Here’s a clip from yesterday’s episode of ‘The Michael Coren Show’ via SDAMatt2. If you haven’t already subscribed, I recommend doing so as ‘Mississauga Matt’ has a variety of videos of this nature, not just clips of this show. This clip is actually about two stories, both of which I will address later.
The first story refers to a column put out by The National Post’s Tasha Kheiriddin concerning a column written by Robert Francis Kennedy Jr. about Fox News and Canada’s political environment. Kennedy’s column is here, and suffice to say, it isn’t coherent, let alone well researched. It is simply a collection of rhetoric, misinformation and outright lies, typical fare for a Huffington Post columns. I have serious trouble taking this man seriously, especially considering his lengthy history with substance abuse and his support of radical environmental policies. I could go on to discuss all that is wrong with this column, but Tasha, who I’m not particularly a fan of (she’s too much like David Frum), already did an excellent job.
After Michael Coren set’s up the panel discussion, Laura Babcock begins it by demonstrating her ignorance and political bias. Fox News is problematic to the dialogue? This is typical liberal speak. The problem is that Fox News doesn’t echo her point of her and thus mustn’t be allowed to be part of the dialogue on any issue. Don’t we always hear from the left that more dialogue is better than less? She then goes to compare Fox News with Al Jazeera, a network that is, at the least, strongly connected to the Muslim Brotherhood. Last time I checked, neither Rupport Murdock nor Roger Ailes are connected with any terrorist organization. Also, unlike Al Jazeera which has a consistent anti-American/anti-Israel slant to its stories, Fox News does a far better job than most other news networks at providing balanced coverage. Even on their opinion shows like Bill O’Reilly’s ‘The Factor’, you hear from both sides of the political aisle. Laura should have taken her own advice on this and not commented on a news network that she has previously admitted she doesn’t watch.
Aside from tearing into Laura for her bias and ignorance, I would also like to point out something Michael Coren said. The reason why Al Jazeera has such “good” coverage of events in the Middle East is because they get their information from those carrying out terrorist attacks. Does this mean that we should ignore the network’s “news” reports? Of course not. At the very least, it provides us with a look into the minds of terrorists and their supporters. It is important, however, to understand that Al Jazeera is a support of Islamic extremism and that anything they report should be subjected to the harshest scrutiny.
The second story deals with the release previously redacted material from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) file of the late Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy. Judicial Watch broke this story, highlighting points of interest from the FBI files, with only one of them being discussed by the panel. Besides not discussion the whole story, which may or may not have been accidental, what irritated my about this discussion was that, knowing how misogynistic Ted was, something highlighted by his disgraceful, if not murderous actions at Chappaquiddick, July 18, 1969, which resulted in the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, Laura still defends him, blaming his behaviour on Joseph Patrick Kennedy Sr., the late Senator’s father. “Sins of the son”? Last time I checked Laura, it wasn’t Joe that left Mary Jo to suffocate in that submerged car, it was Ted. This act alone outweighs most, if not any sin committed by Ted’s father. Twit…
Aside from the Ted’s sexual escapades at a brothel in Santiago, Judicial Watch points to another disturbing trend. During these visits to Latin America, Ted insisted on talking with the “the angry young men” of the country, specifically the communists and others who held similar left-wing views. While in Bogota, Ted demanded to meet with Lauchlin Currie,the Canadian-born economist and former economic adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt who was suspected of being a Soviet spy. While in Mexico, Kennedy demanded that Ambassador Mann invite various left-wing radicals to the Embassy residence so he could conduct interviews. Mann strongly opposed this, stating that if Ted wanted to interview these people, he would have to make the arrangements himself.
As Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey stated in his post on Judicial Watch’s findings, taking into consideration the “Yuri Andropov incident” in 1983, this shows Ted Kennedy to be, at worst, “a malicious political opportunist willing to sell out anything for his own personal ambitions.” I would go further, stating that, when one considers his support for Irish Republican Army (IRA), a Irish nationalist terrorist group founded in 1916, it is easy to see that the late Senator wasn’t simply a malicious political opportunist, but a far-left ideologue who was dedicated to forwarding a variety of radical fringe causes. Instead of discussion his sexually deviant behaviour, the panel could have discussed these findings. It would have been interesting to hear Coren’s and David Menzies’ opinion of this issue.
In the end, the true Kennedy legacy is far darker than the ‘Camelot’ fiction the media clings to. While dedicated leftists like Laura Babcock will continue to defend the media fiction, their efforts can’t prevent the information on the sins of the “American Royal Family” from getting out. It will take time, but history won’t remember the Kennedys for there “political accomplishments.” Pathetic…
UPDATE: Forgot to add this to the original post, so I will put it in as an update. Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s blog also posted on this, but with a focus on the millions of taxpayer dollars being spent on the Edward Moore Kennedy Institute, a “shrine” built to honour the disgraced late Senator. In my opinion, the Kennedy family and their supporters should pay for this institute. If they want to honour Ted’s memory, as well as ignore his countless shortcomings, they should foot the bill.
This waste of taxpayer money of Ted Kennedy’s behalf should surprise anyone, especially when you that the man himself, as Powers put it, “spent his political life handing out somebody else’s money and taking personal credit for the philanthropy”? Pathetic…