'Daily Show' Mocks Kennedy for Opposition to Wind Farm

Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) earned the scorn of "The Daily Show" on August 7. Show reporter Jason Jones mocked the senator's opposition to a wind farm off Nantucket Sound.

With typical "Daily Show" sarcasm and melodrama Jones remarked:

"It looked bad for the native population, until one man stood up ... Yes. Ted Kennedy – noted man from Nantucket and co-sponsor of dozens of renewable energy bills – took a stand—against the wind farms."

Video can be found at the end of the post.

Jones interviewed "wind-hugger" Barbara Hill, executive director of Clean Power Now who suggested that the Kennedy's oppose the wind farm because of its proximity to the Kennedy compound.

"So you're suggesting the Kennedy's don't want this because it will ruin their view?" Jones asked.

Earlier in the segment, Jones interviewed Audra Parker of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. Parker showed Jones a visual simulation of what the beachfront would look like if the wind farm is built.

As the picture flashed on the screen, Jones responded: "Oh dear God. Look at that. Wait, I'm sorry. Where are the turbines?"

"On the horizon," Parker replied. "They're quite visible."

Video: (0:35): Real or Windows, plus MP3 audio.

Julia A. Seymour
Julia A. Seymour
Julia A. Seymour is the Assistant Managing Editor for the MRC's Business and Media Institute.