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.
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.
And just in case you missed Stephen Colbert’s ode to ground-breaking journalism as practiced by the Athens Banner-Herald:
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider