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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 06, 2004

The Media Research Center announces its awards for the worst journalism of 2003. I think the scoring is pretty well done. Below is the pick for Quote of the Year:

"If she had lived, Mary Jo Kopechne would be 62 years old. Through his tireless work as a legislator, Edward Kennedy would have brought comfort to her in her old age."

-- Charles Pierce in a January 5 Boston Globe Magazine article. Kopechne drowned while trapped in Kennedy's submerged car off Chappaquiddick Island in July 1969, an accident Kennedy did not report for several hours.

Name ring a bell? Pierce was the beauty who claimed that "a shrewd and highly organized conservative front" was out to spike the clerical abuse story. Clearly a man of strong loyalties.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 06, 2004 9:26 AM ET USA

    Also, Brent Bozell's work -- his mission, really -- is exceptionally important and should be supported to the extent one can. Bozell's brother is a priest at the Benedictine monastery at Solesmes, France, and a book by his uncle, Wm. F. Buckley, Jr., ("Nearer, My God"), has an inspiring chapter about the "Ordination of Michael Bozell." Over the years, I've visited the abbey St. Pierre several times, emerging from each with renewed faith and hope. www.solesmes.com

  • Posted by: - Jan. 06, 2004 5:24 AM ET USA

    Had she lived, MJK would still be suffering the consequences of having -- in a true moment of youthful indiscretion -- becoming involved with an unrepentant philander, appalled by Sen Kennedy's subsequent indiscretions, and perhaps may have prayed every day for her lapse in judgment. In this life, we will never know the answer, alas. Most galling of all to her, I feel certain, would have been that Kennedy has done more to destroy our moral instituions than just about anyone in public life.

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