NBCNews.com has a website called “Think” that offers “Hot Takes” – none hotter than radical feminist Jill Filipovic trying to use the Chappaquiddick movie to slime the Republicans. Her headline was “Since Chappaquiddick, Democrats' views of women have evolved. Republicans' still need to. The new movie about the Ted Kennedy's involvement in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne highlights the progress women have made in the Democratic party”. She shamelessly concluded the movie pours shame on Republicans.
It’s not just liberal politics that play a part in cover-ups in scandals. It’s also liberal Hollywood. In 1979, a producer named Glenn Stensel tried to raise $800,000 to make the film, in the same year when Ted Kennedy was in the running for the Democratic nomination for president. It didn't happen.
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Friday gushed over “good guy” Joe Kennedy and his “gorgeous” family. Despite April 6 being the day that the Ted Kennedy film Chappaquiddick debuts, the topic of his great uncle abandoning a drowning woman never came up. Yet the two discussed “ChapStick-gate.”
Traditionally, the news media have demonstrated great interest in movies with social or political themes, but so far Chappaquiddick has been completely ignored by CBS This Morning, while NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America have each featured only a single segment about the film.
The Boston Globe's Ty Burr reviewed Chappaquiddick Tuesday, admonishing readers that the movie "might even be accurate." Burr claims that "I'll never know" what really happened the night Ted Kennedy drove off Chappaquiddick Island's Dike Road bridge and left Mary Jo Kopechne to die in his submerged car, "and neither will you." Besides, he insists, though Ted was "flawed but human," he had "endless accomplishments in the Senate."
Friendly actor interviews on the Today show don’t often include detailing a list of complaints about the film being “fictionalized” and “a disservice.” But those are the attacks that Savannah Guthrie brought up on Thursday as she pressed Jason Clarke, the star of the new Ted Kennedy expose Chappaquiddick.
The Washington Post on Thursday complained about Chappaquiddick, a new film that exposes Ted Kennedy’s appalling actions after a car accident in 1969. The movie, in unflinching terms, shows Kennedy abandoning victim Mary Jo Kopechne to die in an overturned, submerging car.
The producer and CEO behind a new film that bluntly exposes the drowning of Mary Joe Kopechne says “powerful people” tried to stop the Ted Kennedy expose from ever being released. Bryron Allen talked to Variety on Thursday and revealed: “There are some very powerful people who tried to put pressure on me not to release this movie.”
Both in its related tweet and the story's headline, CNN has promoted Sandra Gonzalez's Tuesday column about the movie Chappaquiddick as being about "one of Sen. Ted Kennedy's darkest hours." This begs two questions: "Wasn't Chappaquiddick far worse for Mary Jo Kopechne?" and "Did Ted Kennedy have other darker hours?"
When it was announced that Hollywood was finally making a film showcasing Ted Kennedy’s appalling behavior at Chappaquiddick in 1969, actions that left Mary Jo Kopechne dead, it seemed obvious who liberal journalists would turn the discussion towards: Donald Trump. That’s what The Washington Post did on Wednesday, talking to Chappaquiddick producer Mark Ciardi.
Tuesday evening, in reviewing the upcoming movie Chappaquiddick, longtime film critic Roger Friedman called Mary Jo Kopechne, who died in July 1969 as a passenger in a car driven by Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy which "went into the water and turned upside down," the "First #MeToo victim of Kennedy Family Money, Power and Corruption." He also speculated: "The Kennedys ... may try to kill this film."
"Moses had a temper but he never left a girl at the bottom of the Red Sea." If anybody feared that the upcoming "Chappaquiddick" movie would be a whitewash of Ted Kennedy, the recently released trailer should disabuse them of that notion. Legal Insurrection describes the movie as the "portrait of a weasel." Kate Erbland of IndieWire reviewed it as a Compelling Teddy Kennedy Biopic That Pulls No Punches.