The next senator from New York, GOP Rep. Peter King, gave some very politically incorrect thoughts on the death of singer/dancer Michael Jackson.
Yes, Rep. King called the late Gloved One a pervert and a pedophile. OUCH!
But, the thrust of Rep. King's comments was the pathetic way that the media, all media, is covering this death.
Yes, it is sad. It also shows that Michael Jackson really was Elvis-like. That it may be that Mr. Jackson was a drug-addled man that may have not been able to make a comeback. That comeback was scheduled for London later this year.
But, let us be real. The coverage is beyond over the top. It is almost gruesome.
A gossip magazine called OK! is not all OK! It has the Michael Jackson death photo right on the cover of the latest issue. Yes, that is always what I would want my children to see as we are checking out at the supermarket.
What Rep. King was saying is that there are some real people out there. People who are serving in the armed forces. Firefighters, policemen, teachers, people working on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic. Real people that will never, ever get any coverage for doing good for the community and the world.
Now, Rep. King has every right to say what he said and how he said it. The reality is that he is speaking for a lot of Americans. I am one of them.
Living near Los Angeles, I know that there is going to be one hellacious freak show come this Tuesday. That is when there will be a public memorial service for the King of Pop. And, it is going to come with a hefty price tag. Los Angeles, already in a budget nightmare, will have to pay for police and other city workers to keep the peace. And with 1,600,000 people registering online for 17,000 tickets for the memorial service, oy vey!
We shall see Tuesday.
I for one want to thank Rep. King for speaking for a lot of Americans thinking. That the coverage is way, way too much.
Thank you again, Rep. King.