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Pinkerton: What If Media Had Given Chappaquiddick The Condit Treatment?
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 08/30/2009 11:46:45 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

It was just one line at the end of a segment.

But it spoke volumes about the way a media willing to look the other way saved Ted Kennedy's political career at the time of Chappaquiddick.

Jim Pinkerton made the observation on yesterday's Fox News Watch at the very end of the segment on the media's treatment of Kennedy's death.

View video here.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chandralevy; chappaquiddick; condit; maryjokopechne; mediabias; msm; tedkennedy
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1 posted on 08/30/2009 11:46:45 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

If MSM had treated Chappaquiddick like Condit-Levy ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 08/30/2009 11:47:21 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Conservative criticism of the liberal media: www.finkelblog.com)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Superb point by Pinkerton.


3 posted on 08/30/2009 11:48:16 AM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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4 posted on 08/30/2009 11:48:57 AM PDT by Dallas59
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To: EDINVA

Interesting. Pinkerton believes that it was not Ted Kennedy who drove that car off a bridge and killed a woman but it was instead an illegal alien from El Salvador.

And both times, the media implicated the wrong person is those deaths.


5 posted on 08/30/2009 11:54:16 AM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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I didn't think Pinkerton's analogy was on target since Condit didn't kill anyone.

Who did the media try to blame for Mary Jo Kopechne's death? George W. Bush?

6 posted on 08/30/2009 11:57:31 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What if Condit’s last name were Kennedy, would HE have been given the white-glove Chappaquiddick Treatment? Interesting question, considering the vast difference in media coverage 40 years hence.

Condit learned that messing with a young intern who believes you will one day throw away your whole life and ride away with her on a white horse, REALLY looks bad when she turns up dead.


7 posted on 08/30/2009 11:59:25 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

They look like a couple of bible-thumpers.


8 posted on 08/30/2009 12:00:13 PM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: trumandogz

What are you drinking today?

He was referring to the media investigation and coverage!!!


9 posted on 08/30/2009 12:02:44 PM PDT by Jeffrey_D. (veritas odium parit)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
While reading the letter Kennedy wrote to Pope Benedict, Gary Condit came immediately to mind with the words, "I have been an imperfect human being." Condit said, "I have not been a perfect man." Same for Mark Sanford. Politicians fluffing over the issue, per usual.

"I have been a philandering louse, hurting my family and others" gets straight to the point.

10 posted on 08/30/2009 12:08:36 PM PDT by NautiNurse (Obama: A day without TOTUS is like a day without sunshine)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It’s all quite moot. If the MSM were remotely honest, there would be 150 dems in the house, 30 in the Senate and the last dem president would have been Truman.


11 posted on 08/30/2009 12:10:16 PM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Jeffrey_D.

At least in the case of Condit, the media investigation was wrong on the most important point of the investigation.

How is it he can point to an example where the media investigation was not only wrong but resulted in Dominick Dunne writing a very big check to Condit?


12 posted on 08/30/2009 12:17:30 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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and with uncle ted it was...poor man, he has a neck brace, blah, blah, blah!!!


13 posted on 08/30/2009 12:20:24 PM PDT by Jeffrey_D. (veritas odium parit)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Ted Kennedy would have been stopped in his tracks. But, there was no cable back then and simply no one was given the “Condit Treatment”.


14 posted on 08/30/2009 12:22:21 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE CENTRAL AIR CONDITIONING!)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Pinkerton’s point was the scrutiny.


15 posted on 08/30/2009 12:25:32 PM PDT by rvoitier ("The law allows what honor forbids." -- C. C. Colton)
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To: Verginius Rufus

In one of the Chappaquiddick books I’ve read over the years, Rose blamed Fat Teddy’s handlers for the thing. She said Old Joe always had ‘people’ around to take the hit if something went haywire.


16 posted on 08/30/2009 12:25:49 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

That’s a splendid comparison to use, don’t you think?


17 posted on 08/30/2009 12:26:35 PM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Jeffrey_D.

Uncle Ted was lucky that he drove that car off that bridge before Watergate and before the advent of the 24 hour news channels.


18 posted on 08/30/2009 12:28:50 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: GnuHere

For William Kennedy Smith (son of the last surviving Kennedy sibling), having Kennedy as a middle name seems to have been enough to get the Kennedy treatment.


19 posted on 08/30/2009 12:33:40 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Handy going by three names, when the middle one happens to be that.
Might even be enough to let your uncle more than twice your age convince you to go out drinking and womanizing late at night, since the world is your oyster...


20 posted on 08/30/2009 12:41:26 PM PDT by GnuHere
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