Ken Tucker
July 07, 2009 AT 05:49 PM EDT

Over the weekend, Congressman Pete King posted a YouTube video making a specious connection between the death of Michael Jackson and the men and women who serve in our armed forces. It’s one thing for King to praise the country’s armed services on the Fourth of July weekend; it’s another to say that Jackson was “a low-life… a pervert… a child molester… a pedophile.”

Well, the Fourth of July is Independence Day, intended to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. If you want to extend that to honoring people serving our country, fine — that’s King’s right. But equating the media’s coverage of Jackson (which is his real beef) with ignoring people “serving in Afghanistan,” as King says, while dismissing Jackson as “nothing worthwhile… he did some dancin’…” — that doesn’t make sense. Sullying Jackson’s reputation: what a great way for a congressman to get all over the Internet and get his own face all over the weekend TV news.

What do you think?

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