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While Rep. King sops up coverage, ally demands 'media' apology

At the House Homeland Security Committee on the Boston Marathon bombing, Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) said: “I believe that the former chairman of the committee, Peter King, needs an apology from mainstream media. He was vilified and demonized for holding radicalization hearings, and we just saw radicalization of Muslim youth happen with regard to Boston.”

Yet since the April 15 bombings three weeks ago, a Nexis search shows King appeared more than 60 times on TV news shows, repeatedly on CNN and Fox News as well as on NBC’s Meet the Press, and he was quoted in more than 200 stories in at least 85 newspapers and news websites (16 times in Newsday alone). Still there were notable holdouts that didn’t quote King: The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Rep. Michael Grimm saying he can continue to serve despite pleading guilty to felony tax fraud. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calling on the GOP to push Grimm out. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declining to comment until he meets with Grimm.

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