 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. mike

    so true......where did we go wrong????

    July 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  20. Paul

    Another holier than thou Republican speaks...

    Aint you guys ashamed?

    MJ was never convicted ..leave him alone.....deal with the Palins, Sanfords and the like....

    July 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Babu X.

    Mr. King (the Rep.):

    Which court decided Michael Jackson (MJ) as a child molester? You are a Rep. You should be ashamed of yourself for the comments you made regarding MJ (the real KING). Please do that.

    People are dying every day everywhere. But the KING of pop MJ has touched almost every soul in the earth (for last few decades). Don't you know that? Please start respecting others.

    Thank you.
    Babu from Florida

    July 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. Gary,TX

    Keep it coming Reps .. Everyone loves you guys. Now run along and go play with Rush and Dick

    July 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. Norcal DM

    Frankly speaking, I don't think NY needs someone like King representing them. The charges against MJ were unfounded, and still to this day they are unfounded. He was a man child, an individual who never grew out of his childhood because he did not have a formal childhood. He was someone who had enough love for everyone and spread this to all who came across him. Everyone who was around MJ stated that he could never harm a child, and could never do so. Anyone who says other wise should look at themselves in the mirror and do some of their own introspection.

    Regarding King, Gillenbrand will beat the pants off him. Hes a terrible rep and is extremely corrupt. He will get what is coming to him in the next election

    July 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  24. Michael A Jones

    Rep. Peter King, before you cast any stones or render moral judgement about another human being, please open up your closet first! Mankind is not infallible!

    July 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  25. Ann

    Mr. King would do well to remember that Michael Jackson was found not guilty of those charges. I live in NY and think the coverage has been appropriate considering the magnitude of the loss. Get a grip, Mr. King, we all appreciate and thank all the men and women that die for us everyday, they are not being unaccounted for by the media coverage of Michael Jackson. The King of Pop deserves the coverage, you must have been a Stones fan.

    July 6, 2009 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
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