King has been spouting the same stuff since November of 2003.
On Gabe Pressman's WNBC Show News Forum, King had this exchange...
"KING: Also, if--if I could make a point. After we diverted into the center of the city, and this is part of the criticism I have of the media of not showing the whole picture, is that if you focus on a bomb on the highway, it looks terrible. But then we went through the center of the city, it was like being in midtown Manhattan. I mean, traffic jams. You had almost centuries of commerce going on. You had guys selling rugs, you had Internet cafes. It was absolutely mobbed with people. No hostility toward us whatsoever. So that was like the good side, the functioning part of Baghdad, the functioning part of Iraq.
PRESSMAN: Do you think that--do you think that we, the media--I hate that word--but do you think that we tend to emphasize the negative?
Rep. KING: I think it gets sensationalized, especially when you hear, like, someone say that Iraq's in chaos or it's out of control. It's not; it's dangerous, and there's certain parts of the country are dangerous. But for the most part, the country is functioning. And you do have these terrorists that are attacking, but you know, you have times here in New York where you were having five or six people murdered a night, going back 10, 15 years ago. We had 5,000 or 6,000 bombings here in this country alone back in 1970."
Baghdad alone is seeing 40-60 murders a night, mostly beheadings and executions. It's just like Manhattan 10-15 years ago.