As we told you earlier, the Associated Press’s tweet outlining the 50th anniversary of Chappaquiddick and the death of Mary Jo Kopechne made Ted Kennedy and his passenger sound like victims of his car:
50 years ago today, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy left a party on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha's Vineyard with Mary Jo Kopechne, 28; some time later, Kennedy's car went off a bridge into the water. Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned. pic.twitter.com/X7jCFJcyJw
— AP Images (@AP_Images) July 18, 2019
The AP’s tweet got some important re-writes from people who remember the story better than some in the media seem to, and it also caught the eye of Brit Hume, who explained the approach that was taken:
“car went off a bridge…” Back in my wire service days, we’d use such vague formulations in initial stories about fatal car crashes when we didn’t know for sure what happened. 50 years later, there’s no doubt what happened at Chappaquiddick. He was driving and left her to drown https://t.co/9wEsTieujd
— Brit Hume (@brithume) July 19, 2019
The AP had that coming.
Classic case of true privilege. The guy is still being protected by the #MSM. Luckily, we have more access to information now and the blinders have been lifted.
— Philip Morrill (@PHMorrill) July 19, 2019
She survived for up to 2 hours. Died of asphyxiation. Not drowning. Two sets of laws… those for the Elite, those for the rest of us. He is shining star of liberal elite privilege.
— CharlieChezwick⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@CChezwick) July 19, 2019
If it was Trump it would say 50th anniversary of Trump drowning Mary Jo and leaving her in the water to die. https://t.co/7yiXpTmROW
— Grace Believer (@Grace_believer) July 19, 2019
You can be almost positive that the spin would have been different in that hypothetical circumstance.