July 6th, 2009
06:41 PM ET
13 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. Steve D

    Rep King, like GOPers in general these days, "Party of No", is simply out of touch with reality. MJ with global fame and noted by Guinness as the most giving of all entertainers, has done more for the world than King will ever do. Why doesn't he take his own advice and speak about something he thinks is important vs slamming MJ.

    July 6, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. No Incumbents 2010

    With his statement about MJ, Peter King has disgraced himself and his district by showing that he has no respect for black people. MJ was never convicted of any charges. There were a lot of people who lied as part of a shakedown of MJ. Peter King needs to resign and give someone else a chance to serve.

    July 6, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. Tim

    Finally someone who has the guts to tell it like it is. Thank you!!!

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. Hobart

    In the imortal words of Ken Starr, "Those charges were litigated. He won." (paraphrasing)

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  5. Dave

    I could not agree more. What has this country come to when someone of such a dubious chartacter is held up as an Icon?

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  6. Tom May

    AMEN!!! Brother. The media is so self indulgent. They run this country, not you and me.

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Liz Hood

    Bravo, Rep. King! Thank you for having the courage to say what so few would. Our country has become one of "worshippers" of their celebrities rather than worshippers of God. Continue to stand strong!

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  8. Rumsfeld

    I would agree that the media has gone overboard with MJ coverage. However, I don't think Rep. King should be slinging comments such as "pervert" either. Your opinion is best kept in silence when commenting about the dead.

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. mattS

    not everyone wants to read about the senseless dieing of soldiers. some people want to remember the ones that they went through childhood watching and listening to...admiring their individuality and accomplishments that no one else has ever been able to touch. How can a man shout out on something that was never proven. Innocent until proven guilty.

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Bread and Circuses

    Thank god we have another item for the sheep of both parties to comment on, lest they pay attention to the activites of our government.

    Then again, my sentiment will be lost in the sea of invective hurled by partisans of all sides

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  11. cessieabe2

    Is this guy serious?

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Crappy

    Lighten up dude. Sounds to me like you're covering for some skeletons you have in your closet. Diddled a few kids of your own? There's nothing like right-wing hypocrisy, especially when many of these 'conservatives' have plenty to hide themselves – stop telling people how to live their lives, and fix your own.

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  13. Kelvin

    Why does people harp on allegations? Michael was never convicted of any wrong doing. He was a rich naive target for many people. In the U.S. we have a innocent until proven guilty!

    July 6, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. vlpzul

    Amen!! It's about time someone called it like it is.

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  15. TONY NY

    What a jerk this guy is he has always been jerk and in my book will never stop being one just another disgruntled republican thug.

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. David Jenkins

    More of the Republican plan to woo black voters. Hahahaha!

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Phil Thompson

    I like this guy.

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  18. Kenneth Bargers

    This is an appauling statement from a public official representing his constituent of New York. This is one more example of his ignorance or miscalculation of the public sentiment at large – yet amazingly his fellow citizens elected him multiple terms. Does his district continue to be proud or ashamed?

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |

    This congressman must be defeated .. Micheal Jackson was never convicted of any wrong doing ....
    Some shameles parents were just trying to extort money from him.
    Please show some respect the man is dead...

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  20. MarionN

    I'm speechless! Is this lawmaker so desperate that he is trying to score points, talking bad about a dead person? How much lower can he go,
    considering that there are millions of people worldwide mourning?
    Hope that Karma comes around and bites him!!!!!

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  21. Howie

    Some folks said the same thing about him. What a loser – and to think he's be REelected repeatedly....

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  22. ER

    I may not have liked Michael Jackson or his recent music, but I'm a lot more offended by Rep. King. King makes Jackson look like a saint! This guy is still in congress? This speaks very poorly of his district.

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  23. shawn

    Growing up (before the accusations) republicans never liked michael jackson. They never liked the thought of a black man being the biggest popstar in the world. (They still don't).

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Gregg

    I agree 100%. I am glad that he had the courage to speak the truth.

    July 6, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. marshall

    waoouh, what a comment. i don't think its appropriate at this particular time when family and friends still mourn the legend that passed away.
    but i do agree that the media EXAGGERATED WITH MJ DEATH COVERAGE...

    July 6, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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