I and other bloggers noted a curious statement in a Boston Globe Magazine profile of Ted Kennedy, and now the Boston Globe ombudsman responds to the complaints:
Stories on the Kennedy family are almost certain to bring a response, and the Jan. 5 Globe magazine cover story on the senior senator from Massachusetts was no exception. Reader complaints, and some Weblog chatter, focused on two sentences: ‘‘If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age.’‘
‘‘Has your newspaper yet apologized to both the Kopechne family and the American public for the unimaginable insult of having her comforted by her murderer?’’ demanded reader Brady Westwater.
Ombud note: The point made by writer Charles P. Pierce, while misunderstood or unappreciated by some readers, was brutally ironic: that Kennedy’s work on behalf of the elderly has enhanced benefits for the nation’s senior citizens – and Kopechne would have become one of them.
No, the real irony is that Ted Kennedy claims he’s helping seniors, when he’s really screwing them and everybody else with his liberal policies. The same thing he essentially did to Mary Jo.