Monday, August 31, 2009

speaking ill of a dead Kennedy because he makde light of killing someone

During an interview on the Diane Rehm Show in the wake of Senator Ted Kennedy, his old friend and political ally (Newsweek editor) Ed Klein waxes nostalgic.

Essentially Mr. Klein either stepped in it, knew it, and desperately attempted to backtrack, or he really thinks that revisiting the preventable horrific innocent death of Mary Jo Kopechne in such a manner is a virtue. Mark Hemingway of National Review Online takes a much more serious view.
EXCUSE ME? If that's true, it makes Kennedy kind of a monster. The odd thing is that if you listen to the whole show, the tone of everyone involved is nauseatingly hagiographic and reverential. Klein apparently let his guard down a bit; after he lets it slip Kennedy liked to joke about the woman he killed you can actually hear in his voice that he's trying to backpedal. The show actually cuts to a break as he's trying to explain himself, and I seriously wonder if it wasn't the producers trying to do Klein a favor. But I'm sorry, there appears to be little to that could explain this. It goes way beyond "you had to be there."
Whether or not even joking about the Chappaquiddick incident in general is in question taste or not it is certainly beyond a mere vulgarity to joke about the time you tore someone's life from this mortal coil.

I subscribe to that double standard. I do not feel bad about

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