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'Hardball' Promotes Ted Kennedy HBO History, But Completely Leaves Out Death at Chappaquiddick
NewsBusters ^ | July 14, 2009 | Tim Graham

Posted on 07/14/2009 5:59:22 AM PDT by Zakeet

On Friday night’s Hardball, guest host Lawrence O’Donnell enthusiastically promoted HBO’s new, glowing Ted Kennedy documentary.

He began by declaring "There‘s so much ground to cover. We don‘t have enough time for this. And I want to show the people out there, people under 60, who don‘t know the early Ted Kennedy, don‘t remember the early Ted Kennedy, I want to show what you have got in this movie." But O’Donnell’s interview completely left out the biggest scandal of "the early Ted Kennedy" – the death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick.

This seemed especially odd as O’Donnell recounted with filmmaker Carolyn Waterlow how Richard Nixon was obsessed with Ted Kennedy:

O'DONNELL: Imagine that. Here you are, a senator. You have a president of the United States obsessing all day, is there something we can hang on him. Is there something we can accuse him of?

WATERLOW: With all—to think of Teddy, with all the things he was dealing with politically and within his family and all of the losses he has suffered, he was also—

O'DONNELL: He lost his oldest brother in World War II. He then has his remaining oldest brother assassinated November 22nd, 1963, as president of the United States. His then—his remaining oldest brother is assassinated while running for president in 1968. And at this point, having lived through all of that, here we are in 1972 and Nixon is trying to figure out how to make this guy‘s life worse.

WATERLOW: Yes.

O'DONNELL: But he perseveres. He keeps going. And he eventually himself wants to run for the presidency.

WATERLOW: Yes. That was something that I also had not fully appreciated going into this project, that from about ‘68 right after Bobby‘s death, people are talking to him about running for president. And there was an effort to draft him in ‘68 to take Bobby‘s place, and really for—yes, up until 1980 or ‘79 when he finally decides he is going to run for president president, this is a question that‘s hanging over him and it‘s something people are asking him about that whole time.

O'DONNELL: When you look at that early Senate career of Ted Kennedy, leading up prior to running for president in the ‘80s, it‘s hard to find the easy year for Teddy. Early on as senator, he had a plane crash, a small plane goes down in western Massachusetts. He‘s in the plane. He injuries his back. He‘s never going to be able to walk the same way again for the rest of his life.

One of the things I think about when I watch him in front of these audiences like last summer is the young kids don‘t understand what the older people in that convention hall—what‘s happened to them when they‘re crying listening to Ted Kennedy. They don‘t know the emotional base of the relationship that he has with those voters.

Let‘s take a look at Ted Kennedy giving what I believe was the most public eloquent public eulogy ever given. It was his eulogy of his brother, Robert Kennedy.

T. KENNEDY: My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life. To be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, who saw suffering and tried to heal it, who saw war and tried to stop it.

O'DONNELL: Not easy to watch.

WATERLOW: No, it‘s incredibly emotional moment, and really we tried very hard in this film—it‘s entirely archival interviews and footage. We tried to let the footage speak for itself. You can see the emotion and you can see Teddy just by watching him and letting it play.

It's not like the HBO film leaves Chappaquiddick out, which it shouldn't, because it was a continuing obstacle to Kennedy's White House dreams. But MSNBC feels comfortable airbrushing it out of their warm, fuzzy historical memories.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: boycotttimewarner; hbo; kennedy; kennedyklan; mediabias; msm; pravdamedia; revisionisthistory; sexoffender; timelies; whitewash

1 posted on 07/14/2009 5:59:23 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

The timing on this is interesting. They are omitting Chappaquidick, but yet they are doing the special close to the 40th anniversary of the event.


2 posted on 07/14/2009 6:02:33 AM PDT by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: Zakeet

The early years of Ted, same as the older years, running around half naked, drunk and stupid.

A must miss, thanks HBO.


3 posted on 07/14/2009 6:02:59 AM PDT by VicVega (Join Jihad, get captured by the US and resettled in the best places in the world. I love the USA)
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To: Zakeet

4 posted on 07/14/2009 6:03:06 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: Zakeet
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5 posted on 07/14/2009 6:04:31 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (Williams/Sowell 2012 -or- Sowell/Williams 2012)
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To: Zakeet

6 posted on 07/14/2009 6:05:16 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: Zakeet

Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.


7 posted on 07/14/2009 6:05:46 AM PDT by mort56 (He who would sacrifice freedom for security deserves neither. - Ben Franklin)
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To: Zakeet

...and the riches from rum-running, and the mob ties....


8 posted on 07/14/2009 6:06:49 AM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Zakeet

Never say anything bad about the dead. What? He’s not dead. He’s a drunken murderous old fool.


9 posted on 07/14/2009 6:07:03 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Zakeet

This is their own revisionist history. Demonrats live on lies. That is the only way they know how and to hell with everyone else. To hell with Mary Jo as she is an inconvenient truth and an example of just how far these scumbags will go to not abide by the laws, which are for everyone else.


10 posted on 07/14/2009 6:07:40 AM PDT by bushfamfan (United States of America: July 4, 1776-November 4, 2008)
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To: Maceman

Good graphic, except that for MaryJo, it was all darkness.

How long did they say she was alive, more than an hour, right?

She was breathing in a little air pocket near the back of the car. She might have survived if Ted had notified the police sooner.


11 posted on 07/14/2009 6:08:37 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having more children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: ComputerGuy

How times have changed - that satire could never be published today. (except as fond memory on the web).


12 posted on 07/14/2009 6:10:39 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Zakeet

Did the swimmer die?
Micheal Jackson died you know.


13 posted on 07/14/2009 6:11:11 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (I have a Pal in Sarah)
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To: Zakeet
If President Bush had killed a woman while driving drunk -

and walked away while she might have been saved

- (to keep the press from knowing he was drunk) - it would have been in the movie...

Hell, knowing how biased the double standard Hollywood types are, it would have BEEN THE MOVIE.

14 posted on 07/14/2009 6:11:23 AM PDT by GOPJ (Still waiting for journalists to ask Obama how he'll heal a deeply divided nation-FreeperOldDeckHand)
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To: Zakeet
It wasn't only Ted at Chappaquiddick, but other members of the entourage who delayed reporting this to the authorities for 9 hours, while their colleague suffocated in that submerged vehicle. Several of them were lawyers. And in that nine hours, Ted, and others made literally hundreds of telephone calls, not one to anyone who could help the victim, who apparently lived for between 4 and 6 hours after the incident.

This was negligent homicide, vehicular manslaughter, and just plain murder. Not one of the lawyers who were immediately on the scene with Kennedy was even sanctioned, never mind disbarred. They literally sat on the beach strategizing while Kopechne died.

Ted was not even a licensed driver at the time, and once the fix was in, he received the mildest of reprimands, couldn't even be called a slap on the wrist.

These simple facts were available even in the Massachusetts press. So what did the massholes who vote this foul beast in term after term do? They got together in demonstrations of sympathy .... for Ted ... not his victim.

15 posted on 07/14/2009 6:14:28 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (What's with the Obama Birth Certificate Fuss? Hitler was a foreigner. So was Stalin.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Anybody else would have done 20 years for manslaughter. A married man, drunk, goes parking with a young girl. A cop approaches to check out the car and he speeds off. Later the car goes into a channel. He immediately saves himself and abandons the girl, according to experts in an air bubble that lasted some 25 minutes. He walks past four homes without trying to get use of a telephone to notify authorities and swims home. The authorities perform no autopsy even though there was blood on her dress and nose which was inconsistent with drowning. He was found at an inquest to have been driving negligently but that information was withheld from a grand jury. It looked like the hands of friends in high places was screwing up the process at every level. By not going to the authorities he avoided a breath test and since no one determined the reason for the blood, he avoided questions of whether he did violence to her before they went into the water, which would have been a murder charge.


16 posted on 07/14/2009 6:17:07 AM PDT by idov
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To: ComputerGuy

Where did that run originally? The National Lampoon?


17 posted on 07/14/2009 6:20:56 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: swain_forkbeard
Yeah, it was the Lampoon iirc.
It's one of the all-time greats, imo.
18 posted on 07/14/2009 6:23:54 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (Williams/Sowell 2012 -or- Sowell/Williams 2012)
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To: idov

“The authorities perform no autopsy...”

Was she pregnant?


19 posted on 07/14/2009 6:24:03 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: ComputerGuy

I have a copy of that ad. It’s 100% true.


20 posted on 07/14/2009 6:25:01 AM PDT by caver (Obama's first goals: allow more killing of innocents and allow the killers of innocents to go free.)
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To: murron

The same day that Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin of Apollo 11 landed on the moon, Teddy was there with a competing story. One of the most historic events in the history of mankind and ole Ted stole the thunder right out from under NASA. What a POS!!!!!


21 posted on 07/14/2009 6:29:05 AM PDT by NCC-1701 (ON 1-19-09 GAS WAS, ON AVERAGE IN MEMPHIS, $1.43 A GALLON.)
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To: Zakeet

O’Donnell seems to have no shame.


22 posted on 07/14/2009 6:29:36 AM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: GOPJ
This story epitomizes our situation in this country today.

It is simply STUNNING the way we have let the communists take over media, Hollywood, Academia. All forms of mass communication.

They even write our history.

God help us.

23 posted on 07/14/2009 6:29:41 AM PDT by roses of sharon (It is not actual suffering but a taste of better things which excites people to revolt: Hoffer)
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To: Zakeet; All

24 posted on 07/14/2009 6:33:10 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Zakeet

Why does anyone watch MSNBC at all?


25 posted on 07/14/2009 6:41:02 AM PDT by LeonardFMason
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To: Zakeet

It seems they only throw “softballs” to Marxists on that show. The swimmer is probably the most evil Senator ever in Congress.


26 posted on 07/14/2009 6:44:36 AM PDT by MBB1984
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To: Kenny Bunk

And that right there, FRiend, is why I have zero respect for the “good” people of Massachusetts.

How they can square their consciences with being represented nationally by a murderer is something I will never understand, and frankly I don’t want to try that hard.


27 posted on 07/14/2009 6:48:36 AM PDT by Xenalyte (Don't threaten me with a good time.)
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To: Zakeet

As usual, rewriting history is what the lefties do best. We wouldn’t be in a world of hurt like we are today without the help of men like Ted Kennedy who have been working toward the destruction of America.


28 posted on 07/14/2009 6:50:50 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: swain_forkbeard
In re "autopsy."

The Kennedy Team pulled a fast one. The law of Massachusetts places the body in the custody of the local Medical Examiner. The Chief Medical Examiner (Dr. Dukakis... Mike's dad) circumvented the practice by calling in the ME from Springfield, 175 miles + a long ferry ride, across the state. Of course, he drove.

In the meantime, The Kennedy Team buffaloed the local funeral home and literally seized the body, which was immediately (and illegally) flown to PA in a private plane, before the worthy medical gentleman and Kennedy stooge from Springfield could arrive on the scene.

The funeral director, experienced in drowning cases, noted that Ms. Kopechne did NOT drown, but had suffocated. Nobody asked him. The imported ME reviewed his notes and made it "Death by Drowning" on the official record, without an autopsy. Later, a MA DA sought exhumation, but was denied permission by a PA Judge, and as I understand it, the Kopechne family was also against further investigation. That may, or may not have, had anything to do with the settlement they accepted from the Kennedys.

BTW, this is absolutely typical Kennedy family behavior around Cape Cod and the Islands. Sometimes it seems there isn't a village or hamlet that doesn't have at least one permanently injured or paralyzed victim of some lesser Kennedy prank, or accident, limping or wheeling about.

Was she pregnant?
Ms. Kopechne was a woman of excellent reputation, so it is unlikely. However, technically speaking, it can never be known one way or the other.

29 posted on 07/14/2009 6:53:57 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (What's with the Obama Birth Certificate Fuss? Hitler was a foreigner. So was Stalin.)
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To: Zakeet

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2291698/posts?page=136#136

My post on a different thread yesterday. Timely, huh Chrissy?


30 posted on 07/14/2009 6:57:58 AM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (piddy da foo)
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To: Zakeet

Didn’t Kennedy work with the Soviet Union to undermine Reagan’s foreign policy back in 1984? I remember that story coming out couple of years ago.

Bet that won’t be in the movie either.


31 posted on 07/14/2009 7:10:13 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34 (Liberals are hypocrites and phonies. Associate with them at your own risk.)
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To: murron
They are omitting Chappaquidick, but yet they are doing the special close to the 40th anniversary of the event.

If we had an unbiased press - this would be commented on publicly...

32 posted on 07/14/2009 7:26:48 AM PDT by GOPJ (Still waiting for journalists to ask Obama how he'll heal a deeply divided nation-FreeperOldDeckHand)
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To: ComputerGuy

Great pictures.


33 posted on 07/14/2009 7:44:17 AM PDT by GOPJ (Still waiting for journalists to ask Obama how he'll heal a deeply divided nation-FreeperOldDeckHand)
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To: roses of sharon

Liberals cover for each other - the old double standard in action...


34 posted on 07/14/2009 8:01:52 AM PDT by GOPJ (Still waiting for journalists to ask Obama how he'll heal a deeply divided nation-FreeperOldDeckHand)
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To: GOPJ
They are omitting Chappaquidick...

Thanks to Murdering Drunken Swine Ted's "Immigration Reform Act" of 1965, and his continuing efforts to eviscerate American schools, practically no one under 65 years of age living in New England today can even spell "Chappaquiddick," locate it on a map,or never mind, pronounce it.

35 posted on 07/14/2009 8:05:03 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (What's with the Obama Birth Certificate Fuss? Hitler was a foreigner. So was Stalin.)
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To: murron
The timing on this is interesting. They are omitting Chappaquidick, but yet they are doing the special close to the 40th anniversary of the event.

I was thinking the same thing.

He began by declaring "There‘s so much ground to cover. We don‘t have enough time for this. And I want to show the people out there, people under 60, who don‘t know the early Ted Kennedy, don‘t remember the early Ted Kennedy, I want to show what you have got in this movie." But O’Donnell’s interview completely left out the biggest scandal of "the early Ted Kennedy" – the death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick.

It's like they are thinking that if they keep omitting the facts about Mary Jo's death at Chappaquiddick enough, eventually, especially younger generations, will think of it as an urban legend. 'Did it really happen? It's not in official TV bios...' Sick.

36 posted on 07/14/2009 8:28:46 AM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: NMEwithin

Perfect! The cover pic says it all. But can Frank and Joe get anybody to believe the story they’ve uncovered? It could be the one case they can’t wrap up!


37 posted on 07/14/2009 8:39:27 AM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: Zakeet

Time-Lies-Warner’s Hail Barack Obama network.


38 posted on 07/14/2009 9:34:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: DManA
He's braindead yet he's still in Congress.

Anyone hear the brain drip from Senator Robert Byrd yesterday?

These old braindead Democrats are completely unfit for service in our Senate.

Is Byrd still fourth in line for the presidency?

Obscene.

39 posted on 07/14/2009 9:35:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: zert_28

Yep. Lousy Red.


40 posted on 07/14/2009 9:36:43 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: idov
There was one theory advanced to the effect that Teddy and Mary Jo had an accident &emdash; as in, striking a stationary object &emddash; before going off the bridge. If Mary Jo had been knocked out, so that Ted and company thought she was dead, then Chappaquiddick becomes a damage control scheme. Running the car into Poucha Pond was deliberate, done to cover for the story that Teddy was disoriented for the eight hours he would require to get his BAC down to a legal level.

Because, if the authorities had found out he had been driving drunk and had an accident involving a fatality, MA state law would have required that he be charged with manslaughter, no ifs, ands, or buts.

But it was all for nothing, because MJ wasn't dead after all. At least, not right away. Oh to have been a fly on the wall when that bomb burst back at the compound....

41 posted on 07/14/2009 3:26:00 PM PDT by thulldud (It HAS happened here!)
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