Attention RedStaters: Tonight the third of a four-episode documentary about Chappaquiddick airs on FOX News Channel.
I am a big fan of this series and recommend that you either watch or record. Chappaquiddick changed the course of American politics by destroying Sen. Ted Kennedy’s presidential prospects which represented the Kennedy family’s last chance of recapturing the White House.
This tragic 1969 saga reveals how a powerful family manipulated the media and legal system to cover-up Ted’s irresponsible actions resulting in the death of a young woman sacrificed for the sake of Ted’s political career.
What follows is the official press release from FOX News and links to clips from tonight’s show.
FOX News Channel’s (FNC) docu-series Scandalous: Chappaquiddick continues with episode three entitled, “His Turn” on Sunday, December 16th at 8PM/ET. With the investigation into the death of campaign strategist Mary Jo Kopechne behind him, Senator Ted Kennedy pushes through the controversy and eyes a potential run for the presidency. However, former President Richard Nixon uses Chappaquiddick as a weapon to keep Kennedy at bay, but is soon crippled by a scandal of his own, the break-in at the Watergate hotel. Kennedy’s decision to make a run for the White House causes the media to dig back into the accident at Chappaquiddick, raising even more questions than ever. 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: “In the early morning hours of June 17th, 1972, five men were arrested for breaking into the Democratic National Headquarters at Washington, D.C’s Watergate Hotel. But during the summer and fall of 1972, as the scandal rippled across the country, no connection had yet been made between the break-in and President Nixon. Aided by a strong economy and the potential for peace in Vietnam, Richard Nixon was soundly reelected, crushing Democrat George McGovern in a landslide. The election featured one of the lowest turnouts in American history, particularly among Democrats.”
Michael Graham, Columnist for the Boston Herald: “If the American left had had a popular figure who could present that call for progress in a mainstream way, say with a brand name that people knew and were comfortable with, like Kennedy, as opposed to say a little known senator from South Dakota named George McGovern who no one expected to be the nominee. If instead of a wounded Ted Kennedy with the legacy of Chappaquiddick it had been Ted Kennedy at the top of his game with all of the assets of the Kennedy clan and all the media behind him, 1972 could have been a very different election.”
Narrator: “As the calendar flipped to 1980, the Kennedy campaign felt good about their first test on the road to the White House – the Iowa Caucus…But the momentum would not last long. As the primary season approached, polls found Kennedy’s popularity in decline. The reason most respondents cited for their lack of enthusiasm? Chappaquiddick.”
Former NBC News Reporter Liz Trotta: “You know, this was an East Coast family with an East Coast following in the media and you know, I think we often forget it’s a huge country. You get beyond New York and in between there’s a lot of people that didn’t forget he had gone off a bridge with a young lady and never told the truth about it.”
Narrator: “500 miles away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, residents of Chappaquiddick Island were still dealing with the aftermath of the accident at Dike Bridge more than a decade earlier. Tourists flocked to the 81 foot long wooden bridge, hoping to catch a glimpse of the place that may have changed the political landscape and the United States forever.”
Steve Ewing, former Chappaquiddick ferry operator: “One more reason for people to come – to see the place where it was kind of the beginning of the end that dynasty.”
Jerry Grant, former Chappaquiddick ferry owner: “So many people were cutting up the bridge, taking pieces of it. And actually I saw a piece of it on a cash register in Florida. I said to the guy, ‘That’s Chappaquiddick bridge, right?’ and he said ‘Yeah, how’d you know?’ and I said ‘I recognize it.’”
Narrator: “With Chappaquiddick now a synonym for political scandal, the legacy of the once quaint summer destination island had quickly, and permanently, changed.”
What: Scandalous: Chappaquiddick
Where: FOX News Channel
When: Sunday, December 16th at 8PM/ET