In making him seem less worthy of posthumous praise, they hope to turn the prevailing tide of public sentiment against him, even in death, thereby decreasing the likelihood of having any Public HealthCare Bill passed in his name/memory/honour.
Think of it this way; Teddy is being Tea-Bagged by the Repugnican 'just-say-no' Party.
I'd agree that had this happened fresh in today's media environment, Kennedy would have been crucified, regardless if he was actually guilty of anything or not. Politically, he would have been toast.
I suppose that is the point of it. If it had happened today he would have been toast. In the 24/7 news jackals he would not have survived. They did not exist in 1969. 1969 was not all cookies and cream. Drunk driving was frowned upon but that was about it. There was no ideological absolutism then that there is today. That someone caught drunk driving would be branded for life and never forgiven. It was a different world but is it Kennedy's fault that the world is different? This cråp that tries to pass as new news is treating something that happened in 1969 like it happened yesterday? That a brother mourning the death of his best friend less than a year before shot on television just like his older brother might have a few too many?
The slacker days of 1969 I do not miss but the ideological absolutism with no forgiveness, no redemption whatsoever that exist today as the righteous path makes me me want to puke.
And if it was really a righteous path that is being sown it would just make me sick but it is just red against blue partisan vomit that is being passed as revelation.
If it happened today, it would have commanded 4-fold the media coverage of his passing — and 75% of that coverage would be sensationalism. Hell, Rush Limbaugh would have been wetting his pants over it.
Just the same, John Ensign is still the Senator from Nevada. Mark Sanford is still the Governor of South Carolina...
Media schmedia. It's all about wealth, power, and influence. We don't need no steenkin' tabloids.
Yet "remembering iran-contra" was appropriate for the day of Ronald Reagan's funeral - purely as a "balance to the biased media coverage" that day.
Sadly in this day, I don't expect any less of those who are not members of the same political party as the person who is being remembered.
Edited by Llewelyn (08/31/0901:37 PM)
_________________________ I used to think it was terrible that life was unfair. Then I thought what if life were fair and all of the terrible things that happen came because we really deserved them? Now I take comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe.
Does it matter though? I don't know the point of such an academic question right after the man died aside from wanting to re-fight it. Is it really important for anyone to "win" Sen. Ted Kennedy's legacy? That's what I'm more interested in.
CNN posted the article early Friday, the day of his public showing, I was surprised they did. I at least held off posting it here until Sunday night. Even with my opinion of him I thought it was a bit rude for CNN to post it on the day of his public funeral so I waited. Same reason I stayed out of most of the threads that were remembering his good points. I don't want to "re-fight" it, it's just my opinion of something currently in the news that doesn't happen to fit with the opinions of this liberal slanted forum. Nothing wrong with hearing both sides of the debate is there?
Sweetheart, that is just another indication of being unaware of the whole story.
You were obviously not here for the first 3/4s of the last 8 years during which time y'all lorded over not only the all three branches of Government, but over the Forum as well. We sat through both the Daily "GOP Talking Points" meetings and the whining about "Media BIAS" and the "Clinton bashing" once all the lies started to unravel & fall apart... and the bully boys were made to look ridiculous by the very man they'd blindly supported... Finally reduced to little more than empty barrels enjoying their once threateningly loud noise, they CHOSE to slink off to lick their wounds, ...and plan their next tea-party.
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