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July 18, 2014

45 Years Ago, Ted Kennedy Left Mary Jo Kopechne to Die in the Shallow Water of the Chappaquiddick River

And, of course, walked away with a slap on the wrist. Less than that, really -- a two month suspended sentence for leaving the scene of an accident.

To some extent I understand how that happen -- understand, not condone.

The Kennedys were an extremely famous and wealthy political family. For many Democrats, they were the Democratic Party.

Also, I suppose there was the sentiment that the "Kennedys have suffered enough."

So I can understand how justice got corrupted.

Nevertheless, justice was indeed corrupted. And while I understand that -- corruption happens, the rich get breaks, powerful scions of political dynasties get away with things that everyday citizens don't -- what I don't understand is why the media treats this as a "controversial" story, which must be avoided.

It's only "controversial" because it hurts the Democratic Party.

This of course is not a reason to treat a story as "controversialized" well enough that it shan't be spoken of, ever again.

But of course the media are almost all Democrats. They don't want to bring stuff like this up.

Brian Cates, aka @drawandstrike, has been tweeting the timeline on that night in 1969, and it's pretty gripping, pretty horrible stuff.

T. Becket Adams has collected those tweets into a Storified format. It's worth reading.

But it is horrifying:




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