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Sunday, April 8, 2018
NY Times Op-Ed: Chappaquiddick Film Is ‘Character Assassination’ of Ted Kennedy
In a New York Times op-ed
published Friday, a liberal journalist and film critic complained the new film Chappaquiddick
was a "character assassination" of its central character, Democratic
Senator Ted Kennedy.
Mary Jo Kopechne
"How ‘Chappaquiddick’ Distorts a
Tragedy" wrote Neal Gabler, who is working on
a biography of Kennedy.
Gabler complained the film, released
in theaters Friday, has been "heavily promoted by conservative media
outlets, and reviewers across the political spectrum have praised what they
deem its damning but factual approach. Damning it is; factual it is not."
There actually was no
"cover-up" of Kennedy's car accident that led to the death of an
aide, he claims, adding that "no one but the most lunatic conspiracy
theorists see this as anything but a tragic accident in which nothing much was
Chappaquiddick tells the story of a car accident that occurred on Chappaquiddick
Island, Massachusetts in 1969. The accident was caused by Kennedy's
negligence and resulted in the death of his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne,
who was trapped inside the vehicle. The screenwriters have said their efforts in
making the film aren’t partisan and they aimed to tell the facts of the
Gabler doesn't actually point to any
factual errors in the film (save for the fact that Joe Kennedy, confined to a
wheelchair by a stroke, likely wouldn't be able to grunt one-word dialogue like
he does in the film). Instead, his criticism is limited more to the depiction
of Kennedy as a character.
Teddy w/ phony neck brace
"In this version, the Kennedy
character leaves Kopechne to die as she gasps for air, and then, with the aid
of his brothers’ old advisers, cooks up a scheme to salvage his presidential
ambitions. A more callow, cunning, cowardly and self-interested yet moronic
figure you couldn’t find," he wrote.
Gabler claimed Kennedy actually felt
"deep remorse and responsibility," and eventually grew to be "an
indispensable legislator whose achievements included the 18-year-old vote, the
Americans With Disabilities Act and the Children’s Health Insurance
"It is very possible that over
time, through the osmosis of social media, the despicable Kennedy of this movie
will eradicate the honorable if flawed real one," Gabler wrote.
Ed. Liberal Times, Op-Ed hack Neal Gabler “doesn't actually point to any
factual errors in the film,” writes Alex Griswold. So what has Gabler so upset?
Why has he accused Chappaquiddick
makers of “character assassination?” Could it be because the liberal bias was missing from the movie? Could it be that there
was no one to portray Ted Kennedy as a saint rather than the despicable slug he
An honest recital of the facts would upset any liberal, wouldn't it!