CNN, which if I recall correctly severed formal ties with the Associated Press some time ago, quoted former congressman Joseph Kennedy II's reaction to the death of Venezuela's authoritarian leader Hugo Chavez as follows: "President Chavez cared deeply about the poor of Venezuela and other nations around the world and their abject lack of even basic necessities, while some of the wealthiest people on our planet have more money than they can ever reasonably expect to spend" ... There are close to 2 million people in the United States who received free heating assistance, thanks to President Chavez's leadership. Our prayers go out to President Chavez's family, the people of Venezuela, and all who were warmed by his generosity."
Here is how Christine Armario at the AP, with the help of Steve LeBlanc in Boston, sanitized Kennedy's remarks:
“While offering condolences to the Kennedy family at this sad moment, it is important to note that his life was not as simple, nor heroic, as is now being portrayed,” Howie Carr maintained in scolding the media in his Thursday Boston Herald column. He cited what “was invariably described as Ted Kennedy’s 'collegial' Senate -- where voices were seldom raised, and partisan bickering ended when the gavel came down to end the session.” Carr zinged: “All of which would have come as a surprise to Robert Bork.”
Carr, the afternoon talk host on WRKO, contended Kennedy “was always protected by most of the media, who shared his views on just about everything.” Carr's latest example: “The [Boston] Globe reported that Kennedy was extremely concerned that the people of Massachusetts would have no representation in the Senate for five months until the special election. The fact that he had already missed 97 percent of the Senate roll-call votes in 2009 was not noted until the next day -- in a different newspaper.”
Carr safely predicted: “The hagiography will continue throughout the weekend. We all agree that Ted Kennedy should rest in peace. But let's not forget that there was more, much more, to his 'legacy' than is being reported on MSNBC.”
How do you turn a hearwarming tale into just another excuse to call conservatives heartless, mean ol' hatemongers? Just ask Jessica Heslam from the Boston Herald who, right in the first sentence of her story, decided it would be fun to take a slap shot at a conservative that helped save a woman's life, this week.
Boston's conservative radio host, Howie Carr, helped a women decide against committing suicide on his morning radio show on Thursday when she called in distraught about her dire economic situation. Appealing to her concern for her own family, Carr convinced the woman not to kill herself by telling her the story of his own grandfather's suicide that Carr said his family never got over.