30 August 2009

Tabloid tirade about Ted Kennedy from the Daily Mail

When it comes to no-holds barred, moralistic and holier than thou journalism, the Daily Mail takes some beating.

If you saw the clip from Vice-president Biden’s moving tribute to Edward Kennedy I posted the other day and/or President Obama’s eulogy at yesterday’s funeral, don’t be taken in for a moment by such blinkered and biassed die-hard Democats.

The Mail Online will put you right, as you can see from their tasteful headline:

'Ted Kennedy: The Senator of Sleeze who was a drunk sexual bully ... and left a young woman to die'

Click HERE for the truth according to the Daily Mail – and to hell with the grief of the bereaved Kennedy family, friends and colleagues, not to mention what millions of other Americans might be feeling.

My thanks to Charles Crawford (whose blog also has some interesting posts on the same subject) for drawing my attention to THIS fascinating piece about Kennedy's televised speech after Chappaquiddick. Having read and watched all the links from it, I have to admit that the Daily Mail article does have a point - and it's not very often I've ever done that!

But it may help to explain something about the speeches by both Biden and Obama that had somewhat puzzled me, namely their sheer length, with about 10 minutes from the Vice-President and nearer 15 minutes from the President at the funeral.

In the case of Biden, I'd put it down to his well-known verbosity, but I was very surprised to see Obama making quite such an extended meal of it.

Maybe, when there are some very negative facts about the deceased that you know and everyone else knows that you're not mentioning, one solution is to go on and on about the virtues of the deceased at great length - on the off chance that there'll be enough of them for the good memories to offset the bad and, perhaps even, achieve some kind of redemption.

1 comment:

Chris Lawson said...

Perhaps the dreadful Daily Mail has a point?

The attitude of the male members of the Kennedy family towards women, as inculcated by boot-legging patriarch Joseph Kennedy, has been widely documented.

These two pieces, one a heavily researched article by the feminist journalist Mary Wentworth, the other based on stories circulating on a college campus in 1980, suggest that there were actually three people in Senator Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick. Mary-Jo Kopechne had apparently crawled into the back seat of Sen. Kennedy's car to sleep. He hadn't noticed her when he drove another young woman, either someone married or most likely Rosemary Keogh, his secretary, away from the party, either to have a midnight swim or