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40 Years Since Chappaquiddick; Ted Kennedy, Mary Jo Kopechne
Newsbusters.org ^ | July 18, 2009 | Rich Noyes

Posted on 07/18/2009 9:59:17 AM PDT by WhiteCastle

Earlier this week, ABC, CBS and NBC all noted the tenth anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. That Kennedy was an “icon” according to CBS’s Harry Smith, and “the Prince of Camelot” to ABC’s Chris Cuomo, a former cousin-in-law. Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, killed July 18, 1969 after leaving a party with Senator Edward Kennedy. That night, Kennedy drove his car off a bridge, and left the scene with Kopechne still in the submerged vehicle; he did not call the police until the following morning.

Over the course of the past four decades, the media elite have touted Kennedy as a “liberal lion,” spending far more time celebrating his ideological agenda than reminding people of his behavior that night in 1969. As my colleague Brent Baker noted in an op-ed back in 1999, the media have come to refer to Chappaquiddick as a “Kennedy tragedy,” not a “Kopechne tragedy.”

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: adultery; anniversary; camelottedlegacy; chappaquiddick; drowning; edwardkennedy; kennedy; kennedyfamily; kennedylegacy; kopechne; maryjokopechne; suffocation; tedkennedy; tedtheswimmer
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Say what you want about Mark Sanford and John Ensign - nobody drowned in the bck seat of their car.a
1 posted on 07/18/2009 9:59:18 AM PDT by WhiteCastle
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To: WhiteCastle

it says something about this country that this man could serve in the u.s. senate for a half century,

and meanwhile, help the left destroy this country.


2 posted on 07/18/2009 10:01:45 AM PDT by ken21 (i am not voting for a rino-progressive.)
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To: WhiteCastle

3 posted on 07/18/2009 10:02:24 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("A new Dark Ages made all the more terrible and prolonged by the sinister powers of science.")
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To: ken21
It says a great deal about the voters of Massachusetts.

Let us not forget that Ted could not beat Jimmy Carter, in the Primary!

4 posted on 07/18/2009 10:02:49 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: WhiteCastle

It took Kennedy 11 hours to call police. The car was in 8 feet of water. The diver that recovered her body said she was in the area where the airpocket was located and had he arrived within 25 minutes he may have been anle to save her.

Her family betrayed her by not pressing the case and cremating her body so fast.


5 posted on 07/18/2009 10:03:31 AM PDT by stockpirate (The movement to take back America has already started, Sarah is her name.)
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To: WhiteCastle

I usually send a card to Ted, expressing my sorrow over Mary Jo’s death, and share in his grief, this year I forgot till the last moment, and had to call one of his offices... and left a message...


6 posted on 07/18/2009 10:03:34 AM PDT by JoanneSD
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To: WhiteCastle
"The Kennedy Tragedy..." How quaint of the media.

Can you imagine had this happened to Nixon? There would still be wall to wall coverage about the "evil conservative...". Of course Nixon would not have been out drinking and driving, or fled the scene.

7 posted on 07/18/2009 10:03:41 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: WhiteCastle

makes me sick how that family are regarded by those in the media as some kind of great family.

They have left people to die, rape, underage ,drugs, drink corruption.

Yet they are darlings.

Whitecastle
read about the Irish Italian mafia wars in Boston and how JFK went aftert he mafia and then let his brother get in power thus taking control of the unions, contracts votes etc.

The Irish worked with the feds against the mafia while the kennedys were lapping it up.

Not forgetting how they have brought terrorists over from Northern Ireland and have been at fundraisers for the terrorist IRA.


8 posted on 07/18/2009 10:05:09 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman , nothing else-- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: WhiteCastle
If the Dems even try to call “Health Care Reform” -— “Kennedy Care” -— Republicans should offer amendments for swimming lessons, CRP instructions, and how to dial 911, or stop at the Fire House while you walk by it, to inform authorities should you happened to drive your car off of a bridge with someone in your car that is still alive!
9 posted on 07/18/2009 10:05:50 AM PDT by Kansas58
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To: JoanneSD

thank you and I will do the same.


10 posted on 07/18/2009 10:06:46 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman , nothing else-- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: WhiteCastle
The sad thing to me about Sen. Kennedy and John Jr. is that they both had a reckless streak in them. They didn't seem to care about anyone but themselves. The senator was probably loaded when he plunged the car with Ms. Kopechne in it into the lake. John Jr. may have been sober, but he was an inexperienced pilot flying in bad weather without any concern for his wife and sister-in-law. And these are the ones we hold up as heroes?

It's been nice celebrating 40 years of the moon landing. It has been a source of pride for this nation. The other two incidents (40 years for Chappaquidick and 10 years for the plane crash) are major embarrassments we should forget.

The only ones I would want to remember would be Ms. Kopechne and the two ladies who died in the plane crash. May they rest in peace.

11 posted on 07/18/2009 10:10:28 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: WhiteCastle

12 posted on 07/18/2009 10:10:29 AM PDT by Iron Munro (If you cannot be a good example you can serve as horrible warning - like Obama.)
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To: Kansas58

It says a great deal about the voters of Massachusetts


It does indeed.
Barney frank prostitution
Kerry
Delahunt
Kennedy who are loved in that liberal hell hole.

Why do they get voted in ?

Because after living there it is easy to know why.
The media are the most biased media I have ever seen and I have lived around the world and this country.
My mother in law is from there she had no clue about Frank until two months ago when I told her.

The Kennedy’s are loved because the media spin the facts and many times ignore the facts.
A freeper yesterday said she was hoping one day her state(MA) would go back to being republican
No chance that will ever happen, the media, the homosexuals and the Kennedy’s are in full control of that state


13 posted on 07/18/2009 10:10:45 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman , nothing else-- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: WhiteCastle

Ted is a coward and a murderer.


14 posted on 07/18/2009 10:11:09 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is an illegal alien)
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To: stockpirate

Perhaps the family was pressured into disposing of the body...or maybe they were paid a nice sum of money to do so. The Kennedys have always had rather sinister clout.


15 posted on 07/18/2009 10:12:04 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Kansas58

I can’t remember any Republican even mentioning Chappaquiddick. Have they?


16 posted on 07/18/2009 10:14:35 AM PDT by ReluctantDragon
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To: manc

It’s not just media; the voters are often unwilling to make a change. I don’t know if that comes from laziness or stupidity, but I’ve watched it happen in PA. The same jerks are re-elected every time. Something about “well, we know what a crook he is, but we don’t know the other guy.” And they vote for the crook they know.


17 posted on 07/18/2009 10:15:41 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: BenLurkin

Hummmmm? I just CANNOT imagine someone being capable of opening, starting and driving a vehicle while at the same time not know where his passenger was regardless of how drunk he was....... or was he really drunk during the actual accident?


18 posted on 07/18/2009 10:19:29 AM PDT by real_patriotic_american
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To: fatnotlazy

If I’m not mistaken, to this day, the Kopechne family has never spoken of their daughter’s death publicly.

If I’m not mistaken, nobody who was at the party on Chappaquiddick (sp?) Island has ever spoken publicly either. There were at least a dozen people in that house at the party, when Ted and Mary Jo left. None of them has ever spoken publicly about that night.

I think it’s possible that silence was bought or intimidation or bribes, or something happened to cause everyone to never speak of that night.

If I recall from what I’ve read, the party was at a rented cottage on the island. Within hours, they cleaned up the house, and had everyone leave the island before any law enforcement investigation could happen.

I disagree totally with Ted politically. So it rubs me the wrong way that, as a term of endearment, he is sometimes called the “liberal lion” as if liberalism is such a good doctrine. I guess to the liberals in the MSM, the liberal lion is a positive term. To the rest of us, we think differently about what it means for him to be the liberal lion.


19 posted on 07/18/2009 10:19:52 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: WhiteCastle

Does anyone know what happened to ytedk.com? It used to have exhaustive info on the senator from Chappaquiddick.


20 posted on 07/18/2009 10:20:25 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: ken21

A Republican would be removed from office for a simple drunk driving offense...... Of course being a Kennedy, a certain organization has him covered.


21 posted on 07/18/2009 10:21:40 AM PDT by real_patriotic_american
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To: fatnotlazy

It rubs me the wrong way that sometimes people talk about the tragedies of the Kennedy family.

The true tragedies were the assassinations of President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. Sometimes they lump self-inflicted wounds such as Chappaquiddick and the William Kennedy Smith rape case, and JFK Jr. crashing the plane. Self inflicted problems, brought on by wreckless behavior, is hardly the same as being shot to death.


22 posted on 07/18/2009 10:22:37 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: manc
Because after living there it is easy to know why. The media are the most biased media I have ever seen and I have lived around the world and this country. My mother in law is from there she had no clue about Frank until two months ago when I told her.

The Kennedy’s are loved because the media spin the facts and many times ignore the facts. A freeper yesterday said she was hoping one day her state(MA) would go back to being republican
No chance that will ever happen, the media, the homosexuals and the Kennedy’s are in full control of that state
Don't forget unions... not current union members per Se but the family members of former union members.

If great grampa worked for a tanning plant in Fall River where the union told him to only vote for Democrats he went home and forced his family to vote for Democrats as well. After a while reaching for the D lever becomes a conditioned response rather like Dr Strangelove and the Nazi salute.

23 posted on 07/18/2009 10:22:59 AM PDT by Gordon Pym
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To: Dilbert San Diego

When the Senator leaves this earth, he will be endlessly touted as a major hero. I think I’ll be watching a movie that day.


24 posted on 07/18/2009 10:23:28 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: real_patriotic_american

It made me sick to watch the HBO documentary of Kennedy’s life especially the part where Obama comes gives his speech about how great Ted Kennedy is!


25 posted on 07/18/2009 10:23:42 AM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: bmwcyle

> Ted is a coward and a murderer.

I have less endearing words for this POS but you hit it on the nail.


26 posted on 07/18/2009 10:24:01 AM PDT by max americana
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To: Dilbert San Diego
If I’m not mistaken, to this day, the Kopechne family has never spoken of their daughter’s death publicly.

Mr. and Mrs. Kopechne are now dead. However, you are correct about their silence. 

27 posted on 07/18/2009 10:24:11 AM PDT by peyton randolph (Caligula's horse as Senator was smarter than our current Congress)
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To: WhiteCastle
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28 posted on 07/18/2009 10:24:23 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (Williams/Sowell 2012 -or- Sowell/Williams 2012)
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To: real_patriotic_american

But don’t forget, the voters of Massachusetts keep re-electing him. When it comes to scandals with politicians, the voters will have their say. Obviously the Mass. voters collectively like liberalism and the whole Kennedy mystique, and put that ahead of the obvious character flaws of the Kennedy clan.


29 posted on 07/18/2009 10:24:39 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: JoanneSD

Ha! That’s probably why he drank’ so much all these yrs. He kept getting that ‘weird’ card. LoL


30 posted on 07/18/2009 10:24:56 AM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: fatnotlazy

good point

many folks I have met from MA always say they have voted Dem all their lives and they will again.

I’m down south but I have had this conversation a few times.
“Hey you just moved here then ?”
“yes from MA”

“Why did you move?”

“It was too expensive, the high cost of living, the high taxes etc “some have even said they do not agree with the homosexual thing up there/

“Who did you vote for up there ?”

“Oh I am a Democrat, card carrying union too”

“”MMMMM so who do you think you will be voting for now you’re down here?”

“Oh that is easy I’m Democrat and and will be voting for them”

I place my head in my hands and just shrug my shoulders . I wait for a few secs and then say do you have any idea who destroyed your state? Do you want to make this state look like your old one now and ruin it for us all down here?”

“”Huh I never thought of it like that”

AARRGGHHH


31 posted on 07/18/2009 10:25:27 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman , nothing else-- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: WhiteCastle
July 18, 1969 -— Mary Jo Kopechne, was killed!

~ July 1, 1969 -— Mary Jo Kopechne said; “Teddy, I think I'm pregnant!

30 seconds later............

~ July 1, 1969 -— Teddy said; “Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we get there!

32 posted on 07/18/2009 10:25:57 AM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: ken21

He also was kicked out of school for cheating.


33 posted on 07/18/2009 10:27:14 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: manc
“Oh that is easy I’m Democrat and and will be voting for them”

I place my head in my hands and just shrug my shoulders . I wait for a few secs and then say do you have any idea who destroyed your state? Do you want to make this state look like your old one now and ruin it for us all down here?”

“”Huh I never thought of it like that”

AARRGGHHH

I have said for a very long time that the South needs to have a minuteman project to keep the commie libs (that have screwed up where they come from) out of normal areas lest they get screwed as well

34 posted on 07/18/2009 10:30:58 AM PDT by Gordon Pym
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To: WhiteCastle
I've always had my suspicions that Kennedy wasn't in the car with Mary Jo. It is unlikely that he could have escaped from the car and Mary Jo would not have been able to escape also. She apparently had the presence of mind to locate an air pocket in the submerged car. If Kennedy escaped out a window, and was gone from the car, it just doesn't make sense that she wouldn't have tried the same sort of escape. And no one ever said they saw Kennedy in wet clothing.

So if he wasn't in the car, what might have happened? I don't think anyone else was in the car when it went off the bridge either. I think someone, maybe not even Kennedy, decided to kill her. Kennedy may have come forward for someone else because he was almost certainly the only one who could get the body off the island without an autopsy. No one knows if she was pregnant. No one knows if she was even conscious when she went into the water. (She obviously was conscious after hitting the water, given the report that she was found upside down in an air pocket; assuming the report is true.)

ML/NJ

35 posted on 07/18/2009 10:36:05 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Boardwalk

I can’t see myself trying to condone killing someone in a drunk driving accident and then staying in office!


36 posted on 07/18/2009 10:36:34 AM PDT by real_patriotic_american
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To: WhiteCastle
And if his name were Edward Moore, he would have done time.

This is it in a nutshell. Kennedy didn't do time for killing Mary Jo because he is a Kennedy, NOT because he didn't murder her.

37 posted on 07/18/2009 10:36:43 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Gordon Pym

one guy down in port st Lucie told me that they should build a wall and if any of them want to move here they have to pay 10 grand and then be educated on why their old yankee state is messed up and how they should not make the south look like the hell hole they just left.

The Left harp on about how educated they are, even going as far as saying self educated
ARF.

They cannot be that smart when they make their new state look like the hell hole they just escaped from.


38 posted on 07/18/2009 10:38:19 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman , nothing else-- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: stockpirate
Her family betrayed her by not pressing the case and cremating her body so fast.

Indeed. But I have no doubt whatsoever that they had at least one late night visit from "friends" of Teddy.

39 posted on 07/18/2009 10:38:22 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I heard Kennedy passed out at Obama’s inaguration ball! He must have been sauced!


40 posted on 07/18/2009 10:38:41 AM PDT by real_patriotic_american
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To: WhiteCastle

Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.


41 posted on 07/18/2009 10:39:10 AM PDT by SmithL (The Golden State demands all of your gold)
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To: WhiteCastle

I suspect Ted will see her again soon as he rides the down escalator, she’ll give him a wave from the heavens above.


42 posted on 07/18/2009 10:41:18 AM PDT by usmcobra (Your chances of dying in bed are reduced by getting out of it, but most people still die in bed)
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To: MEGoody

Was the father (Joe Kennedy) still alive then? I’ve hard and read that he was most definitely not a nice guy, and if he was alive then, I’m sure he used every means available to protect his son (including anything devious).


43 posted on 07/18/2009 10:51:09 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: MEGoody
Indeed. But I have no doubt whatsoever that they had at least one late night visit from "friends" of Teddy.

There is a story around here about a little old lady that had a house on a corner lot in one of the larger towns in Suffolk county and the sitting (Democrat) police chief stopped by to see if he could put up a yard sign. She said no. About 45 minutes later a marked police car pulled up with three uniformed policemen. They put up the yard sign and told her she better leave it up "if she knew what was good for her." The case was settled in court and the sign was removed but nobody ever knew what happened because the local paper refused to cover it because it wasn't news.

That's life as usual here in the peoples republic

44 posted on 07/18/2009 10:54:15 AM PDT by Gordon Pym
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To: fatnotlazy

He died 11/69.


45 posted on 07/18/2009 10:56:07 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: ken21

As far as I know there is no statute of limitations on murder.....


46 posted on 07/18/2009 10:59:16 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Diversity causes division and resentment.)
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To: trisham

Then the father may have had the time and money to bribe or if necessary bully and threaten in order to protect the good Senator. Sounds about right.

Thanks.


47 posted on 07/18/2009 10:59:38 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: fatnotlazy
Then the father may have had the time and money to bribe or if necessary bully and threaten in order to protect the good Senator. Sounds about right.

*****************

Joe Senior was extremely, perhaps even obsessively, ambitious for his sons.

48 posted on 07/18/2009 11:02:21 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: real_patriotic_american
A Republican would be removed from office for a simple drunk driving offense......>/i>

Remember the hatchet job on Senator John Tower (R-Tex) -- one of the most patriotic and effective men ever to serve there??

And he wasn't anywhere near being a member of the lush community as Ted Kennedy is.

49 posted on 07/18/2009 11:06:59 AM PDT by Turret Gunner A20 (There is not enough combined intellect in the beltway to jumpstart a moron.)
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To: WhiteCastle
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50 posted on 07/18/2009 11:07:22 AM PDT by mojitojoe (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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