Bright Side to Media's Jacko Obsession: It's Time Not Spent Pushing Government Health Care
At that, longtime ABC newsman Sam Donaldson interjected, "Oh, thanks a lot!"
During the July 12 roundtable, host George Stephanopoulos opened a segment on the media's coverage of Jackson (under the graphic headline "Michael Jackson: Media Overkill") with a clip of Republican Congressman Peter King decrying the lavish coverage given over to Jackson, who faced trial four years ago over charges he molested a young boy. Here's the full exchange:
Clip of REP. PETER KING (R-NY): He was a child molester, he was a pedophile, and to be giving this much coverage to him -- day in and day out -- what does it say about us as a country?
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: What does it say, George Will?
GEORGE WILL: I don't know. When the mainstream media is preoccupied with this, it's probably doing, on margin, less damage than when it's dealing with public policy. But --
SAM DONALDSON: Oh, thanks a lot!