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Monday, October 11, 2010

Saint Edward

The NY Post ran the following item on Page Six yesterday morning: 

Paper spared Ted Kennedy for Jackie

Teddy Kennedy quashed a National Enquirer story alleging Mary Jo Kopechne was pregnant with his child when she died by giving the weekly a fawning article about Jackie Kennedy Onassis and her kids, a new book claims.

In Paul Pope's "The Deeds of My Fathers," he claims his father, Generoso (Gene) Pope, who turned the Enquirer into the best-selling tabloid in America, spiked a story that reported Kopechne, the pretty young campaign worker, was pregnant in 1969 when she drowned in the Chappaquiddick River in Kennedy's car. Pope writes that his father sent a reporter to DC in 1980 to buy the story from Washington Post gossip columnist Maxine Cheshire and a Women's Wear Daily reporter. The story detailing the alleged coverup included on-the-record sources, with every quote attributed.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy,
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy,

"Once people read it, there'd be no way that Ted Kennedy could ever run for president, maybe not even for dog catcher in Massachusetts," Paul writes. But the story never ran...
So Teddy murdered Mary Jo Kopechne to spare himself the embarrassment of a love child!

On second thought, Teddy wasn't really prone to embarrassment, so let's scrap that theory. Somehow it does make his crime seem worse, though, to think that Kopechne was pregnant with his child. 

What would that child's life have been like? Would the illegitimate Kennedy have been shunned by his cousins? What poetic justice it would have been had that child had grown up to be hard-working and non-substance-abusing, unlike most of his cousins. How much publicity would that child have had growing up?

Probably not much from the NY Times, which hasn't yet run with this story. (What a surprise.)

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