Skip to comments.Columnist Cheers Cable News Wasn't Around for Chappaquiddick 'Media Bombardment'
Posted on 08/31/2009 6:09:41 AM PDT by WhiteCastle
If we'd had insatiable 24/7 cable news networks in July 1969, the accident on Chappaquiddick Island in which a passenger in a car driven by Sen. Edward Kennedy drowned would likely have dominated the national consciousness for months.
Special programs every night devoted to nothing but pundits bickering over the depths of the 37-year-old Kennedy's responsibility for the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, 28.
Town-hall-style chat shows every afternoon in which ordinary Americans issued their verdicts and sentences before the evidence was in.
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If we’d had insatiable 24/7 cable news networks in July 1969, the accident on Chappaquiddick Island in which a passenger in a car driven by Sen. Edward Kennedy drowned would likely have dominated the national consciousness for months.
And the sob wouldn’t have been able to perform the political damage he did to this country.....
She didn’t drown. She suffocated when she used up all the oxygen in the air pocket.
Thank heavens, the Chicago Tribune has got all those layers of editorial quality control and fact checking
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No autopsy was performed. How do you know this?
I don’t know if it was originalbuckeye or some other FR poster but someone had an artist’s rendition on another recent post showing the position of the body in the car when it was recovered. It was fairly clear from the drawing the car was upside down and she was trying to get her last breath from a probable air-pocket.
Which really makes you go hmmmm b/c that would mean presumably no doors or other escape route from the car was apparent to MaryJo. Just how did the driver escape?
Now *that's* hard hitting journalism!
The Kennedys made a call to the RAT Attorney General of Massachusetts?
Keep trying. Anyone? Anyone?
The Eagle has landed.
A diver was sent down and discovered Kopechne's body at around 8:45 am. The diver, John Farrar, later testified at the inquest that Kopechne's body was pressed up in the car in the spot where an air bubble would have formed. He interpreted this to mean that Kopechne had survived for a while after the initial accident in the air bubble, and concluded that
Had I received a call within five to ten minutes of the accident occurring, and was able, as I was the following morning, to be at the victim's side within twenty-five minutes of receiving the call, in such event there is a strong possibility that she would have been alive on removal from the submerged car.
Farrar believed that Kopechne "lived for at least two hours down there."
All of this can only derive from diver/rescuer Farrar's observations. About this, earlier this morning, I wrote in semi-private email:
None of this makes any sense. No one ever saw the Hahvid Exam Stah with wet clothing. He supposedly wasn't a very good swimmer. She supposedly was. She supposedly had the presence of mind to find an air pocket, but not to make exploratory forays to open a window and try to escape. I'm not suggesting that Farrar is making things up, but he could be mistaken about the whole air pocket thing; and that notion has to be his alone. There was no autopsy.ML/NJ
I very much doubt that Kennedy was in the car at all. My speculation is that he either outright murdered her by setting the car in motion with Mary Jo in it not very conscious, and Kennedy not. Or that one of his friends was the driver/murderer and Kennedy had to become involved because he owed the friend big-time, and he was the only only one who could get the body off the island and out of the State without having an autopsy performed. There were phone records showing at least several Kennedy credit card calls that night. Something was being set up and agreed to.
Didn’t Mythbusters try to re-enact this in a pool, and find that the air pocket would be very difficult to access?
Have you ever wondered why most of the media uses the word drowned instead of the accurate description of suffocate?
I have a personal opinion of what happened as he drove over the bridge that will upset some folks.... so be it...
Just what would cause an adult male to lose control of the vehicle, drive off the bridge, drown the female, and no autopsy performed once the body was recovered...
IMHO, Mr. Ted was receiving oral sex as he approached the bridge and had a climax as he drove upon the bridge resulting in a mental loss of control of the vehicle and unfortunately drove off the bridge. An autopsy of the lady would have disclosed his semen in her throat... therefore an autopsy had to be avoided.
He was a socialist asshole and I am not sorry to see him gone. Wish he had drowned in 1969 instead of the woman.
Oh I think that’s exactly what many of us are thinking, but can’t publicly say.
Ah the good old day’s of filtered news and misinformation on the Kennedy’s.