Attention RedStaters: Last Sunday night I watched the first episode of Scandalous: Chappaquiddick and was very impressed. (And trust me, I am rarely impressed when history gets re-told in documentary form – especially for an event that I lived through as a teenager from the Boston suburbs.)
If you want to know the real reason why the late Sen. Ted Kennedy was never the Democratic nominee for president – the 1969 tragedy at Chappaquiddick is the answer. If you want to know why average people go to jail for serious crimes and “big names” often don’t – watch Chappaquiddick. This show is guaranteed to make your blood boil!
What follows is the FOX News show promo with three video clips.
FOX News Channel’s (FNC) docu-series Scandalous: Chappaquiddick continues with episode two entitled, “A Tiger by the Tail” on Sunday, December 9th at 8PM/ET. This week’s episode will dive deep into the aftermath of the summer night that led to the discovery of Senator Ted Kennedy’s car and campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne’s body submerged in the water off a small one-lane bridge. With the Kopechne family grieving the loss of Mary Jo, Kennedy’s team of advisors work to devise a plan to save the Senator’s career and his presidential aspirations all while keeping the media in the dark. With pressure mounting, Kennedy breaks his silence by addressing the American public in a live speech on national television, however the controversial speech led to an official investigation into Mary Jo’s death. An extended director’s cut version containing additional footage and longer guest interviews will be available on FOX Nation, Sunday at 8:05PM/ET.
Narrator: “It seemed like a simple accident investigation, and Arena had realized early on that with the name Kennedy attached to it, he would be basically on his own.”
Former Edgartown Chief of Police Dominick “Jim” Arena: “I told the District Attorney’s office. I called them to report that he had been in an accident and that somebody was killed. The detective lieutenant who answered the phone told me that I had a tiger by the tail and good luck.”
Former NBC News Reporter Liz Trotta: “He was in an impossible position. The Kennedy family ran that part of the United States. I mean, Cape Cod and all of its surrounding islands, Chappaquiddick, all of that was Kennedy territory. This was a man, a small-town guy, good natured, affable, caught in a real storm.”
Narrator: “And anyone who might have some insight was suddenly nowhere to be found.”
Cousin of Mary Jo Kopechne Georgetta Potoski: “I went to the casket. Mary Jo looked lovely, beautiful. She looked like she was sleeping.”
Narrator: “The small church was packed, 700 people. Senator Kennedy arrived with his wife Joan, his neck visibly supported by a brace worn under his suit collar.”
Boston Herald columnist Michael Graham: “The message of that neck brace was absolutely clear. There are two victims in this accident, Mary Jo Kopechne and me.”
Narrator: “On July 30, the office of Edward Kennedy announced that he was returning to Washington to resume his duties in the Senate, and would be running for reelection in 1970. Before he arrived on Martha’s Vineyard on July 18, 1969, Kennedy had been the clear frontrunner to carry the mantle of the family dynasty on the way back to the presidency.”
Boston University Professor Thomas Whalen: “Ted Kennedy is the first kind of chink in the armor with Chappaquiddick because people are beginning to scratch their heads “Well that just doesn’t add up to what we know about the Kennedys.” Chappaquiddick is the first kind of indication that Camelot is not all that it should be, that there’s a dark side to Camelot.”
What: Scandalous: Chappaquiddick
Where: FOX News Channel
When: Sunday, December 9th at 8PM/ET