Your morning jolt: Andy Young finds wiretap from the old days

Last night’s ABC special on recently released interviews with former First Lady Jackie Kennedy sent many local outlets to the Atlanta home of former mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young.

In a 15-minute interview with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer, Young addressed the young widow’s characterization of Martin Luther King Jr. as a “terrible” man – and rumors spread by the slain president’s brother, Robert Kennedy, that the civil rights leader had joked about JFK during the president’s funeral.

Young declared the latter to be “a blatant lie:”

”Stop and reason a minute. The four little girls had been killed in a church bombing in Birmingham just a couple of months before. That was probably the biggest emotional blow we’d had in the movement.

Then before [King] recovers from that, the president’s assassinated. All I can remember him saying was, ‘If they can’t protect the president, you know our days are numbered.’ It was as though it was his assassination and not the president’s. It would take an awfully callous and inhumane person to make jokes in a situation like that. I mean, that had to be a lie.”

Young said he met Jackie Kennedy several years later. “She never had anything bad to say about Dr. King,” he said. “I would hope by the time I talked to her, which was 1977-78, she would have understood a lot better some of the games the FBI was playing.”

Speaking of FBI games. Young added this in an interview with Fox5’s Aungelique Proctor:

Young says he discovered an illegal line at his southwest Atlanta home just this year.

The former mayor and ambassador says a telephone technician found a fifth line in his home that Young knew nothing about.

He says the technician traced the line to a house down the street.

Young and his family initially moved in the house back in 1966.

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Herman Cain has run into some trouble in Iowa over the role of a gay campaign aide. But the GOP presidential campaign of Newt Gingrich is showing some signs of life. The Des Moines Register reports that the former Georgia congressman will return to Iowa next week after a month’s absence.

And The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C., has this:

Allen Olson, chairman of the Columbia Tea Party, said Tuesday he will resign his post in order to endorse former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in his bid for the White House.

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And just in case you missed Stephen Colbert’s ode to ground-breaking journalism as practiced by the Athens Banner-Herald:

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108 comments Add your comment

GaBlue

September 14th, 2011
11:16 am

Lord have mercy.

crabby

September 14th, 2011
11:26 am

Am I missing something? Why would you have to resign your post as chairman of the Columbia Tea Party in order to endorse former Speaker Gingrich for President? Seems to me that it would confirm your dilusional existence. Sorry Mr. Olson, the women of this country are not going to reward Mrs. Gingrich for sleeping with another woman’s husband.

left/right? i care

September 14th, 2011
11:34 am

@ga blue—ditto

Bootnewt

September 14th, 2011
11:34 am

Lingering Newt tewt is silently filling the GOP.

Mr. KnowitAll

September 14th, 2011
11:35 am

Regards the fishing story……Please….don’t waste the electrons it takes to send this over the internet–much less my time.
I have my share of humor—but….please….

steve

September 14th, 2011
11:38 am

How do we know this was (a) a wiretap and (b) an “illegal wiretap”? There could be a warrant in storage somewhere signed by a judge… just saying.

kaycee

September 14th, 2011
11:42 am

Now THAT was funny.

Guy Incognito

September 14th, 2011
11:44 am

Oh yeah, Andrew, the Big Bad FBI made King cheat on his wife with all those women

Susy

September 14th, 2011
11:45 am

perhaps it was just an old phone line, the house is an old home. Perhaps the former owners had another line that was not used? Why would anyone care what Andrew Young has to say these days?

What difference does it make what Jackie said during her private moments about anyone? Personal opinion cannot be legislated….thank goodness. Didn’t history prove that MLK had many girlfriends? perhaps she thought that made him a terrible man. When I discovered my ex had a girlfriend, I thought he was pretty terrible!

phoneguy

September 14th, 2011
11:46 am

The only way a tech could find out that this fifth line was connected to another house would have been to a) suspect it went somewhere and b) go check every nearby house until you found it. I can’t believe that someone went through all the neighbors’ yards to find out if a line was connected to Mr. Young’s house. I have the utmost respect for Mr. Young and believe he has done many great things over the years, but I think his phone tech was just giving him some bs.

SAWB

September 14th, 2011
11:47 am

I thought that Robert Kennedy heard the tapes first hand and verified the things that Dr. King apparently said. Obviously we all know the FBI was out to get King, but if RFK heard him personally how can these things be dismissed?

Jeff

September 14th, 2011
11:50 am

Funny how when any “conservative” called him a terrible man, they’re racists bigots. But when Jackie calls him that, she misjudged. Next time you wonder why you have zero credibility, this is why.

resno2

September 14th, 2011
11:55 am

IF there was a 5th, and unknown, phone line that was actually was routed to another home down the street, why was there no mention of who actually owned the other home? Or would that information make the story unsensational?

tim

September 14th, 2011
11:57 am

Well, I guess someone is a liar. Maybe we should rename Andy Young Blvd as Jackie Kennedy Lane.

BOYWONDER

September 14th, 2011
11:57 am

The reason it was illegal is because “Aungelique” Proctor said so.
(Yak)
She is a first rate news hack.
No, I take that back.
She is not even a good news hack.

Just an average hack.

Bob from Accounttemps

September 14th, 2011
11:58 am

The report on Jackie O and the Young interview is incomplete. Her statements were apparently based on (mis)information provided by J. Edgar Hoover who apparently despised MLK. The implication was that J. Edgar fed misinformation to the President and RFK. It is to this alleged misinformation that Jackie O was responding. I of course can’t say this is all true, but having heard the Young interview in its entirety and also having watched the ABC show last night, this is what is being said.

resno2

September 14th, 2011
11:59 am

since i wasn’t there, and have no idea what was actually said about the mystery phone line, I’m calling someone a blatant liar

Beth Fitzpatrick

September 14th, 2011
12:06 pm

People, get real, of course andrew young has to create some type of BS, to quell the truth about MLK and all of his misbehavior. Give me a break!!!!

tresa robinson

September 14th, 2011
12:09 pm

I can’t believe all of these comments dismissing the facts that the FBI had so much do do with the demise of King, and that during those days, they were out to get anyone involved with him. I agree with Young that Jackie O was just unaware of the games that the FBI were playing. And can someone please tell me what cheating on your wife has to do with lines found in Andrew Young’s home…omg!!!

Brock

September 14th, 2011
12:14 pm

Maybe Jackie O had good reason to think MLK was a terrible person,at the time.. We know MLK cheated on his wife via the FBI recordings, and she may have been alluding to that. Who really knows? Media will not dig very deep on this, I suspect.

SpaceyG on Twitter

September 14th, 2011
12:14 pm

Oh fer chrissake. Jackie Kennedy was under insane amounts of distress at the time. She’d have believed anything anyone, even J. Edgar Hoover in a ball gown, would have told her. Remember, her next brush with greatness was to go marry Onassis and wear some nice designer sunglasses around town. Oh, and go ride some horses in VA when the stress of shopping, looking the other way, and *editing* stuff got just way out of hand.

Big Daddy

September 14th, 2011
12:16 pm

Young is a deluded pimp. Either that or an abject liar. What King said, that he was bugged saying it, and that it was played for RFK has been reported with great specificity. Does Andy also dispute the allegation that King was a serial adulterer?

RHjack

September 14th, 2011
12:17 pm

Andy also called the Ayatollah Khomeni, “A saint.” Bad judge of character, Andy. WAIT, that’s a lie too! You wouldn’t call a bloodthirsty megalomanic a saint, would you? Fact is Andy, my man, you have a big fat mouth and yes, you’d say any damn thing to focus attention on yourself in a crowd.

LOL!

September 14th, 2011
12:18 pm

She just wanted to DO The King! LOL! She a freak!

Limey

September 14th, 2011
12:19 pm

MLK is unassailable; don’t even suggest that he is anything less than supernatural.

Peach

September 14th, 2011
12:19 pm

From what I understand Jackie heard the FBI tapes herself.
” She said she had heard FBI tapes of Martin Luther King Jr. mocking her husband’s funeral. “I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible,” she said.”
This was from the AP article.

Dr. Bombay

September 14th, 2011
12:21 pm

MLK was a phony. I’ve known it for a long time. It’s just his sleazy apologists to try to blame it all on the dead Hoover.

Jack Sprat

September 14th, 2011
12:21 pm

Once again Andrew Young proves that senility is an equal opportunity disability. As for Jackie Kennedy she was just expressing her true feelings about MLK, after all she wasn’t exactly raised in the hood among a diverse mixture of races and ethnicities. Everyone needs to quit trying to make her into a saint, she was just a spoiled rich girl who happened to marry an up and comer politician.

Dr. Bombay

September 14th, 2011
12:22 pm

Should be “It’s just like his sleazy apologists to try to blame it all on the dead Hoover.”

poof!!!

September 14th, 2011
12:22 pm

On the Tom Joyner Morning Show Andy Young said that Pres. Kennedy spoke to King in the Rose Garden and told him about J. Edgar Hoover bugging them both. He would not go to his office in the White House because he knew it was bugged. Hoover was trying to get dirt on everyone.

joe

September 14th, 2011
12:24 pm

That Colbert report on Athens, makes their residents sound like backwoods deliverance hacks…guess he nailed that one!

Chess

September 14th, 2011
12:25 pm

Caroline must really needed some cash to ok these tapes released.

GaBlue

September 14th, 2011
12:26 pm

Sometimes I think my fellow human beings are truly disgusting. Then I come here and read the comments, and I’m truly saddened to learn I’m not wrong. Yuck.

Big Daddy

September 14th, 2011
12:28 pm

“King recalled tv coverage of the late president’s funeral, during which his widow leaned over and kissed the middle of his casket. “That’s what she’s going to miss the most,” he cracked.” J. EDGAR HOOVER: THE MAN AND HIS SECRETS, Curt Gentry, p. 570.

Georgiavet

September 14th, 2011
12:32 pm

For Jim Galloway only – not for publication.
Andy’s talking about JFK, Jr. being misunderstood reminded me of the time he talked to a group of black publishers and used the term SAWB, that Hosea had initiated. A couple days later a guy sidled up to me and asked ‘Do you know what Andy Young said before the mike was turned on? He said “I didn’t know there were this many N—– who could even read”‘
I busted out laughing at that picture and, after I got him calmed down, told him there was no way in Hades Andy Young would make that exact statement and not to pass it on. Wouldn’t that have been a problem if it had gone public?.

Would you think...?

September 14th, 2011
12:36 pm

Would you think that maybe those who condemn Newt’s wife for sleeping with another woman’s husband thus disqualifying him for the presidency have either been cheated on or have cheated themselves? Of course, such cheating was terribly wrong for the Gingrich’s, but not so condemning for John, Bobby, Ted and Martin. All these men had well known cheating situations. They all had women other than their wives and the other women had these men. But, John, Bobby, Ted and Martin and their “other” women are excused and never disqualified for any leadership position.. Guess it all depends on who is cheating and who is doing the condemning.

Brock

September 14th, 2011
12:37 pm

They put that monsterous carving of MLK in Washington for a reason. They know it’s hard to argue with an ICON of that stature. Same with the Lincoln memorial………………They are so large and dominating……….how dare anyone question their motives???

James Williams

September 14th, 2011
12:41 pm

Susy,

Was Dr. King Ms. Kennedy’s ex? Did she say that Marlin Monroe was a terrible person?

Ron Burgundy

September 14th, 2011
12:43 pm

Jackie and MLK are both garbage who is protected by the people that idolize them.

Dr. Bombay

September 14th, 2011
12:45 pm

“But, John, Bobby, Ted and Martin and their “other” women are excused and never disqualified for any leadership position.. ”

King was portraying himself as a “man of God.” King was also a frequent user of (white) prostitutes.

Robert Barron

September 14th, 2011
12:48 pm

JFK was warned by then Ambassador to India John Kenneth Galbraith to avoid getting dragged into the Vietnam’s fight for independence (Barbara Tuchman). He made all the bad decisions such as more troops to defend the base and increasing the number of advisers that made getting out nearly impossible for Johnso(Gen Palmer Jr). The assassination of Diem also happened on JFK’s watch as Roger Hillsman Jr. gave the OK while everyone was on vacation (McNamara). JFK lacked the guts to fire him and overrule the rouge cable to S Vietnam’s generals. What a poorly run White House.
An extremely important decision gets made – not in a cabinet meeting – but from numerous vacation sites.
But Jackie and JFK were worried about LBJ.
She should have been worried about her way over his head husband (me).

Baker

September 14th, 2011
12:48 pm

Wow, that video was pretty awesome. 1) Chris Toole is hilarious, but a poor human. 2) Bobby Kirk is also hilarious, and is simultanesously crazy and brilliant.

That woman works at a bait shop, of course she’s gonna say that. Of course it can be too hot to fish. That’s news? People need to get out more (or not get out as it were). Sitting on a lake when it’s a billion degrees is not awesome. That’s when you jump in. Then you’re swimming, not fishing. Too hot to fish.

Kudos to Colbert for calling out the occassional hacks at the NYT.

crabby

September 14th, 2011
12:48 pm

Would you think @ 12:36 pm:
You missed the point. In the early 60’s there was a different media and these things were not reported on. Secondly, if JFK, RFK, and MLK were running for president with their former mistresses in tow, the women of this country wouldn’t vote for them either.

Brock

September 14th, 2011
12:49 pm

Media doesn’t want the truth on MLK…………………They will tell us what we “need to know” LOL

pb

September 14th, 2011
12:49 pm

Of course, Andy Young is going to try to protect King’s image. He probably knows a lot of unflattering stuff about MLK that he would rather not divulge. Hoover did have an obsession with destroying King, but that does not prove he was a liar. And does it all really matter? Almost everyone involved is dead now.(And this is all really just gossipy stuff, rather disgusting.)

Ron Burgundy

September 14th, 2011
12:50 pm

Both JFK and MLK are idolized by libtards and blacks. I mean both were scumbags but no one can call them that since they are almost dieties amongst their idolizers.

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crabby

September 14th, 2011
12:54 pm

phoneguy @ 11:46 am:
You can indeed find where another phone line goes without “going through all the neighbor’s yards”. But I think you already knew that.

Observer

September 14th, 2011
12:55 pm

I saw a historian on the news last night who was also talking about Jackie’s dislike of MLK. He never mentioned anything about a joke at Kennedy’s funeral though. His opinion was that Bobby Kennedy had confided to Jackie that in addition to having numerous mistresses MLK also had prostitutes come to visit him at hotels. That was apparently what disgusted her the most about MLK. The mistresses are regarded as a historical fact about MLK is what the historian said. MLK accomplished some great things but the reality is that as a pastor and husband he failed miserably with his numerous adulterous affairs.

American in Paris

September 14th, 2011
12:55 pm

For shame…
Everyone is defamed, lied upon, protected, exposed, and banging a stranger.
Great Men, little men-wanting greatness, sad Widow on medication, Hoover in a designer dress.
Yes…GaBlue we are disgusting.

crabby

September 14th, 2011
12:57 pm

Ron Burgundy @ 12:50 pm:
Try reading up on Gen. Eisenhower and Strom Thurmond.