Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) is our only public official with enough chutzpah to denounce the despicable official and media homage to Michael Jackson, an accused child molester and admitted fan of sharing his bed with young boys.
Rep. King boldly said on camera: "This lowlife Michael Jackson -- his name, his face, his picture -- is all over the newspapers, television, radio. It's all we hear about is Michael Jackson. 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 that say about us as a country? "
King criticizes the media lovefest and while he's at it, takes a subtle swipe at his Democrat colleagues, who called for an official moment of silence in tribute to Michael Jackson on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.
"So I really 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 kind of hero. There's nothing good about this guy. He may have been a good singer, did some dancing. But the bottom line is: would you let your child or grandchild be in the room with Michael Jackson? What are we glorifying him for?"
I wrote about my outrage when Congress held the official tribute to Jackson on the hallowed floor of the House the day after he died. Now my outrage is focused on the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has called for a national day of mourning and a postage stamp to honor MJ.
As Rep. King put it: Would Rev. Sharpton have allowed his sons or grandsons to spend the night with Michael Jackson? I doubt it.
King deserves our admiration for publicly chiding the media and public officials for being "too politically correct."
Also, King is absolutely correct when he stated that: "No one wants to stand up and say 'We don't need Michael Jackson'. He died, he had some talent, fine. But people are dying every day. There's men and women, dying, say, in Afghanistan. Let's give them the credit they deserve."
The public memorial Tuesday in Los Angeles for the 50-year-old singer -- who died from what may have been a prescription drug overdose -- will be so over the top that police are shutting down all the streets surrounding the Staples Center, and the media are camped out for live network coverage as if a president had died.
So tomorrow, when we are inundated with the media's Michael Jackson lovefest, let's all try to keep Rep. Pete King's words in mind:
"Let's take some time out to really focus on the people that do make us a great country: the men and women of the armed forces, police, firefighters, teachers who work in really rough neighborhoods, people who volunteer with dying cancer patients, people who work in AIDS clinics -- they are the ones we should be glorifying -- not some pervert like Michael Jackson."