Friday, May 27, 2005

Thin-Skinned Tom

Tom DeLay apparently doesn’t like it when people make fun of him or refer to him on TV.

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay reacted angrily Thursday to this week’s episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” for what he called a “manipulation of my name” in the show.

The show’s executive producer responded by accusing DeLay of trying to change “the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show.”

The controversy centers around Wednesday’s episode in which a police officer investigating a murder of a federal judge suggested putting out an all points bulletin for “somebody in a Tom DeLay T-shirt.”

“This manipulation of my name and trivialization of the sensitive issue of judicial security represents a reckless disregard for the suffering initiated by recent tragedies and a great disservice to public discourse,” DeLay wrote in a letter to NBC President Jeff Zucker.

“I can only assume last night’s slur was in response to comments I have made in the past about the need for Congress to closely monitor the federal judiciary, as prescribed in our constitutional system of checks and balances.”

DeLay has been an outspoken critic of what he calls “activist judges,” recently saying Congress must take steps to rein in an “out-of-control judiciary.”

Well, Tom, maybe if you kept your fat flapping mouth shut in the first place… Executive producer Dick Wolf, however, has some fun with Tom.

“Every week, approximately 100 million people see an episode of the branded ‘Law & Order’ series. Up until today, it was my impression that all of our viewers understood that these shows are works of fiction as is stated in each episode.

“But I do congratulate Congressman DeLay for switching the spotlight from his own problems to an episode of a TV show.”