A look at the political spin cycle

By  Terry Paulson:


The new drama “Chappaquiddick” captures the agonizing series of choices that resulted in Senator Kennedy’s biggest scandal. Kennedy’s tragic accident on Chappaquiddick Island in the summer of 1969 resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.

The drama’s focus is less on the accident and more on the Senator’s actions after leaving the scene of the crash and failing to report the accident for 10 hours. Yes, Senator Kennedy was a Democrat, but the movie is less about any one party. It’s more about the absence of character and poor judgment. It shows how protecting one’s reputation and minimizing political damage can cloud the importance of doing what’s right.


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