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July 6th, 2009
10:31 AM ET

Out of Bounds?

Rep. Peter King says he’s appealing to real people when he says the media should focus more on the men and women of the U.S. military than on Michael Jackson. He calls Jackson a child molester and pedophile. It’s easy to argue the media coverage of Michael Jackson has been excessive, but is it fair to attack a dead man who can’t defend himself? Share your thoughts: do you agree with Rep. Peter King? Or are his remarks out of line?


Filed under: Tony Harris
soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Mark K-Broward FL

    King must have no respect for the Courts or the law then because they found Michael Jackson not guilty of any of those charges. Perhaps King is not qualified to be a Representative given his disdain for American courts and the law.

    July 6, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  2. Crystal

    I think Rep King is totally out of line. Michael Jackson was proven innocent in a court of law!!! I hate to think that one of our representatives has so little faith in our legal system.

    July 6, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  3. Charlie Erickson

    It's a classic case of someone speaking before thinking. But then again, he is a politician, and most are incapable of thinking outside of their party mentality. Why do you think they are God's gift to the world of stand-up and skit comedy?

    All an investigative reporter has to do, is dig a little into his life. I betcha that all kinds of abnormal behavior will be found, buried in his woodwork.

    Charlie.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  4. John Allen

    I resent Tony saying "All eyes are on Los Angeles today for the Michael Jackson funeral (sic)." My eyes are NOT.

    I have never been accused of being a racist (I voted for Obama), but this wall-to-wall coverage of Michael Jackson's death and funeral is obscene and and insane. I am ashamed of the TV news networks.

    I agree with the NY congressman.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  5. Ethan

    This man's comments are out of line on the largest scale. If this is the way a representative talks he should resign from being a representative. Michael Jackson is dead,he has no way to defend himself. I see that soon there are going to be more skeletons in the closet coming out.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  6. Shaunyce

    I completely believe that this man is out of line. He of all people should believe in the justice system and Jackson was acquitted of all charges. It's ignorant people like him that make this country look bad. He say we need to honor the people in Afghanistan and so forth and we do, that what the 4th of July is for and Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Michael Jackson helped more children than he could ever hurt. If he is appealing to real people then those are far and few in between because all the newscasts that are covering Michael Jackson's death ratings has gone up. Michael shouldn't have to defend himself after death, Lord forbid people like King would understand that. His statements completely agitate me. I think that the coverage is getting excessive but I find myself everytime something about him comes on I turn the volume up on my television.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  7. Bryan Stuart

    Does the Congressman have evidence to back up his charges other than what was presented in court when Michael was acquitted? Does he not respect the judicial process? His comments are ignorant and disappointing.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  8. Beryl Jackson

    I think Rep . King has committed libel which is definded as : to publish in print (including pictures), writing or broadcast through radio, television or film, an untruth about another which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation, by tending to bring the target into ridicule, hatred, scorn or contempt of others. Libel is the written or broadcast form of defamation. Michael Jackson was found innocence of molestation charges. So why does Rep. King think that he can condemn him now that he has died. I hope someone sues this ignorant , hateful man. Sounds like he has anger issuses.

    bj
    Atlanta

    July 6, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  9. nils

    I have to agree. You had up-to-date coverage on the events in Iran; which is a current event that has far reaching implications for our nation. Then, when Jackson died, all coverage of everything else stopped. That would have been ok for a day maybe two. But the coverage has gone way to far. I tried to give cnn a chance because I watch you guys a lot. Every time I turned on the tv, there is still stuff about Jackson. Well, I am not watching CNN anymore. Being in the military, I need to keep up on current events. Yes, Michael Jackson was great in music, but that was the extent of it. It's not like he became president! Jacksons life, death, or funneral is not going to affect any of us. your coverage of Korea, Iran, Russia, and Afghanistan will.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:16 am |
  10. Crystal Rowlett

    As I looked at your name, I wondered why you have your job as a representative. It shames me to think you have the position that you do and you are just realizing the state of our country with the death of Micheal Jackson. While I do not support his personal life or mistakes, or choices, there are many that enjoyed his talent and he deserves his moment for his success. Unfortunately our country has many talented people, with very troubled personal lives, MJ will not be the last. I can only hope that your good deeds in your current position tell us more about the good man you are than, what we will find in your closet when you die? Be care with the finger pointing, we already are watching the personal life of a governer, that was respected, being played out publicly. Let God judge them.......

    July 6, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  11. Bob Hunt

    M Jackson lived with the allegations while he was alive. To limit comments to all that is good about M Jackson isn't correct either.
    But to slam someone like this seems senseless. He should direct his opinions to the millions of millions of people that want to see M Jackson's services, or those that are buying up anything they can find related to him.
    I think it's ludicrous. He was a singer and seller of records. But that's what the masses like.
    Personally, I think they should open the stadiums for mourners of slain police officers, but sadly only a few people would show up.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  12. Charles Kopack

    I think that it is unfair to attack Mr. Jackson, after all he was never convicted. But I have to afree that the media coverage has been extremely excessive.

    Was he a pedophile or child molester? We will never know.

    Did he make positive contributions to thearts? Yes, definitely.

    But he does not derserve the excessive media coverage he has gotten.

    Rep. King is correct insofar as media coverage of other items.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  13. Rhea

    Hey! The biggest problem with our Canadian h.c system is that we don't have enough Dr's and specialists... even if we were privatized, there would be waiting times.. you can't see people who aren't there!!! I am eternally grateful that I will never lose my home because I've had the misfortune of being diagnosed with Cancer, had a premature baby or been in a devastating accident.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  14. jennifer tracey

    I was just watching the news on cnn and they were talking about the Canadian health care system. I am so sick and tired of the United States of a America being so arrogant and ignorant to almost every country in the world except their own. Are health care is free , its not perfect but its FREE stop trying to down play anything Canada does this is ridiculous. I think YOU SHOULD ALL GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN ABOUT OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD BECAUSE YOU ALL SOUND STUPID,ARROGANT, AND DID I MENTION IGNORANT.
    Oh yea and I'm not talking about all Americans , you know who you are. If you only know about the United states and only care to know about the United states than go back to school and get a clue!!

    July 6, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  15. Terry Ortega

    I do not agree with Peter King as far as attacking Michael, but enough is enough. I don't think MJ is a national hero. Too much attention is being focused on him. Let him rest in peace, finally.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  16. gretchen

    What this sorry excuse for a human being said is craz! If I were a member of the Jackson family I would sue him for slander.
    I do believe michael was found not guilty of child molestation.
    SUE, SUE, SUE REP.peter king. he's a piece of work!!!!!!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  17. Stephanie H

    I am glad you are not my representative. You are a lame excuse for representation of the people. You need to keep your nasty opionions of people to yourself, and hopefully re-election WILL NOT BE IN YOUR FUTURE! People like you have tunnel vision and are a detriment to our society moving ahead. Personally I think you need to grow up and see Michael Jackson for the man he was and what he gave us in terms of music and a future for expression.

    You owe your constituents and the Jackson family an apology for your callous attitude. Its people like you that I work hard at to make sure my family and myself are not surrounded by...that type of attitude only brings people down in an already difficult society.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  18. Deloris L. Harris

    Who let this guy out without a leash?? That he is a republican is par for them this year, mistakes, mistakes! MJ is the KING of POP not that this guy can dance! RIP Micheal there isstill ignorance in people like him! AQUTTAL comes to mind!

    July 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm |
  19. Steve S.

    His comments may be out of place and should best be kept to his inner circle, however, he's correct in stating that the media needs to lay off Michael Jackson. I believe all of your coverage is more disrespectful to a deceased person than a politician's opinion. He has a right to voice his opinion based on facts and on disinformation, the media does it all the time. It's time to leave Michael Jackson alone and let him rest in peace. You have officially bored us to death; respect him just as you would request congress to respect him! I'm not a fan of Al Sharpton, but I'm on his side.

    July 6, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  20. Ed in Richmond

    Tony, I'm outraged at NY Congressman Peter King's words about Michael Jackson. I'd like too know exactly what gives Mr King the right to speak out publicly about Michael's worthiness or unworthiness on the face of the earth. I don't see a whole lot in Mr King's portfolio. Michael gave more in his short life to his fans and the world than Mr King has. He'd do well to keep his mouth shut and not add to the distaste I and many other's already have for the GOP.

    July 6, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  21. Elliott

    Peter King's remarks are definitely out of line. Calling Michael Jackson a "low life" "a pedophile" and a "child molester" with no proven evidence for those assertions is outrageous and unbecoming for a congressional representative whose job is to represent all the people. It shows an extreme degree of disrespect, intolerance and insensitivity regarding someone who was a massive figure in the history of popular culture, a quintessential artist and world humanitarian. Representative King saying those things about Jackson would be the same as my saying that King is a demagogue and a racist.

    July 6, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  22. RJ

    For once Peter King is actually right on the money! Its an abomination that we would use any tax dollar to bury a pedophile! I believe the Jackson family should pay for everything considering any money they have is because of MJ! Now as far as Palins concerned shes quitting because shes not up for the job of Governor and she wanted to be V, what a laughing joke she is! Wake up America!

    July 6, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  23. Pat

    His remarks are out of bounds....MJ was proven innocent in a court of law and judged by a conservative group not of his peers.......this boy who accused Jackson as well as Gavin (who he settled with out of court) are both liars in my opinion....Enough is enough....MJ is dead not even 6 feet under yet and there is still all of this hate towards him...MJ could not hurt a fly....the man has given his life....isn't that enough ? What else can he give ?

    July 6, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  24. Ed in Richmond

    Tony, I’m outraged at NY Congressman Peter King’s words about Michael Jackson. I’d like too know exactly what gives Mr King the right to speak out publicly about Michael’s worthiness or unworthiness on the face of the earth. I don’t see a whole lot in Mr King’s portfolio. Michael gave more in his short life to his fans and the world than Mr King has. He’d do well to keep his mouth shut and not add to the distaste I and many other’s already have for the GOP.

    Ed in Richmond, Va

    July 6, 2009 at 12:49 pm |
  25. Laura from Willis

    While I definitely don't agree with Mr. King's choice of words, I do agree that this coverage has gone FAR beyond the call of duty.
    It's going on 2 weeks. I can see talking about it on the 5:30 news, if anything were to change, but, this constant "repitition" is for the Birds.

    Thanks for listening.

    July 6, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  26. Pat

    I am totally disappointed and outraged at Congressman King...I thought he would know better...how dare he ? I say he is a blatant racist....What bizarre lifestyle did MJ have ? We dont know all the facts behind what happened to Jackson's face.....I suspect that there is more to it and this is linked to his death....Although we dont know all the facts yet...I believe Jackson was murdered....I hope tomorrow during the memorial, we will find out what happened to our beloved MJ...May you rest in peace my brother...you have been through enough...Wherever you are, I hope you know you are loved, revered, and forever in our hearts. My sincere condolences to the family and as for Representative King...Good luck next time you run for office...you will need it!

    July 6, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  27. T. Scott

    In 2008 GM released the best car they've ever made, the Pontiac G8. When things got tough the first thing they did was to dump Pontiac in favor of Buick. Make it? Not with Fritz making the decisions.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  28. Bill

    How can they let this GM plan go through? The plan allows for Mexcian and Canada plants to remain open and close US plants. Our tax money is going to help keep Mexican and Canadian workers keep their jobs and give pink slips to US workers.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  29. Paul Minich

    Representative King is on target with his comment. I have been hearing comments like Jackson was a forerunner for Oprah and President Obama. Your coverage is so distorting the importance of Michael Jackson. He is an Icon of Pop Culture, no doubt, but to equate him with people like Martin Luther King , Malcolm X , and all the other people who gave there lives to really allow Oprah and President Obama to achieve there goals is so out of line.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  30. Edward

    Excessive?...it is ridiculous, the media is in a feeding freenzy trying to out do each other. Al Sharpten, Jessie Jackson, getting in on the act, comparing Michael Jackson to Obama, it is disgusting, degrading and debases the memory of Michael Jackson. He was a famous, (infamous) entertainer, not a god, not the president of the U.S., not a super hero. Give it a rest, how much longer are you going to milk this issue? I guess at least until the end of the year. I (like millions of others) will just keep switching the channels until the insanity plays out.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  31. Beatrice

    I would like to remind Rep. Peter King that Michael Jackson was acquitted! What about looking at what he really achieved which are actual facts!? ..and not looking at unproven accusations? What about the money he gave to charities and his work like the song "Man in the Mirror"! This song shows how concerned he was about the state of the world and how much he wanted to contribute to make a better one!

    And I am sure that he must have given a moment of relief to the man and woman in the Military (I am sure a lot of them must be fans!) in just listening to his songs!

    Frankly making this comment at the time of Michael Jackson funeral is shameful and wrong.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:05 pm |
  32. Mayo

    I can't phantom how someone in a public office can make a prejudiced statement like rep. King. Can anyone show me an evidence that makes this man a pedophile? How long can we keep basing judgements on speculations and he say, she say? Worse part being that the man's no longer living to defend himself

    July 6, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  33. V. Chuck Gilliam

    General Motors WILL definitely succeed in years to come. They already have at least 6 super gas saving type vehicles in production and they have the motivation in leadership to make the automobiles of the future as desirable as the public demands.

    I do not know what their stock is selling for at this time early out of bankruptcy but my personal recommendation is to buy, buy, buy! I would venture to say that an investment now will multiply by 10 fold within the next 5 years or less. Bet on it! Chuck Gilliam

    July 6, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  34. Bernice C.

    I agree 100% with Stephanie and may others. I would like to add that when Elvis died, he had at minimum 2 weeks of medea coverage. I don't recall people complaining about the amount of coverage he received. I also think that King should keep his personal opinions to himself. His comments show no regard for the pain that the Jackson family is in or the loss that is felt by millions of fans around the world.
    Candy Crawley was incorrect in her comments which appeared to be in defense of Mr. King, he could not have been more clear about his distain for Micheal Jackson. Yes he did complain about the amount of coverage Micheal is getting but opinion is clear.

    I hope Mr. King will be disappointed at the polls when he comes up for re-election. If he can be so cold and callous about the death of an American Icon, how can he represent all of the people in his district with compassion. Oh I forgot, he is a Republican, he doesn't care about all of the people, just a select few.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  35. Alexia

    I think gm is a joke... i have a grand prix gt that i got 3 months ago then a month after i got it it started on fire on the freeway. I was never contacted about the recall and now have been waiting a month for them to have claims call me. I have been lied to every time i call that they can fix it now or i will get a complimentry car. I lost my job because I work out of my car and they keep pushing back the date that claims will call me. If they really wanted to keep business wouldnt their customer service be better? Wouldnt they make cars that dont start on fire then not help you out when legally they are responsible?

    July 6, 2009 at 1:09 pm |
  36. Allie Madsen

    Please remind Cong King of the Bill of Rights. Article 3 gives him the right to free speech, but not slander. Articles 7 and 8 give Michael Jackson the right to due process, the right to face his accuser. Unfortunately, Michael Jackson is now dead and can’t respond to Cong King. So, remind Cong. King, that while alive, Michael Jackson was never found to be guilty of being a pedophile.
    People can be accused of a lot of things for a lot of reasons. That does not mean accusations are truth. That’s why we have laws.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  37. Chuck, NW Arkansas

    On one hand, King’s remarks are disrespectful and hateful. These remarks and accusations are not helpful. Even if they were true, MJ can not hurt anyone from the grave.
    One the other hand, you have King’s rights due to Freedom Of Speech. Also, it is somewhat illogical for CNN to dig this deep into MJ’s life at this time. Should CNN spend this much coverage on every entertainment figure who dies? There are way too many important issues that get no notice and other media venues where constant coverage of MJ would be more appropriate. By the way, I am not convinced that MJ, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, and Jerry Garcia are actually dead. They are on an island somewhere dedicated to the super rich and highly visible icons who just want to get away from it all.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  38. Tadashi Davis

    This Representative should be ashamed of himself. Usually I am not surprised by politicians lack of tact in some cases, but this one is terrible and unbecoming of a U.S. Represenative. This Representative (of all people) should be educated on topics before you shoot your mouth off. Especially when no one has been convicted of any crime. This was such an ignorant comment. Michael Jackson has done more for society than this pathetic NY Representative could only hope to do.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  39. V. Chuck Gilliam

    I agree with the Congressman, 100%. It is easy to say that attacking a 'dead man' that cannot defend himself is pretty low life in most cases but under these circumstances, pertaining to Michael Jackson however, is a whole new ball game.

    This guy admitted that he 'loves" sleeping with little boys; stating that it is all about "love". That in and of itself is certainly on the level of pedophilia.

    No one can deny that this creep of a character was musically talented and had a pied piper effect on a lot of people, but then so do other snakes that crawl on their bellies. Chuck Gilliam

    July 6, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  40. Mayo

    Since when did rep. King become a spiritual/moral spokesman? The assumption that being in office gives u the right to open your mouth and decide what's news and what's not is simply ridiculous. Someone put a leash on this pitbull, he's going wild. Most people like him end up being caught with their hands in the cookie jar eventually.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  41. Carroll Gant, JR.

    Wow! what a A.O. this rep is. Where has he been? Very Very small I find in saying things that are not TRUE. Atacking a DEAD man is just cowardly!

    July 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  42. RR

    I learned early this morn. tickets to MJ service are being sold on eBay. The family asked this NOT to happen. Why is eBay allowing this to happen. This is the lowest level of our modern society – to profit from a funeral. I guestions those such as Al Sharpton who say they are representing MJ, but say or do nothing to prevent the 'sale' of the memorial tickets.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  43. Charles R Carlson

    Please limit your covered to such stories as that for Michael Jackson to no more than 15 minutes an hour so you can continue to be recognized as a news source and not a sensationalist source. I would like to know what is going on the world, not being told repeatedly the same boring information.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  44. Ruth Dunn

    Of course Rep. King was out of linel he often is. However, CNN needs to change its name to Celebrity News Now! One week of Michael Jackson is outrageous! You are supposed to be a news network giving people information about what is happening in the world. If you are going to be a network that "gives the people what it wants" you can no longer claim to be a news network. Shame on you CNN!

    July 6, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  45. V. Chuck Gilliam

    After reading some of the comments above, I am just amazed at how so many people can overlook the evil in others without ever knowing the extent of damage they may have caused those of whom they played out their self satisfying motives, immoralities and sick conduct..

    Jackson does not deserve to be revered in any manner. Everyone knows he was a weirdo, and he deserves nothing more than what he proved himself to be. Chuck Gilliam

    July 6, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  46. gail

    Rep. Peter King, how dare you speak of Mr. Michael Jackson that way. Were you there when he supposedly molested any child. I continue to read people saying that he was guilty of this crime. They were not there either. He was never found gulity of any of this. Some of you cannot stand the idea of Mr. Jackson (in death) is getting all this attention. What's the problem, are you just jealous or are you all just haters. All you look at is the negativity, which is very very small compared to the many things that Mr. Jackson has done. You don't mention anything about all the monies this MAN has given to different organizations over the years. You all are a bunch of sorry individuals.

    I guess you and others still to this day believe that Iraq had WMD , but that was found not to be true.

    And all the people who continue to say that we should be focusing on our troops, stop using that for an excuse. The people in this country are ALWAYS thinking of our men and women who are serving this country. I was in the military at onetime myself.

    If anyone who has a problem with the attention that Mr. Jackson is getting, then watch a soap opera or turn your TV off.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  47. Sheryl of San Diego, CA

    Rep. Peter King’s statements regarding Michael Jackson are totally out of line. As an elected public servant he should respect the United State’s justice system that acquitted Michael Jackson and not seek to taint his name by bringing up unfound allegations. Rep. King’s statements indicate he lacks cultural competence and cannot understand or relate to the extraordinary accomplishments of this legendary performing artist and entertainer.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  48. Greg Drumwright

    I am outraged by Rep. King’s remarks and display of ignorance! New Yorkers should be ashamed of his comments on their behalf. While I concur with the portion of his comments which praise the contribution of civil servants, I cannot believe that he has chosen to lash out at the memorial coverage in respect to Mr. Jackson. Everyday, for the past seven years in America, mediums such as CNN have graciously reported and documented the noble acts of our esteemed service men and women throughout the world. Therefore, it is not a mistake or oversight on their behalf to offer extended coverage to MJ during the time of his immediate death.

    Is not the fact that this one man has contributed over 300 million dollars to charities WORLDWIDE, in life, and stands to do more in death through the demands of his will, not enough to respect him as a servant, not just of America, but of the entire human race? Who else; what one person has matched that level of a charitable investment for the cause of greater good from their own personal fortune? How could anyone part their lips to say that Michael Jackson was “no good”. Apparently, it is because of the good he represented while he was with us, that in his passing he is receiving due attention.

    Due to the fact that all allegations of sexual misconduct remained just that—ALLEGATIONS, I do not believe it warrants ANY further defense on his behalf in rebuttal to Rep. King’s statements. The period of his life that he was forced to deal with those matters only represented a small portion of the 50 years he was with us. Therefore, King’s comments reek with ignorance little basis of truth. Rep. King could only wish that the work of his life could have half the impact that Michael Jackson has had on people across the globe and eternally throughout generations; in word, song and in deed.

    For the record, I am a former public school administrator and serve my local community as a minister and humanitarian.

    Gregory B. Drumwright

    July 6, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  49. JENNIFER

    HIS COMMENTS ARE TOTALLY MEAN SPIRITED. MICHAEL WAS NOT PERFECT BUT NONE OF US ARE. THIS MAN SOUNDS LIKE SOMEONE WHO IS JEALOUS OF SOMEONE HE DOES NOT LIKE GETTING ATTENTION. MAYBE IF HE WAS KNOWN FOR SOMETHING WORTH WHILE HE MIGHT BE NOTICED FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN A NASTY REMARK ABOUT SOMEONE WHO IS DECEASED.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  50. Bobby J Hickson

    The media is obsessed with MJ. They would not give that kind of coverage to the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.

    Karl Malden, married for 70 years, Academy Award winner, former steel worker and who served in WW2 died this week and maybe got 10 minutes air time.

    Scary that around the time we celebrate Independence Day
    that more people know about MJ that George Washington's Farewell Address or the signers of the Declaration of Independence. That's the kind of coverage that would be NEWS to most people.

    Men love darkness rather than light. Peter King has a right to express himself and has millions that agree with him.
    If you want to idolize MJ, you have picked a FALSE IDOL.

    July 6, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  51. E. Otaigbe

    @RJ..I believe Mr. Jackson went through the judicial system of this country and was aquitted of all charges. if anyone doubted or disagreed with that verdict, they should have protested this while he was alive, not now that dead men cannot defend themselves. Such a cowardly act!
    As to the washed- out Rep from NY,Rep King, you would credit such comments to uneducated "plebians" not a high ranked member of the GOP..what a shame!. Rep..get a life and do not use MJ's death as a launching pad fro your faded career!

    July 6, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  52. michele

    Mr. King was way out of line.....that is pure slander...how would he like it if people went around calling him a child molester....shame on yourself Mr. King....shame....Michael Jackson was proven innocent....what ever happened to INNOCENT TIL PROVEN GUILTY???

    July 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  53. DM

    Absolutely way way too much on jackson, everytime i turn on cnn it's been the same thing for the last week and a half, I think theres alot more important things go'n on like stareing down the end of the korean nukes maybe???

    July 6, 2009 at 2:08 pm |
  54. Hil Gaines

    I can understand if Micheal had been found guilty to have such harsh words but he was not! Rep. King is right in this country lots of great men and women have given their lives to protect our rights and I think he if anyone should respect our courts and their decisions. I don't know if Micheal did it but what I do know about him for sure is that he was a caring man who donated millions to charities.He had a difficult life and was surrounded by abusers. Even with all he went through he was the greatest performer of all time! So I think he does deserve this for once people aren't JUST talking about the horrible speculations!

    July 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm |
  55. Larry

    The unrelenting coverage of this is getting on everyones' nerves. I'll be glad when media coverage is back to normal.

    July 6, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  56. Tadashi Davis

    Let's be honest here, Peter King is a right wing tool. Goes to show how desparate and out of touch he is. MJ has done alot for humanity, civil rights, and entertaiment than most artist and many politicians could ever do. What did rKing do for minorities, if you check his record not much. MJ cared for for minorites when other politicians (Peter King included) did not. Obviously MJ had an effect on King's life otherwise he would not have wasted his time speaking about someone who is dead and did not deserve the media attention. Where was Rep. King's YouTube video thanking the veterans for their work? Where was Rep. King's YouTube video on the Catholic church child mostation scandal in which many involved were indeed found guilty of a crime AND covering it up? Lastly where was King' s YouTube video denouncing the conduct of his fellow Republicans? Mr. King I sure hope you have no skeletons in your closet.

    July 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm |
  57. anthony smith

    Peter King- New York Representative for NY Third District has came out and blasted Michael Jackson!! He has called Jackson a pervert and child molester and he haven't even been buried yet!! King has a right to his opinion but when you're a man of the law I would think it he should follow the letter of the law. Michael Jackson was found not guilty by a court of law!! And that's that!! End of the story!! Peter King has no right IMO to come out as a man of the law and call him a child molester!!

    I wonder what Peter King's actual position on child molesters? Has he passed any strong laws against them? Probably not!! I looked up the child molester register for his office in Massapequa Park and found all kinds of weirdo looking mutha's in his neigborhood. Take a look..http://www.familywatchdog.us/ShowMap.asp?frm=0

    July 6, 2009 at 2:42 pm |
  58. Ethan

    This man’s comments are out of line on the largest scale. If this is the way a representative talks he should resign from being a representative. Michael Jackson is dead,he has no way to defend himself. I see that soon there are going to be more skeletons in the closet coming out.

    July 6, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  59. Patrick

    This guy is a genius, noone knew who he was until a few hours ago, now his face is on CNN as much as Michael Jackson. I think you are giving this guy too much air time, he is a nobody, that is lookin for his 15min. Well Peter congrats you got em.

    July 6, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  60. SOMI ADE

    It is very easy for him to condem Michael Jackson, but has he really looked at himself lately. Also tell him that you are not guilty until proven guilty in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; however ,tell him to love more and quit hating. Record shows that Micheal Jackson is a philantropist and a successful musician with many freinds and fans around the world, that is why he should be celebrated and if possible emulated.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  61. j

    I don't feel MJ's estate should be broadcasted to the world. This should be a private matter...only for those ears mentioned in his will. Nobody needs to know how much his family will inherit, how much his children are worth, or how many debtors he owed. MJ may they finally let you rest in peace!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  62. Gilbert

    For sure, Michael Jackson is no legend in the eyes of everyday Americans. At the same time, Michael and his family deserves respect in his death. Respect not a 24-hour news frenzy!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  63. betsy odell

    I know what NOT to watch tomorrow. (CNN) All day coverage of a side show freak. I am so over MJ. Can't you people talk about anything else?

    July 6, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  64. Rita

    Mr. King's comment is out of line. With a comment like that he is inviting others to find out what is in "King's closet"

    July 6, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  65. Kim

    I would leave my child with him any time. He needs to stop pointing fingers at others because when you point one finger at others there is other four pointing right back at you. Such a angry person.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  66. Judith

    I hear this and am again reminded of why I am so proud to be a Democrat and not a Republican. The Republicans appear to be the most closed minded biggots in the entire country. They should all be ashamed of themselves. Or maybe, practice what they preach for once. That would be a novelty for sure. Again let me say, Michael Jackson was proven innocent. Another thought, this comment takes away the spot light on Alaska's bozos.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  67. Peg

    I don't agree with what the congressman said but I am sick and tired of hearing about Michael Jackson. He may have been found not guilty but he was certainly strange and I still feel there was something odd about his relationship with boys.
    And I have a major objection to public funds being expended on this memorial service. I raad how California is going to be issuing IOUs because of lack of funds, yet they can pay for the extra police and other public services required by this memorial services.
    I'm fed up with the whole thing and I find the constant media coverage a disgrace to news channels.
    I guess this is just another example of the dumbing down of America.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  68. michele

    Mr. King is feeling left out and wants his 15 mins of fame....I WISH CNN WOULD STOP SHOWING THAT.. ITS NOT FAIR TO THE JACKSON FAMILY....THEY JUST LOST A SON,BROTHER,UNCLE ETC...how come when someone in the CNN clan loses a family member its not publized for others worldwide to attack with comments??? i really don't understand this world anymore

    July 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  69. guy

    Excessive coverage? About sickening drivel days after days! You should be ashamed of calling yourselves journalist. There is a real world out there. Get to work!!!!

    And he was acquitted, that is the only thing that matter as to the comment of the politico from NY

    July 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  70. Mike Nunn

    Yes, Even though on most things King and I do not agree – On this issue I do agree. Jackson was a very strange man who most likely engaged in unusual activities with young persons.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  71. bridget

    I think the comments made by King is unfair. whether people think he was innocent or not we are not judge we are not god we dont have that right to judge. he was found not guilty so thats where it should of been left at. yea he admits to letting childrens sleep in his bed my children sleep in my bed so does that make me a child molester and pedophile as well? He did alot throught out his career and over came many trials in his life that why he getting alot of coverage becasue he made a way for others into the music and all that he did. but for the respect of his family and their time in grieving we should keep our thoughts on him to ourselves! if you dont have anything nice to say dont say it at all.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  72. SUSAN

    King is a racist, plain and simple. Not only did he complain that we have too many mosques in the US.. now a man who was found innocent in a court of law... is still guilty. And to think this guy want to run the the US Senate in NY... forgetaboutit...forgetaboutit...forgetaboutit... never will he have another position in government.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  73. tony strebe

    I never thought I would agree with a Republican but Micheal Jackson was a pervert, and enough of glorying him as a national hero. He did absolutely nothing for the country.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  74. Barbin

    The Michael Jackson coverage has been excessive. Yes, he had appeal around the world. Yes, he was unique, but he wasn't of such stature to earn the coverage he's receiving. That said, Congressman. King could have said there was too much coverage without saying much else.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  75. doug neave

    He's right. Move on already

    July 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  76. Billy

    Amen Rep. King

    July 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  77. Msceejay2000

    Agree, perhaps the extra opinion items might be problematic for Mr. King but....

    Bring back the real news. It's shameful that CNN and MSNBC have been so stuck on MJ that to see "real" new I have been resorting to FOX News.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  78. Lyle

    I am not sure that he was a pervert. However, it is not difficult to argue that he was a weird and stranage person. He was black and trying to look white, he had a strange fascination with children, and had little respect for anyone other than his own needs.

    Great entertainer .... yes. Weird and strange.... yes again.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  79. jason

    It seems some people never get tired of talking about elvis. could somebody please tell me how long did the coverage of elvis last.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  80. David Chang

    according to his remarks, he is not qualify to be a congressman

    July 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  81. Belinda

    I think the idiot remark should not have gotten this far. If people are tired of hearing about Michael Jackson and not interested there are other stations to watch.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  82. Linda

    Does this man have no shame? He's obviously envious of all of the attention that MJ is receiving since as a politician he would do anything to get half the attention as shown by his comments.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  83. AppalledinNJ

    I think it is utterly appalling for anyone that has a political platform such as King to be spouting off in public like that. Anyone with an ounce of smarts knows that MJ was acquited!
    The poor guy is dead. Leave him and his family to have some peace. He was a legend and will be remembered for his music and so much more.
    Yet another political figure that should be working in a 7-11...

    July 6, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  84. Alan

    The Congressman is correct - way too much coverage on Jackson. But then, CNN is a serial offender of overblowing coverage of celebrities and would be celebrities. This is the network that gave wall-to-wall stories on the death of Anna Nicole Smith who did nothing to distinguish herself as an entertainer, actress, or person worthy of such coverage.

    There was a time when CNN was the benchmark of excellence in national and international reporting. Too bad it has decided to be at the vanguard of the dumbing down of America with trivial reporting about trivial pursuits.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  85. Gaby

    Hi Rick –
    I agree with Rep King. Michael Jackson was an AMAZING entertainer. Some of the best songs and dances are definitely his. We should however, seperate the entertainer from the man. He himself admitted to sleeping with small boys in his bed "to share the love." This is NOT normal. Anyone who says our troops should not be honored as much or more as Jackson is being honored is nuts. Sorry if this is not politically correct or the "cool" thing to say – but it is what I think.
    Great entertainer – YES...
    Great man...probably not.
    Rep. King...not out of line.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  86. MG

    Congressman King is an idiot! He should not remark on what he is not of. MJ was found not guilty of the charges. However, Mr. King may be guilty of supporting the policies of our former President that has run this country into economic despair.

    Mr. King should get to work on fixing our nation by working with the current administration rather than opening his air hole to slander a good man. Mr. King should speak out on other issues that are more in his lane and leave thoughtful, intelligent talk for adults.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  87. Jasmine

    I believe that Mr. King is way out of line. It doesn't make since for Mr. King to be a congressman and he disrepects the dead like this. Michael's family is already grieving and you hurt them more, by saying something as IGNORANT as this. Michael has changed the world in many ways that Mr. King couldn't have. On top of that, Michael was acquitted on all the charges from the trials. He's not guilty; suck it up and let it go. Now if you really think he did it, then that's your opinion and no one else needs to hear it. If you can't keep comments like these to yourself, about the dead, then what makes you think you deserve to be a congressman. A congressman needs manners, where are yours? [Ignorance from a GROWN man, is a shame.]

    July 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  88. Regine Joly

    Low class for a US representatives. Any big event there is always an overkill, but Micheal Jackson event is being watched all over the world. As a US congressman he is saying to the world that our system of justice is useless since Mr. Jackson was aquitted. He has passed away, he is someone's son show some class.

    Regine

    July 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  89. Christina Tulumello

    This is an icon we are talking about. Yes, to many Michael did live up to his nickname, Wacko Jacko but who are we to judge? He was aquitted of all charges. Instead of focusing on all the strange things he did, can't we all just take a look back at what he gave us? The one of a kind music he shared with us, the charity work he did. Did you ever think that maybe he really was coming from a place of love and wanted to help children? I mean look at the guy! Mentally he was nearly a child himself. The point is, we don't know what really happened. We live in America where people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Let him rest in peace. Only God can judge, you should all be ashamed.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  90. a.

    Ummm... maybe if the so-called moral repbluican party would actually act morally.....maybe some people would have a point to start acting moraaly in their individual lives. I don't really care for all the coverage even though I like the music, yeah, I was shocked, but I'm over it. I am not however over the fact that low life politicians have so much say in who's morally "right".

    July 6, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  91. vincent

    Rick,
    This is the first time I agree with a republican, I'm sick of the media making Jackson a hero when he was a child molester.

    We have solders that die every day for us, they are true heroes!!!!!!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  92. NORMA MERGNER

    I don't agree with everything he said, but as you said yourself, everybody is sick of seeing Michael Jackson's life and death on every station and every news program. It's way past overkill. Also, if you live your life in such a public forum and then act like a weirdo, people will think you are one. Lots of people are in the "celebrity" category, but we don't know anything about their lives, and most of us don't want to know. You said it was like Princess Diana's death! Please don't put Micael Jackson and Princess Diana in the same category. She wasn't a pop star, she was a Princess, but didn't call her sons "princes", THEY ARE princes. She didn't change her skin color, or have plastic surgeries to change her into a different person. She didn't go around acting weird.
    When are the news media going to get it into their heads that stuff like this isn't "news". It's gossip. That's what gossip columnists used to do, they weren't called journalists!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  93. Brenda

    Totally agree with Rep. King's comments...enough of MJ. There are so many other more important stories. My computer and television will be off all day Tuesday. I have no desire to watch wall to wall coverage of Michael Jackson. If I were a California resident watching my tax dollars go toward this event I would be fuming!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  94. EDA

    This guy is out of line. MJ was tried and proven innocent. One of his accusers came forward and said that his father made him lie to get money. MJ has family and friends who care deeply about him and their loss is great. Here comes a CONGRESSMAN who is given the responsibility of contributing to how the state of NY is run and this is the judgement he displays. Why wasn't he as critical of his cheating peer who has been using public funds to finanace his luv affair, why not bash him? What did MJ do to you Mr King, you're a man w/o compassion, not to mention a total lack of respect.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  95. Robert pagliuca

    I agree with Rep Peter King. Any adult Male who enjoys sleeping with young children (as Michael Jackson publicly stated) should be locked up in a jail cell, not celebrated as a hero. What we must celebrate about Michael Jacksons death is that no other innocent children will be molested by him.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  96. Elizabeth

    This representative is out-of-line.
    Michael Jackson was never of convicted of any crimes. He is not a pervert or pedofile. He is a genius in music, in dance and a naive man who tried too hard to be good.
    I think we should look into this representative's background, maybe be has something he was charged for and not convicted. And see what he says about slander!!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  97. Sandra Franklin

    If you're a Repub...anything NEGATIVE goes! MJ was aquitted of all charges, and to disrespect the dead is just WRONG. I too am tired of all the media coverage, but Rep. King needs a life!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  98. Mike O

    Finally someone has said what has been my thoughts all along, Thank You Rep. Peter King. There are much much more important things going on.
    I have to say that I believe he was guilty of all the accusations against him.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  99. M

    Maybe the two anchors and others not affected by MJ will hear the "sick of MJ" and "This GUY ...". He wasn't another guy, he was special and made a difference in a lot of people's lives.

    Those who are sick of the coverage, probably have no idea of how many jobs he created as MJ the business, or the children/families at Children's Hospitals, or whatever he did. Fifty years is a long time to be on the track of a superstar.

    So Rick, you think you could do better. I think that he survived and succeeded as he did because of his oddity, the fact that you nor me or not too many others could live only for the stage, the music, the performance. Children didn't want him to be anything other than what he was, adults wanted him to be rich and normal. He wasn't. He was special. He accomplished what most artists want, broke through barriers like most black folks needed for anyone to do. And no he wasn't ordinary, but ordinary men can't do magic by just being themselves and show up.

    For those who are tired of this, take time off and work on your todo list, or just be happy being a big fish in a little pond. But no need to denigrate MJ, his bigness is not responsible for your reality that your world can never approach the love so many have for him. It really isn't his fault, so stop being tired of his story. John Lennon had the same effect – I wasn't effected as I was a kid, but Princess Diana? Could have cared less, and was frustrated when my soaps were pre-empted. But I kept my mouth shut because there were so many who cared. A lot of others needed the coverage and I allowed them this although I couldn't have cared less.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  100. Sunny

    I agree with Rep. King. The media coverage of Jackson has been excessive and an embarrassment. Is this the image of America we want the rest of the world to see? American soldiers are dying in Afghanistan and Iraq, firefighters die saving people, Americans die from lack of health insurance and hunger - where is the media attention to these people?
    Jackson was a spoiled, druggie with a very soiled private life, who was half-forgotten until he died. I just don't understand why the media is whipping up this frenzy. One would think nothing else has happened in the world since Jackson died. Shame on you CNN!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  101. Tresa Brown

    If I had enough money I would sue the Republican Representative of New York, Congressman King, for deformation of character. We go by laws in United States and everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Michael Jackson was never proven guilty of anything. So Representative King, with his platform, should know not to carry out his personal views on this issue. He's an embarrassment to what politics represents. Keep your hate at home!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  102. Lori

    He was AQUITTED of his crime and should not be called a pedofile, especially by someone like Peter King! The more I watch of his documentaries, I don't think he was guilty of anything other than being stuck trying to have the childhood he never had. I think the coverage is just right, especially for those fans who just can't believe Michael Jackson is gone. Elvis had a lot of media coverage, and the news/cable, etc. was not like it was today. I find Congressman Peter King to be way out of line. Let's hope he is never accused of a CRIME that he did not commit, and is aquitted of all charges only to be continuously thought of as that charge. Then, maybe he will understand. Let the MJ's family mourn. If Peter King is tired of watching Michael Jackson coverage, tell him to turn the TV off and get back to work!

    July 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  103. Regina Bruce

    Rep. Peter King is a U.S. Congressman. He has a responsibility
    to respect the decisions of our courts. Michael Jackson was found
    not guilty of all charges of child molestation. His remarks reflect more
    on him than they do on Michael Jackson.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  104. Mike

    I agree with Rep. Pete King. He has hit the nail on the head. It seems that everybody puts their head in the sand or look the other way these days. Yes, . His death is he was talented and the king of pop. His death is sad as everyone else who passes away everyday. There are to many other far reaching problems in this world people. Wake up and smell the coffe already. Pete King has my vote.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  105. JT

    Whatever happened to "Speak no ill of the dead"? Rep. King- He without out sin cast the first stone. When no one is looking what do you do behind closed doors. Where you there when these acts happened for you to know first hand? Michael Jackson was not a perfect person, however PLEASE don't be so senseless to his family.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  106. Jasmine

    This is off topic but ignorance pisses me off. People keep calling Michael a wierdo ...what?! Michael's personality was rare. You hardly find people with a good heart like his. Besides, we don't need everyone to be the same, we need them to be different. Michael wasn't wierd or odd, he was unique. Michael was a change from everyone else, and if it wasn't for his differences, he would'nt have been able to do what he did. Originality is what we need in this world. If everyone was the same, we'd all be average. We tell people to stand out, not to be average or normal. Also, Michael Joseph Jackson could'nt have been that wierd or odd, because I'm sure you were standing in line to get tickets, to one of his concerts.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  107. ann moss

    MJ gave millions before it was fashionable to help children around the world. he was a child mentally, possibly adhd or asberger's and body dysmorphic disorder and was labeled by everyone in most press as a freak. He gave childlike responses and defended himself in the same manner and medicated himself. This is still constantly being mentioned rather than what a sweet troubled person he actually was. Jermaine J. and the family should not have to be still defending him about these questions.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  108. leen

    Once again another mindless statement made by a republican. He is within his right to feel that the coverage may be to much. But, he is way off base with the name calling. Micheal Jackson was aquitted of this crime. King knows as muchy about Jacksons life as I do "NOTHING". He was a great musician and he is going to be celebrated. Get over it.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  109. CAROL

    Michael deserves respect and the coverage considering his contribution to the entertainment industry around the world. He is a LEGEND. This congressman is way way over! I believe that congressman has anger issues! Michael was acquitted and that man has no right to call Michael names. Shame on himself, he suppose to know better and why the hell is he a congressman with this kind of attitude and behavior? Michael did a lot of good in his lifetime. God bless Michael, RIP.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  110. Earl

    No one complained about the coverage that Elvis Presley received when he passed, and no one calls him a drug addict, and he still receives coverage today.
    Michael Jackson's childhood was an unfortunate realization on what can affect the human mind through mental abuse. If you want to condemn someone, condemn Joe Jackson! Michael Jackson is the farthest from a pedophile or child molester than any male or female I've known. For a so called congressman to make these allegations is disgusting and uncalled for. Michael suffered for years worrying about these allegations. He loved people and children, he would never harm a living thing.
    It seems Mr. King you had a 62% approval rate as a politician, this should go down significantly after these ignorant and unproved comments

    July 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  111. Addison Witt

    As we so frequently see in politics, many American politicians are out of touch with 'real people.' Aside from his global commitment to creating an atmosphere of peace, Michael Jackson is an American treasure. The wars, and men and women who fight wars are a part of our daily prayer and National commitment to also create world peace. Rep. Peter King is clearly displaying personal prejudices, and a blatant omission regarding the concerns of many of his constituents, including those who are fighting wars. Mr. Jackson is admired for who he was as a person. His death marks the passing of an era. A man whose failings and triumphs connected us to our global neighbors should be examined. We can learn from his struggles, and his achievements. Rep King should be careful not to commit himself to a holier than thou perspective, as so many other republican politicians can attest.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  112. Rita

    It is a shame that someone like a state representative does not understand what Michael Jackson represents. As an immigrant, I see Michael Jackson as the greatest American cultural "export" and people should understand what an icon he was. He was a cultural ambassador and is no less worthy of national mourning as a politician who gets a state funeral.

    People in the United States such as Rep. Peter King do not seem to understand how much Jackson was adored globally and how much joy he brought to people of all ages, nationality, races and gender. Again, for all the talk about MJ's eccentricities, he was acquitted of child molestation and the last time I checked, one is still presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

    Rep King says MJ was a lowlife who contributed nothing, but MJ was in the Guiness World Book of Records as the most humanitarian star. I wonder how much Rep King has contributed to anybody. He really ought to be quiet; he almost sounds jealous of the attention MJ is getting.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  113. tony

    A great talent yes. A pervert yes. Finally someone is not afraid to tell it like it is. Enough is enough. We loose soldiers police officers and fireman everyday. Lets give the coverage they deserve. You don't give 20 million to someone just because???? MJ was wierdo in many respects CNN is spending way to much time covering his death get on with the real news.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  114. PetesSake

    Two things to consider. 1) Even though acquitted, a number of people still had doubts because the security system in his bedroom. Now we know his sleeping problem, and that doctors administered anesthesia – doctors that would have lost their license had they been caught and woud likely require security to guarantee not even a hint of what was taking place would get out. It makes much more sense that this is what the security sytem was for. I mean, what good does a security system do if you are molesting kids in the midst of groups of kids? He surrounded himself with groups of kids – groups.

    Also, no other kids, parents, etc. came forward with an acusation during that trial – how likely is that if he was a molester? And, on top of that, the parents of the kid making the charge had initially been hitting him up for money and were shady characters – all part of why a jury acquitted him. How about the news media reminding the public of ALL the facts.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  115. Oliver Brown

    On terms of Michael Jackson paying people to make a lawsuite go away, I say, anyone that will take money in exchange for justice and sell their soul for money is not entitled to be believed they were ever harmed. You know some people, rather most, will do anything for money. They say everyone has a price... I say, it's just gossip and if there are any "Christians" out there, you're not to gossip nor murmur.

    July 6, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  116. jim thomas

    I liked his music and have some of the original vinyl but my god!!! Please give us a break! When is it enough? Can't we hear about the really important things going on in the world. 30 mins. per hour – every hour – of M.J. for days and days is really over the top! Do you really believe this kind of obsessive coverage fits in with your demographics? Over the weekend, I searched for anything – beside CNN – to avoid hearing one more detail of this whole thing that I couldn't care less about! Count me as a non-viewer, until this is all over – if it ever is!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  117. Kylah

    I do agree that to much of the same news is being shared about jackson and that the news does need to focus on other world issues, something that i believe jackson would of wanted! But i also thin that we NEED to stop focusing on the negativity that surrounded michael jackson's life, very few of us knew him personally, who are we to judge? And those who did know him personally say that he was the most loving , kind person they have ever known. I ABSOLUTELY believe that MJ deserves all of this attention, he is a legend, and for people to be saying he is a pervert and doesn't derserve the attention, shame on you. You are in no place to call him a pervert, it was clear to see that all he did was love and care for children, nothing else. The world picked him aparty, and my heart hurts for him, and now my heart hurts for him even more that he is not getting the respect from some that he derserves. And yes everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but please, in the time of a great mans death, keep the negative comments to yourself. Most politicians disgust me, and i am only 17 years old but i know the kind of stuff that they do, im sure this man has some skeletons in the closet, just like many other politicians out their do. MJ tried to make a difference, he DID make a difference in the world, and yes i agree that CNN needs to focus on other things going on in the world and im sure MJ wouldn't want this much controversy sourounding his death. And as far as this Peter King guy, i think he needs to shut his mouth, his opinion is not of importance in a time like this, MJ needs to recieve the respect he most clearly deserves.

    to my life time hero, someone who taught me to never lose touch with my inner child, Michael Jackson. Your spirit was so kind, and it's a shame what the world did to such a wonderful person.
    LONG LIVE THE KING ❤ .
    r.i.p MJ

    July 6, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  118. Kevin AZ

    Tony – Rep. King was out of bounds on his comments and think he should be worried about a lawsuit! The courts have spoken and that IS the answer. Woopie Goldberg said it all this morning on The View – she would and DID leave her children with MJ. Excessive coverage, perhaps but I do think we do get tired of the war coverage – the sooner out the better and after the Tues service things with MJ will quickly taper off.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  119. Robyn Chermark

    Michael Jackson gave to everyone unselfishly giving to multiple charities. I believe this is our right to celebrate his life and contributions. For representative King he obviously does not have the power of prayer. I feel a public apology to his friends, family and fans would be appropriate.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  120. Nathalie

    Hi everybody from CNN,

    Peter King is an opportunist and narrow-minded person who have only dark spirit. He chooses is special day to molest preparation of the Memorial of Michael Jackson. For my part, I am not so sweet and patient than Michael... I please you to put this guy in jail for a couple of days. Please stop this bad man to continue that. The entire world loves Michael Jackson because all knows since many years ago Michael was not guilty for children accusations, just a victim of jealous and bad spirits like Peter King. Michael was always living for giving full of love for everybody. This is pretty more important that war. War kills intentionally lot of persons but love is necessary for surviving in that creasy world. I am crying now, I can believe somebody can do that !

    Thank you for your understanding. I am a French Canadian, my English is not perfect but it is important to me giving my reactions.

    Nathalie from Montreal

    July 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  121. Lillie

    I agree with the fact that enough is enough, . M.J. was a man who abused his body with drugs of all kinds. Would any of these people who now are so caught up in him want someone like that to live next to them and have their children in his bed if his house which was full of drugs as M.J.'s was at Neverland and where he died, Get real folks; sin is sin, no matter how good one sings .If someone lived next to me ,with drugs such as was found in his addresses, the law would be on the scene,and I would keep my children as far away from him as possible...any parent who cares about their childrens welfare would do the same.,, Its only because he was MICHAEL JACKSON that people look over the fact that he was certainly no role model for anyone,, .Says alot for morals, huh?

    July 6, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  122. Jstagrl

    Mr. King, you are disgusting. No respect for the deceased nor for those who cared for him. You should resign. I would love to take a peak at the skeletons in your closet, though you don't deserve one bit of media attention. You could've made the point that media attention was excessive and then shut your big shameful mouth. If I were one of your constituents, I'd ask for your resignation.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  123. Rochelle

    I am just hearing about Kings statement against Michael Jackson, and frankly I am not very surprised at his ouburst. Michael Jackson was not only the best entertainer on the face of the earth, but he also holds the record for the most charitable donations of any other celebrity. He had a tuff life even though he was popular, and wealthy, and it is because of people like Mr. King that made life that hard. I agree with the other comments, that he should be sued for making such a statement. Nobody said anything when Anna Nicole got just as much coverage. Is race comming into play again? Remember the good things about the man, and not things he was found not guilty for. I read a report that said Michael Jackson was against paying off the first 2 families. There is a lot that goes on in the lives of celebrities, and we shouldn't know everything. Now you can sleep Michael. Rest In Peace.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  124. TRaRa

    This congressman should keep his nasty comments to himself. Michael Jackson was the ultimate humanitarian and should be remembered as such. This fact is hardly talked about. Many people don't even know how much money he gave to many charities. This congressman should lose his job. How does he have time to talk about MJ when our country is such a mess. I am sorry CNN gave him the airtime. Did he not pay attention to our Presidents comments about Michael Jackson? I am embarrassed and ashamed that this man holds office in the United States of America. .

    July 6, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  125. Nancy

    I agree with the congressman. Michael Jackson was just a popular rock star that acted very strange. I grew up in the 60's and 70's and loved rock and roll but have never liked Michael Jackson. I think the media is going overboard on this one. John Lennon was much better than Michael Jackson and contributed more to the music industry but didn't get near the media exposure. I think the world is better off without mj!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  126. jessica

    Jealousy doesn't become you Peter King!

    July 6, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  127. Sonny

    I feel that if this is America we have to look at the judgement of the courts and he was found innocent. I personally feel that the case in 1994 and in 2005 were situations where opportunist sought to take advantage of a gentle person. Which Michael Jackson was. Furthermore Pete King is an opportunist trying to seek attention for himself. There is no reason to put down a man who has passed. A man who gave Millions to the charity, and whom also inspired people to be better and be happy in life with is work in music. None of us is perfect, I am not, Pete King is not, the soliders who fight to for the USA are not. Jackson was more then music, he in my opinion was an example of what great things God can bring out of people. Pete King, I pray that the judgement you passed is remembered when you have your time to be judge. LOVE YOU Michael.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  128. Susan

    No I don't agree and Yes he was WAY out of line. It's one thing to disagree with the media coverage. It's another thing to become so hateful in his comments. There's no arguement that Michael Jackson had a troubled life. BUT, it was never proved that any child molestation accusation was in fact true. An out of court settlement is not an admission of guilt. Public figures, private citizens, and businesses make settlements all the time solely to avoid litigation costs. Mr. King called Mr. Jackson a "low life." I think the many beneficiaries of his philanthropy would disagree. Mr. King is certainly capitalizing on Mr. Jackson's death by making these comments repeatedly,courting the attention of the media and continuing the coverage he has complained about – that seems perverted to me.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  129. Jean Crowe

    Does this man know any of Michael Jackson's accomplishments? Why does he think so many people are celebrating his life, not only in the USA, but ALL over the world. What other person would get this kind of attention, certainly not Mr. King. All of these millions of people cannot be wrong. Everybody is NOT crazy! If nothing else, he should give Michael Jackson credit for being a great humanitarian. He donated over $300,000.00 to charity during his lifetime. He also left money in his will for charity. How much has Mr. King donated? Attack the media, not Mr. Jackson. He has not been buried yet.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  130. Julieann

    Why is CNN giving coverage to this racist creep? MJ never molested any children. He loved them purely, platonically, and paternally. That's all. He had a pure, loving, and innocent heart. And I believe that his being dragged into court and charged with disgusting crimes for being caring and loving, broke that heart. Please stop talking about it, it makes me cry.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  131. Beatrice

    A lot of "genius" Artists were "troubled". Michael Jackson is one of them. I think being so sensitive is one of a reason. They feel everybody and everything around them. They are often diminished, like when people say "yes well, he was a good dancer but there are more important things to talk about in the news..." I don't agree. Artists have an important role and when it's someone at the level of Michael Jackson even more so. Artists are visionaries, they see and feel what a lot of us don't and open our eyes. If artists were not that important when would not be persecuted in repressed society (I am thinking about Spain under Franco, or Nazi Germany....) .Michael Jackson deserve all the attention he is getting.

    July 6, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  132. Ingrid Schuster

    Yes, we have heard way too much about Michael Jackson. Enough is enough. There are better news out there. He does not deserve this glorification at all. He might have been an icon in the music world, but that is just about it.

    July 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  133. Ben, MI

    Rep. Kings remarks about Jackson are defintly out of line. But I do agree that the media has been more than excessive with reporting of Michael Jackson , especially CNN. Jackson was a great entertainer nothing more. He wasn't president or some other important world figure, enough is enough already! CNN needs to get back to reporting real important events. I have lost alot of respect for your network.

    July 6, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  134. michael schmidt

    i agree with Mr. King. i am sick of hearing about michael jackson, he was nothing to me or my family , i am more interested in my fellow citizens who are still alive and have lost thier jobs and how they are going to provide for thier families!!!! The economy and getting americans back to work and what we need to to strenghthen our nation as a whole is FAR more IMPORTANT than you news people shoving michael jackson down our throats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 6, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  135. michael schmidt

    in addition to my previous comments yes michael jackson was acquitted- BUT SO WAS O.J.?????????

    July 6, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  136. ER

    While I don't necessarily agree with everything that Rep. King has stated, he is absolutely correct about all of the coverage that Mr. Jackson has received. Not just on CNN but every channel and media outlet. We need to stop focusing so much on entertainers (actors, athletes, singers, etc.). What have they done to better our society other than entertain us? There are over 4000 men and women that have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan alone. These people have done orders of magnitude more for our country and our world than any entertainer ever will. You don't see thousands of people lining up for their memorial services. As soon as Mr. Jackson passed away all important news fell by the wayside. This does go to the state of our society as a whole that we care more about our entertainment than we do about what is going on in the real world. If this is a sign of things to come, I fear for our future.

    July 6, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  137. Carolyn Wall

    Mr. King should have moderated his comments about the legal issues Jackson faced since he was acquited. (He did pay big bucks to another accuser.) However, King's comments about the media are welcome. Apparently, he is the only person who has the courage to say this. Michael Jackson was a cute little boy with talent and a young man with lot of talent, Then he became weird (changed his skin and nose etc., made obscene gestures while performing, slept with little boys, dangled his child over a balcony. The list goes on.) I am totally fed up with all the obsequious and exaggerated press. By the way, is the city of LA paying for the associated expenses of the funeral in the Staples Center? Isn't their school system broke? Enough, enough!!

    July 6, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  138. David W. Johnson, Jr.

    AMERICAN CHILDREN NEED SOLDIERS
    by: David W. Johnson, Jr.

    Increasingly young people are in need of support and protection
    When a Country or Province is in need, America sends in soldiers
    For our young people there is an urgent need for better education
    Everyday, on their own they must deal with unsavory characters

    Our children cannot and must not fight this destructive war, alone
    Adults, take lessons from 1600 Pa., Avenue and bring in the troops
    Before long most of our young will be locked up or dead and gone
    It will be too late for tears, excuses, blaming or just plain, “oops”

    Am I speaking of soldiers with guns, tanks, and planes, of course not
    Children need role models armed with knowledge, leadership and love
    Becoming role models, it is something we seem to have all but forgot
    Whatever it takes to carry our children from way below to way above

    In spite of what you see on televisions, all soldiers do not shoot and kill
    More than a few soldiers use their brains to win wars and save nations
    We must come together because our young people have destines to fulfill
    Instead of free meals in prisons, children need academic congratulations

    What about it adults are we ready to put on our uniforms and go to war
    Or are we going to be deserters and let the enemy destroy our children
    With our children, adults no longer have an established, positive rapport
    If children cannot rely on positive adults, it is thugs on whom they depend

    We need good role models for all children, not just middle and upper class
    A waitress or sanitation worker’s child is just as important as a Senator's
    Support, proper teaching, encouragement and love, most children can surpass
    Late, Great James Brown said, “Don’t Give Me Nothing. Open Up The Doors”

    Need soldiers on the home front for children, “So They Can Get It Themselves”
    Children belong to all of us because in America we are all Sisters and Brothers
    We will never bring about the needed change if we only think of just ourselves
    If you recall I started this poem by sharing with you four very important things,
    “AMERICAN CHILDREN NEED SOLDIERS”

    July 6, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  139. Mike Sullivan

    Why should Michael Jackson's death surpass all the other celebrities and as Rep. King suggests those of our servicemen and women? Is it because we have skewed our values so much that media icons are more important to us than the real world? We need to step back and open our eyes. Yes it is sad that he passed away, but put yourself in the place of the families that have lost loved ones in Iraq or Afghanistan. Do you know any of these families? They can use your compassion and comfort more than the Jackson family. They will appreciate alot and you may be able to help a family recover.

    July 6, 2009 at 6:33 pm |
  140. Sharon

    King is just jealous of Michael Jackson and his comments are outrageous to be a public representative for the State and the US. I done ever want King ever representing me in anything.

    The only sad thing about all the news coverage is that it should of been done while Jackson was alive. It is just a shame that the world only show appreciation now that he is gone.

    King, Michael dont need the media to say how good he was in life. The outpouring of support that Michael's fan based have shown says a million.

    July 6, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  141. Duane

    Rick,

    Rep. King had stepped over the line when he says that "There is nothing good about the guy" refferring to Michael Jackson. Michael was never convicted as a so-called child molester but Rep. King has already passed judgement on Michael based on Rep. King's judgement , view, and values. It is apparent that he is jealous of the attention that Michael is receiving as a result of his death.

    I also, think that his comments mask the racisim that he feels about Michael Jackson's attention. So he needs to denegrate Michael's character to justify his prejudice views.

    I feel that Rep. King should receive the consequences of other public personalities that have stepped over the line within the public's eye. I would like to see an investigative report be conducted on Rep. King to see how clean his so-called character is. People like King always have dirty laundry in their own closet.

    July 6, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  142. vickie henderson

    Once again a tragedy ! Too many men become involved with other women.They seem to think the grass is greener on the other side of the street.Now the other women freaks and his children are left without a father and McNair's wife not only is one of the last to know about his affair but is left to explain this to their children and deal with her own pain.This is really sickening! My prayers are with his wife,children and family.

    July 6, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  143. Don Dzieciuch

    I agree with the congressman....CNN and other stations are making MJ like a hero, which he wasn't. He was just a singer/entertainer...thats it...nothing more..Out military are the real hero's...I don't even watch the news for the last week becaue thats all they talk about is MJ this and MJ that...He getting more press on his death than when he was alive...Let the man rest in peace...Don

    July 6, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  144. Me

    The coverage of the death of this entertainer is showing what the so called news channels are now – nothing more than businesses interested in how much profit they can rake in. This coverage has been soooo over the top. I am sorry for his family, but there are as many of millions of us who couldn't stand his music or so called dancing and were disgusted with his admitted sleeping with children.
    King should not be attacking a dead person, but should be attacking the media for its glorification of these types of people and the fact they have forgotten what real news is and how to present it. What we get now is endless talking heads babbling on about nothing and then constant repeats of it. Too bad CNN can't present real news, and present it 24/7. It is really amazing when something happens in the world and we get to see a real CNN news channel – CNN International cover it. Too bad they will be brought down to CNNUS level tomorrow and have to broadcast this "event". Oh, well. There is always HGTV or ESPN.

    July 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm |
  145. Faye

    How dare him to call a such a great performer a pedophile! He did so much for the world and being rediculed for something that wasn't even proven in a court of law which seems to still haunt him in death. When Elvis died, no one brought up the fact that he was courting a 14 year old girl...and it is written fact!!! He is still praised to this day.

    When someone passes, their positive actions should supercede the negative ones...especially the ones that were never proven.

    Whatever MJ has done and we took him to our courts and found him innocent. We should no longer hold judgement against him. It is for a higher power to carry that out...not us. Rep King should have a firm understanding of the US court systems and the laws better than anyone. It baffles me that he actually found the time to respond in such a negative manner. Doing so not only put a damper on how the public views him but also on how they view your party. My suggestion to you Rep King is to start making preparations for a career change.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:42 pm |
  146. Olde Skool

    Wow! He gets a -10. This is the only way he can get some media attention? Next topic...

    July 7, 2009 at 12:29 am |
  147. Tricia

    I certainly think there has been too much news coverage about Michael Jackson. Come on, this is overkill!! Enough Already!!!!!!! I personally think he was clearly a Mental Case.......... Are we glorifying his very strange behavior and let's not forget He did Have 3 accusations of molestation thrown at him, makes me raise an eyebrow.......... seriously, as the people, is not our responsibility to at least consider these accusations could be real? I as a parent, can't explain this to my 11 year old daughter.
    I mean really............ Do i say...... "Yes sweetie he was adored and loved by many, but i don't know why everyone has ignored the fact that he may be a pedophile, that's just the way it is., I am sorry". That just does not cut if for me......... Stop... please stop this madness. Let's get on with the real news.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:10 am |
  148. Melissa

    King should be ASHAMED of himself for attacking a dead man.Would he like it if someone was speaking ill like that about someone he cared about? It's a cowardly move!! Yes, I agree the media is focusing a lot on Jackson's death but they are showing what an amazing man he was and what he has given this world! People sing his music, dress like him and follow his dance moves, what do people follow King for? Can King give as much as MJ has? To go as far as to call him those things.. WHAT HAPPENED TO CLASS! He's showing that he clearly has none of that! Jackson was NOT GUILTY of those charges! GET WITH THE MEDIA!!! DUHH!!

    R.I.P Michael Jackson

    July 7, 2009 at 1:41 am |
  149. Rhonda

    I agree. Our Military should come first.... He is a child molester....

    July 7, 2009 at 5:43 am |
  150. Rod Garrison

    Mr. King as a REP seems to have lost his mind, even I grew up with MJ and it's a major event that is just for now the war is going to last a while. Does he plan to run for another term, then judging / making comments even after the courts didn't convict but, he does I guess that he like other politicians above the law making him self the judge. I wish the family would sue him for the public slander maybe that would bring him back to earth. I wish I had the job of investigating him and a few other politicians I know that I would be able to uncover a lot of wrong doing. To include investing in DOD / Federal contracted companies were they are making millions, the out sourcing of Federal, state and county government contracts outside of the US (i.e uniforms MX/China, Air Force 1 music for new president, weapons parts, etc) between the military and the different governmental contract positions I worked when I hear that the government is putting money back into the economy I have to laugh I've seen millions by contract go out of country. Just the Air Force 1 music programs is thousands a month.

    I could find enough outsourced contract money to employ at the least 5000 US workers.

    July 7, 2009 at 9:42 am |
  151. trina

    i believe king is mad because nobody is calling him the king ,if any body has any nasty comment about micheal needs to respect the man who life was cut short. people if you believe everything you heres on television is simple minded selfishand stupid. micheal jackson rest in peace baby you will always be miss love a fan of yours.

    July 7, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  152. Marcus

    i think that this is just politics as usual. i think king said those things so that he could use it later on in his career. "When the world was riding the MJ wave i was driving my boat in the other direction." he'll say somthing like that.

    July 7, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  153. Marisol Rivera

    Michael jackson where was be the king for pop for me and my family we will aways playin his music we will aways luv him and miss him too?

    July 7, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  154. jay

    Heidi why are you so one sided, LA is also making money. Why don't you ask someone what's the expected gross? CNN has been onboard since day one, how much has CNN made since 06/25?

    July 7, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  155. RHONDA

    I FIND HIS COMMENTS COMPLETELY OUT OF LINE. HE IS AN ELECTED MEMBER WHO SHOULD BE MADE TO RESIGN FOR SHOWING WHAT HIS TRUE COLOURS ARE. I AM A CANADIAN AND PROUD OF IT AND I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE A STAND AND MAKE HIM RESIGN.

    July 7, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  156. A. Miles

    Anderson:

    I am watching you and Solad host the Celebration of Life for our dear
    late Micheal Jackson.

    People, world over have so mauch say about Michael and his life:
    most positive and some negative. What concerns me most about the negative opinions is the alledged child misconduct.

    Allow me to say this, what we know for sure about Michael is that he was truely, the King of Pop music; the majority of people around the world loved his music and they embrace his gifts of music, singing, and dance; he was a humantarian who gave to so many causes even in his death; he loved his children, his family, and his fans; he grew up with a strong sense of family and community despite how painful his childhood may have been;

    Michael was kind to all the people he met and he took time out to greet his fans.

    May I suggest that you use your forum and your voice to speak about what he know for sure about our beloved Michael and not focus so much on the allegations of child misconduct. You and I know for sure that Michael was never charged with any crime against children or for anyone else for that matter.

    Let's take the high road this day of celebrating his life and focus on the things were know for sure about him.

    Kind Regards,

    Miles
    Hobart, Indiana

    July 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  157. Jay Schneider

    I could not agree more. This is all so sickening. Despite his incredible talent as a song and dance artist don't we as the human race have a lot more important issues to deal with in the news than a farewell to a child molestor and drug addicted star? For the media boys and girls to even consider Jackson in the same breath as influencing modern music as Mozart, Beethoven and The Beatles is absolutely nauseating. Yes, he was an outstanding artist but will never be considered in the same breath as the world figures that "CHANGED THE WORLD" as Mozart, Beethoven and The Beatles did. Let's get on with the really important news of the day, please.

    July 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  158. Kayla

    First of all he wasn't found guilty and how dare a "man" in public office disrespect a man who touched the heart of people around the world. I say remove him from his office right away !!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  159. marina

    Peter King was wrong to say that he was a child molester, he was never found guilty. But, enough already. I can't find any news on any channels today. Does every channel have broadcast the same thing? Covering the memorial is not news, its entertainment.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  160. Chris

    I'm a Democrate and, I must say I completely agree with what Mr. King said. The man was a great entertainer and a circus show all in one. The man was a freak show. I love all you people that say "he was never convicted" true but, niether was OJ and look at all the people and media that say he's guilty as hell. I'll bet my last dollar the the man was a child molester conviction or not. CNN should be a shamed
    of it's self for reporting this crap for this long. To all the so called people who claim to be religous, it's wrong to worship this man the way you are or any person for that matter. The man was a singer and a preformer " a great one" but, that's it he didn't change the world with his songs. It's funny to me how simple people care about people that the never knew or will know.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  161. Jerry C

    I hope the people of L. A. pay for my funeral also. I agree with Rep. King.

    July 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  162. Richard Monroe

    The 24/7 coverage of the death of Michael Jackson is beyond excessive. It is as if CNN has a Compulsive Obssessive Disorder that cannot be controlled. I admit that Michael Jackson was a popular singer. I make no comment as to his private life. Still, he was not a United States president; he was not Elvis; he was not a movie star; etc. None of the above ever received this type of media attention. When the global economy is at stake, when we are fighting a war, when health care is such an issue, and when the climate bill is such an issue, I cannot believe that the world has stopped for over a week now to concentrate on the death of a singer. This is a serious indictment of the priorities in America today. This one event calls for a reformation in our thinking and in our actions. Also, Larry King Live and Anderson Cooper 360 have completely ignored the rest of the world for days now. CNN producers need to take a serious look at the quality of thier planned programing. The coverage of the death of Michael Jackson is an American tragedy in itself. We must face reality and put the lives of others in true perspective. Hopefully, this circus will end today. My deepest sympathy goes to those who cannot understand this view point.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  163. poonikjo

    I agree with the fact that the media should be focusing their attention on more prominent things. I dont think that michael's death should be more important than the uprising in iran or any other news such as that ... was michael jackson the king of pop? yes.. was michael jackson weird? undisputably... was he a child molester? I guess the answer to that is in the grave ... But in no way, shape or form do i beleive he did it.. thats just the kind of weird he was ... he never really grew up and thought of himself as peter panesque ... i do beleive he did share a bed with these children and hugged them ... i dont think for a second there was anything sexual behind it .... he is a pop icon that has passed away ... I think this is not the time to slander someones name to get yourself noticed.

    July 7, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  164. jackie

    get a life senator.......the were rumors and nothing was proven IN A COURTROOM! The first time he paid off the kid or parents that accused Micheal of molesting was a mistake and the advice Micheal was given to pay off was sooo wrong. As a mother I wouldn't have taken any amount of money he would have been in jail, think about that for awhile. I hope when this boy is of age he will speak out and tell the truth.
    Listen to his life...these are people who actually knew him, not reporters who wanted a story!!

    July 7, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  165. Eric

    The coverage on Michael Jackson is incredibly excessive. Excessive to the point of being absurd. I appreciate his contributions to the industry and to the world, and he truly is a legend, but enough already. I was listening to CNN, and I believe that Wolf Blitzer said something to the fact of We're going to stay around for another 3 hours for this coverage. This is all day on MJ and nothing but MJ. How many times can you say the same thing?

    There is real news happening in North Korea, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, and in the US economy. When is enough enough?? Who is the media pandering to with all of this coverage? I know when I heard that there was going to be 3 more hours of coverage I changed the channel.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  166. Wendy

    Am I the only one that is tried of all the focus on Micheal Jackson? It is amazing that when someone dies all of a sudden he is a media darling once again and not a freak. We have members of our military dying and all the media is talking about is him. ENOUGH!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  167. Dianne

    I agree to the extent that our service people are worth the time more than MJ. What I want to know is.... how much will the crime rate increase in outlying areas of LA since the law enforcement focus is centered on L.A.? Who will pay for the law enforcement costs? After all, the state is running on I.O.U.'s now. Is Jackson's estate going to foot this bill???? He's not worth the airtime. Are the airlines and hotels going to contribute their profits toward the sagging L.A./ CA economy. After all, they had to have increased their air and room rates. Call me an east-coast cynic, but who's reaping the benefits of the advertising costs???? To quote a "famous Hollywood" character..."Show me the money!!!" Where did these people get the money to fly out there and stay at a hotel? Did they borrow from their 401 K's; their utility bill payments; their credit card payments?" Makes me wanna go "Hmmmm?!" One more question. Have the hungry and homeless of LA been "redirected/relocated" so as not to portray L.A. in an unfavorable light? I could say so much more but I have to go back to work. Please...help me to understand. (NOT!!)

    July 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  168. Dianne

    By the way...innocent til proven guilty. Definitely improper to say. He may not know how to express his frustration with the media outpouring on MJ and not on Iran, Honduras, et al. All of us suffer from hoof-in-mouth disease throughout the course of our lives. Cut the man a break. After all, he puts his pants on one leg at a time.....and so did MJ. I feel like this is being shoved down my throat. If I could I would watch old b/w movies instead of the coverage.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  169. Beth Battinelli

    Even if you are famous, when someone close to your age dies you feel closer to your own mortality.

    The recent coverage of Michael Jackson offered an opportunity to reminisce– to recall exactly where you were, or who you were with and how the music touched you then. The memories are sweet....-unless maybe for Peter King who is getting way too much coverage about this.
    I am annoyed at myself for even mentioning his name

    July 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  170. Darlene

    It's amazing how we quickly forget the accomplishments of an individual. As others have said Michael was acquitted of all the allegations and that is what we have to go on. If the news media would go digging in many of our closets imagine what skeletons would fall out? There have been times past where other celebrity deaths have dominated the television and I've sat and watched the contribution of Princess D and others learning of the contributions they have made to society even though among rumors of drug use, infidelity, etc. There are a lot of people who needed to say goodbye and thank you to Michael for a life that has touched so many people. Communities have benefited greatly from Michael's appearance in their city/town and this is just a small way to show how much they appreciated it. There are three generations of my family that feel the loss and we will miss you Michael!

    July 7, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  171. Teresa

    Sooooooooooo out of line. what more needs to be said.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  172. Cindy

    Representative King must not be well-informed...he doesn't realize that Michael Jackson is a GLOBAL phenomenon. MJ's message of healing the world and caring for our fellow human beings is one we should all take to heart. Most of the Youtube clips of Rep. King has to do with his raising money for his campaign...hardly useful to the rest of the world (or the country). Has Rep. King ever really listened to MJ's music? He should listen to the HIStory album where MJ expresses his frustration with the justice system and media...if he were guilty of the allegations, would he be so passionate about all the injustices in this album? No...he would be thanking his lucky stars that he got no jail time and would want to push the issue under the rug. What I don't understand is why so many are cynical and cannot accept a pure and loving person as MJ. I'd say that those people have perverted minds thinking that a man loving children has to be a pedophile.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:04 pm |
  173. Tyrone Frazier

    Well my mother would tell people "NO BODY KNOWS HOW STUPID YOU ARE UNTIL YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH" and that is what i thought of when i heard peter king, But he did a good job on one thing i am from NY and didn't know who he was until his Relaps

    July 7, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  174. Teri

    I guess the congressman doesn't believe in our justice system! Michael Jackson was found INNOCENT.....Slander of a man who has just passed away who has done so much for the world, children and gave his heart as much as his money is truly sickening! ! He deserved the memorial he got. He gave to us for 45 years, at least we could do is give him a day to celebrate HIM!
    I only wish people like this congressman would realize, ANYBODY can accuse ANYBODY of anything including molestation, rape, violence! It doesn't mean they DIDI IT! And when you have as much money as MJ...People will say or do anything to get money!!!!!!!!! People accused him of these horrible acts which I believe played a part in his death because it hurt him so much!
    Nobody knew who this congressman was before his remarks and nobody will remember him tomorrow BUT Michael Jackson will be remembered FOREVER and he will always be in my heart.....RIP Michael and thank you for being a BIG part of my life and my memories!

    July 8, 2009 at 4:58 am |
  175. Matthew T.

    He's right, we should focus on more important things other than MJ's death. It's just cold to call him that. I mean, when your father-in-law dies, you don't make rude comments about him at his funeral. You stay quiet, and then in a month or so, you say things about him.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  176. Andre Marshall

    Peter King, apparently does not understand the "Law or The Constitution", MJ was tried and won his cases. Peter King is a "Racist", clearly, when you speak untrue words about anyone, without proof!
    Andre

    July 8, 2009 at 10:25 am |
  177. arthur hill

    It's about time somebody spoke the truth!The Only reason Jackson was found "not guilty" because He PAID the family $25.0000 Dollar's to drop the suit.Why do we keep forgetting this small detail?Thank you sen. King for speaking the Truth.We need more of this regardless if "The people like it or can or can not handle it!The Truth Hurts,Deal with it!"

    July 8, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  178. Doug in Tucson

    Rep King's comments should be played as often as possible to remind us how arrogant, ignorant, judgmental, and unforgiving a man in his position can be. Michael was accused and acquitted.

    A common question asked of potential jurors is, if you see a police car pull over a civilian car on the road, do you think the civilian has done something wrong. The answer, of course, is NO – you cannot assume guilt.

    Rep. Peter King would never qualify to appear on any jury of our country's fair court system. Based on his recent comments, whether or not he is qualified to remain in a position of government is in question.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  179. william r jindra

    lets hope the people of NY will vote the jerk out of office but i won't hold my breathe

    July 8, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  180. Deb

    King if was thinking it should have kept his thoughts to himself. I think Michael was misunderstood. If he was a pedofile that is not for us to judge. He did many great things. People can make there own conclusions. Not to be said when Michael passed away.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  181. reiny

    King's remarks were totally out of line and he is totally out of control. If king cares so much for our troops, get them home!. Mr. Jackson gave millions to humanitarian needs. All the GOP knows is "no" . Now they go around calling themselves "real people". Well, this "pretend person" likes our troops out of harms way, and the monies spend on GOP pretend wars used for Americans BTW, get the health care through.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  182. Todd

    Criminal judgment of Michael Jackson should have been done in a criminal courtroom. That didn't happen of course. The court of public opinion is something else however. Michael paid out an amount of money to the complainant at the time of the accusation. This action makes it difficult for many to support his innocence. Having said all of this, personally, I just feel sorry for the man and the life he lived which of course takes into account his childhood. As well I feel for the boy who made the allegation, because the alleged offense against him is serious, and if the allegation is false, I feel sorry that the boy is of that sort of mind.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  183. Martin in Shoreline, WA

    What is with this bs that you cannot speak ill of the dead? If a person is a psychopath, I could care less whether or not they are dead. I will speak of a dead sociopath with the same disdain I would speak of a live one. Death si irrelevant. Besides, there are plenty of people who will defend Michael Jakson's obssession with children.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  184. John

    Peter King (R) is a racist. And he was simply WRONG to say what he said, how he said it, and when he said it. MJ wasn't even in the grave yet. MJ was not just a singer/dancer/entertainer. MJ was extremely important to African-Americans (and to millions of Americans, period). MJ was a landmark cultural figure. MJ was a trailblazer for African-American pop music and black musicians in America (and by extension african-americans in American society in general). His videos on MTV in the early 80s are but one example. Before MJ, MTV only played white "new wave" videos such as Duran-Duran. MJ changed all that. I don't get it. If the King of Rock (Elvis Presley) had died in the age of 24/7 cable news outlets, there would be exactly the same degree of coverage, if not more. Last week, the King of Pop died unexpectedly. Of course, there would be a huge amount of coverage.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  185. Kent

    Completely out of line – his premise (Michael Jackson's guilt) is opinion- not supported by acquittals on all charges. On the other hand, Michael Jackson's legacy of music and charity is a fact. Is there something the legislator knows the Jury didn't see? If not, he should keep his opinion to himself. Nobody else has been in Michael Jackson's shoes – we should appreciate what he did contribute and let the man rest.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  186. TJ Tatum

    To me his comment was very vicious. Why attack a man that has been proven innocent by a jury of his peers? I am tired of people like him that open their mouth to utter hatred toward someone who has done nothing to them.
    I also would like to say that trampling over Michael Jackson by reporting such things as "paper white skin", "bold head" and "emaciated body" is very insensitive to someone who has given so much love to the world. CNN is now like a dirt digger and no better than tabloid smut peddlers.
    Tony, I had a lot of respect for you and I didn't think you would stoop so low to repeat, report and be a part of the hatred.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  187. Blair

    He is out of bounds, out of touch, out of line, and hopefully next election out of time.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  188. jerry

    Legally, Michael was found to be innocent. Opinions are like $%^holes, everybodys got one.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  189. Reggie Guillory

    My question is... Isn't this defimation against his image towards the keepers of Michael' estate? Can't his lawyers file a law suit?

    July 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  190. Minister - Guillory, Oakely, CA

    When you give to the world, your talents, your money, your assistance, your love, when you help as many people as Mr. Jackson has without wanting to be acknowledged and the only reward you ever wanted was peace.... When you've been in the presence of Kings, world leaders, including several American presidents and politicians, when you've provided for terminally ill kids only to be punished for it by evil men and women who did nothing for all those Michael has helped, how many people has that politician "King" helped or any of you negative bloggers? Michael is actual saint, like mother Theresa or Gondi, he should be honored because he did what he did in private so it's only right that he would be honored publically, I know this will be over the heads of most of you nah sayers because you lack wisdom and compassion but this is God's law and it must be fulfilled. It's fitting that as all this turmoil going on in the world presently that Michael is lifted up in front of the world for honor because he represented peace and healing worldwide. Some of you are the “strange people” Al Sharpton mentioned in his speech yesterday, and this mind that has crippled America in the last ten years is the very mind that needs to be changed, it’s why this country is in the sad state it’s in. This mind is the very mind that killed Michael Jackson years ago because he was persecuted for this… Matthew 18:3
    And He (Jesus) said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

    July 8, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  191. Hawglegg

    Wait a minute? Are the folks at CNN Anti-Michael Jackson as well? Hmmmmmmm ... lets turn the TV on for a second here!

    July 8, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  192. David W. Johnson, Jr.

    TALKING LOUD BUT DOING NOTHING
    by: David W. Johnson, Jr.

    African American Men and Women are really great people
    They work hard trying to raise their families the right way
    To do the best for children they climb the highest steeple
    Always monitoring carefully what their children do and say

    Sadly, we have more males and females than Men & Women
    Our males and females do nothing but run their mouths and drink
    Way males and females are neglecting our children is a real sin
    Yes, Men and Women can but males and females, cannot think

    Every day, due to males and females children are needlessly dying
    Men and Women let us open the eyes of useless males and females
    African American males and females stop all the bull jiving and lying
    Start saving money for your children’s education, not for their bails

    Cared more about Michael Jackson’s death than about local children
    Had Michael Jackson been shot, you would be protesting for weeks
    Children have very few Men and Women on whom they can depend
    Adults, it is our love, support, guidance and protection children seeks

    July 2nd 2009, Baltimore, Maryland a five-year-old girl shot in the head
    Let us see if Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson will be out lending support
    Detroit, Michigan, 7 young teens shot near bus stop and left for dead
    males and females, this non-leadership role you need to, quickly abort

    Our adults and children are not safe in or out of their homes these days
    Children dying, should make males and females MEN and WOMEN
    At the worthlessness of many so-called African Americans, I am amazed
    Come on, wake-up and become someone our young people can depend

    This is not some game that being played on African Americans, it is REAL
    The fact that we are dying more than any other race should not be surprising
    Wake-up and give ourselves and our children a future, we can see and feel
    So-called adults ignore the situations, just “Talking Loud But Doing Nothing”

    Children Need MEN & WOMEN…Not Just a male Or female

    July 8, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  193. David W. Johnson, Jr.

    Too Many Americans Have Just Become Backwards In Their Thinking. Day In And Day Out Our Young People Are Dying Or Living Without Parents Or Men And Women Role Models In Their Lives.

    What Are We Doing To Change That? NOTHING, But We Can Waste All This Unnecessary Time Celebrating The Death Of Michael Jackson.

    We As Americans Are Becoming More Pathetic. Especially African Americans. We Have Too Many males and females And Not Enough MEN & WOMEN.

    Michael Jackson Is Gone To Sleep Forever> He Is In A Grave Sleep While We Walk Around On Earth Asleep. We Had Better Wake-up And Soon.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm |
  194. JANET C. Farrell

    Wrong, wrong, wrong. This type of attitude is exactly what MJ was trying to erase. These are learned behaviors and they start with the Children. MJ reached out to the children with love compassion and the true gift of empathy because he understood that out of the mouth of the children comes wisdom. If the children are just left alone to grow in love and peace this world world would be a better place. All hate and prejudice, intolerance and bigotry is taught.
    Besides that fact KIng is suspose to uphold the Constitution and all ti entails whcih states INNOCENT until proven and nothing uwas proven. What is King hiding?

    July 8, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  195. Connie

    Larry, I have a joke for you. What's the difference between a Republican and Senator King? Nothing, they just changed their clothing from wearing white clans robes to wearing suits.

    July 8, 2009 at 11:43 pm |
  196. Cindy

    Rep. Peter King has made some very unwise statements. The vitriolic criticism by Mr. King about Michael Jackson is shameful especially for a man his age. He is a member of the United States Congress . He also represents me even though I don't live in his district. He needs to display maturity.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  197. David W. Johnson, Jr.

    Forget Michale Jackson. Forget About Congressman King's remarks. Let's concentrate on our children and giving them a future. That's the problem with non-thinking Americans, we can always waste lots of time and energy on unimportant people and comments. Let's get REAL PEOPLE and concentrate on our Future. Our Children.

    July 9, 2009 at 7:43 pm |
  198. Ed

    We all want health care coverage for all Americans yet no one wants to pay the cost....My suggestion would be to look at one of Americas' biggest cash cows that will always be available..Alcohol and Spirits consumption is massive in this country and I doubt those who enjoy their occasional beer or wine will ever miss a small tax increase on the consumption of their favorite beverage and be helping to improve health coverage for us all.......who knows perhaps some folks will complain and quit drinking ?......That being the case then we will have a much healthier and safer society.

    July 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  199. David W. Johnson, Jr.

    DIFFERENT KIND OF TREE AND ROPE
    by: David W. Johnson, Jr.

    For hundreds of years, our ancestors feared a tree and rope
    Were never safe alone or traveling in a crowd, day or night
    Intelligent, strong, men and women gave us reason to hope
    With hope came a mighty determination to standup and fight

    Rightfully so, we remember Dr. King and Sister Rosa Parks
    Let us not forget Angela Davis and Brother George Jackson
    They too fought for us against America’s snakes and sharks
    For our freedom and equal rights these people went into action

    Bombing homes, churches, schools and lynching were routine
    Lynching an African American back then was a joy not a sin
    Unimaginable positions from days gone by we have all seen
    Governor and Associate Supreme Court Justice, we have been

    Showed everyone being African-American was not a handicap
    Our achievements began to scare people and changes occurred
    Drugs entered our neighborhoods and suddenly we lost our map
    Since drugs the things we have done to one another is absurd

    Yes, some of the chaos and confusion can be blamed on others
    In all fairness, much of what is happening now is our own fault
    We rob and kill neighbors, friends, strangers, even our mothers
    Brothers and Sisters stop Now and bring this genocide to a halt

    Brothers, if you are the MEN you claim then step-up to the plate
    Do we really want our children continuing down the road of dope?
    Give re-birth to love, self-pride, education and forget about the hate
    Drugs in our neighborhoods have become a lethal weapon and a…

    DIFFERENT KIND OF TREE AND ROPE

    July 25, 2009 at 10:26 am |

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