11:03 am May. 14, 2012
On CNN's "Starting Point" this morning, Representative Peter King attacked the New Yorker's Ryan Lizza for asking a question containing the word "profiling" about the controversial intelligence-gathering techniques being used by the New York Police Department.
"First of all, there is no profiling, that's the absolute nonsense that people like you and others are propagating," he told Lizza.
"I'm not propagating anything," Lizza said.
"I'm telling you there is no profiling," King said. "So I want you to take that back. There is no profiling. You have no evidence of profiling at all. They use terms like 'profiling,' 'spying,' casually and cavalierly and you don't know what you're talking about ...To have this broad-based attack accuse them of profiling, racism, bigotry, is absolutely wrong."
"Those are your words, I'm not accusing them of that," Lizza said.
"No, you're passing it on as if it's legitimate," King said.
Over the weekend, King and fellow congressional Republican Bob Turner called on Democrats to apologize for voting in favor of an amendment last week that would have denied some funding to the NYPD if it is determined to have engaged in profiling in its surveillance of Muslim institutions.
The AP revealed on the existence of an NYPD anti-terrorism "demographics unit" that has focused its attention on Muslim individuals and institutions. NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly maintains that the department doesn't target by ethnicity, but rather follows whatever leads it has. He has in the past said that profiling is "nuts."