Sunday, August 30, 2009

Shorter Eleanor Clift

Thank God for historical ignorance!
The city editor at a small daily in Iowa sent a reporter out last week to gather reminiscences of Senator Kennedy. "Be sure to ask about Chappaquiddick," he said, a request that drew a blank look. The young reporter had no idea what he was talking about. When this story was related to me by the editor's wife, who is a baby boomer steeped in Kennedy lore, I thought how relieved the Kennedy family must be that a generation of Americans doesn't automatically reflect on the tragedy that for so long clouded Ted Kennedy's life and career.
As for how this tragedy "clouded" others, well . . . Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

1 comment:

  1. "Congratulations, son. You're everything we've come to expect from our nation's journalism schools."