Portfolio Editor, HuffPo Contributor Matt Cooper Compares Kennedy Death to 9/11

<p><a href="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/08/mattizcoop.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/08/mattizcoop.jpg" width="191" align="right" height="219" /></a>&quot;It feels a bit like 9/11 on Martha's Vineyard. End-of-summer weather is achingly beautiful but the mood is melancholy because of Teddy.&quot; [click image at right to see larger image of screen capture]</p><p>Thus wrote Matt Cooper, editor of Conde Nast Portfolio <a href="http://twitter.com/mattizcoop" target="_blank">on his Twitter page</a> a few hours ago. The former Time magazine White House correspondent, who also writes for Huffington Post, walked back his statement a bit later after some criticism from other Twitter users:</p><blockquote><p>Didn't mean to equate Teddy's death with the murders of 9/11. Only meant small similarity: beautiful weather, tragic feel. HT @<a href="http://twitter.com/thetonylee">thetonylee</a> </p></blockquote><p>Cooper followed that with two other tweets to JP Freire of the Washington Examiner and Greg Mitchell of Editor &amp; Publisher magazine, respectively:</p><blockquote><!--break--><p><span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content">@<a href="http://twitter.com/JPFreire">JPFreire</a> You're right. I put it poorly and didn't mean to equate 3000 murders with one expected death.</span></span></p><p><span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content">@<a href="http://twitter.com/GregMitch">GregMitch</a> Said it clumsily. Didn't mean to equate one death with 3000 murders, only the contrast with late summer weather and sadness.</span></span></p></blockquote><p>Speaking of Twitter, be sure to follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/NewsBusters" target="_blank">NewsBusters</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/TheMRC" target="_blank">The MRC</a> on Twitter. You can also follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/KenShepherd" target="_blank">yours truly here</a>. </p>

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