Chappaquiddick: Not About Right or Left, But About Truth!

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Chappaquiddick is not about right or left, but about the honest truth. Truth that some powerful people didn’t want to be released. Is it that hard to imagine?

The Chappaquiddick story about Ted Kennedy and the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, a 28-year-old Capitol Hill staffer is about to be retold again after almost 50 years. The movie ‘Chappaquiddick’ produced by Byron Allen and Entertainment Studios said the movie wasn’t about right or left, but about telling the truth. The truth which some very powerful people pressured Allen not to release, but he did any way.

As Byron Allen, CEO of Entertainment Studios and Executive Producer of ‘Chappaquiddick’ states,

“Unfortunately, there are some very powerful people who tried to put pressure on me not to release this movie. They went out of their way to try and influence me in a negative way. I made it very clear that I’m not about the right, I’m not about the left. I’m about the truth.”

Chappaquiddick is a brutally honest recounting of one of America’s greatest public tragedies that happened on July 18, 1969. The tragedy involved the death of Mary Jo Kopechne in a car owned and driven by Ted Kennedy who was drunk at the wheel.

The undisputed facts are that on July 18, 1969,  Kennedy drove from a party with Mary Jo Kopechne as his passenger, and she died in the vehicle after it was driven into a channel and submerged.

The party had been hosted by Kennedy, and included six single “boiler-room” girls who had served on the presidential campaign of his brother, Robert, who had been murdered a year earlier. All six of the men present were married at the time.

Kennedy was able to escape when the car was submerged, but sadly he didn’t report the incident until 10 HOURS LATER…after the accident occurred. Would Kopechne had survived had Ted Kennedy reported the incident immediately following the accident? Would Kopechne have lived to tell the real story? It’s hard to say. But it was speculated by divers that Kopechne survived several hours, breathing from an air pocket within the car.

Mary Jo Kopechne was a 28-year-old experienced Capitol Hill staffer and presidential campaign aide when she came to Chappaquiddick Island off Martha’s Vineyard in August 1969.  She and other campaign workers, all women affectionately dubbed “the Boiler Room Girls,” had been invited by Senator Kennedy to the island for a reunion.  They had faithfully served his older brother Bobby in his Senate office, and on his presidential campaign before his tragic death the year before.

It possibly was the first time the women had gathered since that fateful night at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, a haunting scene that will forever be fixed in America’s memory.  One moment, Bobby Kennedy is thanking his supporters for his win that night in the California primary with Olympic Decathlon Champion Rafer Johnson and Rosey Grier of the Los Angeles Rams at his side. The next moment, chaos and anarchy as he lays there helpless and dying – and with him the dreams of Ms. Kopechne and countless others.

In the movie, both on the beach during the day and after they leave a party that night, Mary Jo (played by actress Kate Mara) discusses her future with Ted Kennedy (played by actor Jason Clarke), who makes it very clear he wants her to come back to Washington and serve on his staff.  He was the Senate Majority Whip at the time, a leadership position, and thinking seriously about running for president himself in 1972.

It’s an attractive offer, but she demurs. The pain of Bobby’s death is still real and she doesn’t seem ready to plunge back into another run for the White House. Kennedy himself concedes he’s conflicted about running; the tragic deaths of all three of his older brothers, plus his family’s public legacy, weigh heavily on him.

The accident literally turns Ted Kennedy’s life upside down.  Mary Jo Kopechne dies and Ted survives under circumstances still unknown to this day.  His father, Joseph Kennedy, suffering from a stroke, gathers top advisers from President John F. Kennedy’s administration to help Ted through the maelstrom that ensues.

In other words…protect the name, protect the family…whatever it takes, right?

Just like Benghazi, just like Fast and Furious, you name it…Chappaquiddick was no different. Innocent people died. People of power were in control. The media worked to spin the story so people would believe them.

In reality, times and circumstances may change, but some things never do. People with power are still in control, especially when it comes to the media.

Chappaquiddick is not about right or left, but about the truth. Truth which is not the easiest to be heard or told, especially when there is money and power involved. Sounds familiar right?

In case you hadn’t noticed it’s about our motto too!


Resources: The Blaze, The Daily Caller

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