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Happy 50th First Moon Landing Day

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Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin, the first men to land on the moon, plant the U.S. flag on the lunar surface, July 20, 1969. Photo was made by a 16mm movie camera inside the lunar module, shooting at one frame per second. (Nasa via AP)

Remembering Tranquility Base.

It’s been 48 years since we heard those famous words announcing that humans had finally reached another world:

Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. It was only a little over eight years after the flights of Gagarin and Shepard, followed quickly by President Kennedy’s challenge to put a man on the moon before the decade is out:

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.

After a three-day journey to the moon and a day in lunar orbit Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin climbed into the lunar module Eagle and began the descent to the moon’s surface. Michael Collins continued to orbit the moon in the command module Columbia.

Collins later wrote that Eagle is “the weirdest looking contraption I have ever seen in the sky.”

When it was time to set Eagle down in the Sea of Tranquility, Armstrong was forced to improvise, manually piloting the ship past an area littered with boulders. During the final seconds of descent, Eagle’s overloaded computer was sounding alarms.

The Apollo 11 computers had less processing power than a modern cell phone. Both the lunar module and the command module were guided by an Apollo Guidance Computer, which had only 32KB of fixed memory (aka ROM) and 4KB erasable memory (aka RAM)

When the lunar module landed at 4:18 p.m. EDT, only 30 seconds of fuel remained. Armstrong radioed “Houston,

At 10:56 p.m. EDT Armstrong is ready to take his small step. With more than half a billion people watching on television, he climbed down the ladder and proclaimed:

That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.

Aldrin joined him shortly, and gave a powerful description of the lunar surface:

Magnificent desolation.

Armstrong and Aldrin explored the surface for two and a half hours, collecting samples and taking photographs.

They left behind an American flag, a patch honoring the fallen Apollo 1 crew, and a plaque on one of Eagle’s legs. It reads:

Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.

Armstrong and Aldrin blasted off and docked with Collins in Columbia.

Over the next three and a half years, 10 more American astronauts also explored the moon. Gene Cernan, commander of the last Apollo mission left with these words:

We leave as we came and, God willing, as we shall return, with peace, and hope for all mankind.

The following video showshows the launch of Apolo 11, Armstrong’s first steps on the moon, activities at Tranquility Base, and the crews return to Earth.

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AOC Has Found Another Thing to Nonsensically Blame on the “Climate Crisis”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has found something else to blame on the supposed “climate crisis.”

A few weeks ago she let us all know that heavy rain in a city built on a swamp was absolute proof of catastrophic global warming. She posted a picture of a few inches of water and called it “unprecedented flooding,” even though Washington D.C. has had actual major floods several times throughout it’s relatively short history.

Then there was the explosion at an oil refinery, which despite not being a weather event at all (nor being caused by one), was somehow the fault of climate change.

Weird how everything just so happens to reinforce her political narrative and now she’s back with another hot take.

You see, it rained in New York City and that was obviously caused by global warming.

Did it rain a lot? No, not really. There was no record rainfall or a weeks worth of severe storms. It just…rained, something it’s presumably been doing there for millions of years. In reality, New York City’s subway system is a dumpster fire of mismanagement. The city’s communist Mayor, Bill de Blasio, has run it into the ground with stupid financial decisions and misuse of funds. You see, they’ve got money to pay for illegal alien’s healthcare, but they can’t keep the trains running on time or the sewage systems from backing up. The flooding in this case wasn’t because of a massive downpour. It was because the infrastructure is falling apart. If a pipe bursts in your house, that’s not the fault of climate change.

On a broader note, I’m confused. What happened to climate change leading to massive desertification and droughts? Now, the alarmists want to complain about rain and flooding, as if those are new phenomenons on the earth? Wouldn’t those be good things?

But making sense isn’t a tenant of the climate religion.

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Justin Trudeau Weighs In On Trump Comments As Predictably As Possible

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, talks to U.S. President Donald Trump, right, prior to a working session at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. The leaders of the group of 20 meet July 7 and 8. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Whenever President Trump lights the internet on fire isn’t your first thought, “What does Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau think?”?

Well, fear not. Trudeau has finally weighed in on the “Send her back” controversy.

“The comments made were hurtful, wrong and completely unacceptable. And I want everyone in Canada to know that those comments are completely unacceptable and should not be allowed or encouraged in Canada.”

Trudeau didn’t mention the sexual harassment allegations against him. He also didn’t mention the gigantic scandal currently tainting his administration, an unseemly affair involving bribery, sexism and the shocking resignation of his Indigenous attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould after she refused to cover up his illegal dealings with bad actor nations.

Below is video of the comments that are most likely absolutely meaningless to the President of the United States.

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Shortly After News of Iran’s Capture Of Two British Oil Tankers Broke, Here’s What Reporters Asked Trump

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On his Friday night program, Sean Hannity played a clip of President Trump speaking to reporters earlier in the day. The news that Iran had seized two British oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz had just broken. A pretty significant story, wouldn’t you say?

Except that the media’s best and brightest had other more important issues on their minds.

Here is what they chose to ask the President.

1. “How would you feel if someone asked the First Lady to go back to her country? And what has she said to you about the chants, the tweets? About this entire episode?”

2. “Do you think, Mr President, that this political feud that you’re having with Congresswoman Omar and the rest of those Democrats that you mentioned is a good thing politically for you or do you think it turns people off?”

3. “Do you see not agreeing with you as the same thing as hating the country, sir?”

4. “Are you in favor of banning plastic straws?”

Hannity’s guests included Radio Host Sebastian Gorka and Washington Times columnist Charles Hurt.

Hannity said, “I’m just thinking maybe the Iranians seizing tankers on top of their previous hostilities and saber rattling might have taken precedence for just a second. No.”

Gorka said, “There’s a reason why you and Fox crush it…Yogi Bear reruns and HGTV are all more popular than Anderson Cooper 360. That’s why the fake news label stuck so well, because it is a fake news industry. God bless the President when he says they are the enemy of the people…In the Cold War, there was Pravda. This is Pravda!

“I don’t think they get their credibility back ever,” Hannity added, turning it over to Hurt:

I think you’re exactly right and we’ve always know that the so-called mainstream media leans a little left and they’re not so mainstream anymore by the way. They’re increasingly in the ghetto of the crazy left, over the cliff now. We’ve always known that they’d leaned to the left but what we’ve seen over the past two and a half years with this Russia coverage has been the most appalling thing I’ve ever witnessed. And I’ve worked for newspapers for 25 years and I’ve always understood that they were sort of left leaning, but what we have seen, the dishonesty, and the willingness to shrug off all pretenses of trying to cover somebody fairly in order to persecute a guy has been astonishing and I’ve lost so much respect for so many people that I once regarded.

The current headline on MSNBC’s website is:

Republicans Are Finally Panicking

and the lede:

“The president is capping a week of racist rhetoric by claiming he disagreed with the send her back chants that marked a portion of his rally in North Carolina. The panel discusses Trump’s remarks, GOP attempts to separate the party from the message.”

Enough said.

(Relevant segment begins at 30:15)

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Congress Has Decided It’s Waited Long Enough For Nellie Ohr To Voluntarily Share Her Oppo Research On Trump

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When Nellie Ohr, who worked for Fusion GPS and was married to DOJ backchannel official Bruce Ohr, testified before Congress in December 2018, she indicated she had conducted opposition research on President Donald Trump and his family.

She also said she’d be willing to share that research with Congress. Six months later, Congress is still waiting. And they’ve decided to stop waiting and get to work obtaining those records themselves. What that means in practice — i.e. if it requires a subpoena — is unclear.

From Fox’s Catherine Herridge:

Ohr has long been of interest to those looking into the genesis of the FBI’s probe into Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. She worked for the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which was behind the infamous, Democratic-funded dossier of salacious claims about Trump. She is also married to Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official whose connection to Fusion GPS led to his eventual demotion.

“Do you still possess the research that you performed?” a Republican investigator asked her during the interview.

“Yes,” she responded.

“Would you be willing to share that with the committee?”

“I guess so,” Nellie Ohr said.

Ohr’s research, by her own admission, was to determine if members of the Trump family “were involved in dealings and transactions with people who had suspicious pasts, or suspicious types of dealings.”

It’s unclear whether her research ended up in Christopher Steele’s now-infamous dossier. Ohr began her research prior to Steele’s employment with Fusion.

What is clear, however, is that Congressional investigators seem to think her research has more to tell them about the Russia probe and they mean to examine it by whatever means they have at their disposal.

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Will The UK Go Wobbly? Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt Sounds Like A Modern-Day Neville Chamberlain

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Iran’s naval forces captured two British oil tankers for alleged “marine violations” on Friday in the Strait of Hormuz. One vessel, the Mesdar, has been released and the other, the Stena Impero, remains in Iranian custody. There are 23 crew members on board whom are said to be of Indian, Russian, Latvian and Filipino descent.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the press that “no British citizens were understood to be on board either vessel.”

Hunt said the Stena Impero had been surrounded by “four vessels and a helicopter.” He added that the Mesdar, the vessel which had been released, “had been surrounded by ten speedboats.”

He told the press, “Our ambassador in Tehran is in contact with the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve the situation and we are working closely with international partners.”

A government spokeswoman told the BBC that, “We have advised UK shipping to stay out of the area for an interim period.”

In a statement, Hunt said:

This is completely unacceptable. Freedom of navigation must be maintained. We are having an emergency meeting of the government’s Cobra Committee in a few minutes. We will respond in a way that is considered robust and we are absolutely clear that if this situation is not resolved quickly, there will be serious consequences.

We’re not looking at military options. We are looking at a diplomatic way to solve the situation, but we are very clear that it must be resolved. Freedom of navigation in the Gulf is absolutely essential. If that freedom of navigation is restricted, Iran is the biggest loser and so, it is in their interest to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. We will do everything we can to do that but as I say, there will be serious consequences if we’re not able to resolve it quickly.

His remarks sound rather toothless to me. He’s telling Iran right off the bat that a military option is off the table and that they plan to do nothing more than send another strongly worded statement condemning Iran’s aggression. Why would he say that publicly? Hunt sounds like a modern-day Neville Chamberlain.

I am certainly not advocating that the U.K. declare war on Iran. However, a strike or two on their naval targets to reduce the frequency of these incidents would be nice.

Shortly after Iran shot down a U.S. drone last month, several international shipping associations issued  recommendations against the use of armed security on board ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz. Concerned about unintended consequences, these organizations worried that an incident between a ship’s hired mercenaries and Iranian forces could touch off World War III.

I understand their logic, however, it would render all ships passing through the Gulf region defenseless against Iranian aggression.

It isn’t a coincidence that the Iranians backed away from a British tanker when they were confronted by a British warship earlier this week.

Several days ago, a report from Reuters London said that shipping companies had been hiring unarmed security guards “as an extra safeguard” to travel onboard ships passing through the region.

As an extra safeguard? Why bother? What good will unarmed security guards do when a ship is surrounded by ten weaponized Iranian speedboats?

Iran’s state news agency, Tasnim, reported early Saturday that the Stena Impero had been seized because it had struck an Iranian fishing vessel which is dubious. The newspaper quoted the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran:

We received some reports on the British oil tanker, Stena Impero, causing problems. We asked the military forces to guide this tanker towards Bandar Abbas port to have the required investigations carried out. The tanker was seized for breaking three regulations: shutting down its GPS; going through the exit of the Strait of Hormuz rather than the entrance; and ignoring warnings.

More likely, it is a response to Britain’s participation in the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker, the (Panama-flagged) Grace, off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4th. Britain said that if Iran could prove the Grace was not destined for Syria, which would be a violation of European Union sanctions, they would release it.

On Friday, however, a Gibraltar court extended the detention of the Grace by 30 days.

Iran’s Fars news agency reported that a spokesman for Iran’s Guardian Council, Abbas Ali Kadkhodaei, said, “the rule of reciprocal action is well-known in international law.” He added that they had acted on Thursday to “confront the illegitimate economic war and seizure of oil tankers is an instance of this rule and is based on international rights.”

Tensions in the region have been rising since Trump’s May 2018 decision to withdraw from Obama’s 2015 Iranian nuclear deal. The restoration of economic sanctions against Iran have crippled their economy. Trump’s further tightening of sanctions over a month ago dialed up the pressure even more.

Although Iranian officials deny it, U.S. intelligence believes the country destroyed two oil tankers last month, one Japanese and the other Dutch. Shortly afterward, Iran shot down a U.S. drone.

It was announced on Friday night that the US would send 500 troops as well as aircraft and air defense missiles to Saudi Arabia. According to the Washington Post:

The move has been in the works for many weeks and is not a response to Friday’s seizure by Iran of a British tanker.

King Salman approved hosting U.S. armed forces in the kingdom “to increase joint cooperation in defense and regional security and stability,” a statement in the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

The U.S. has asked Mideast allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in past weeks to contribute financially and militarily to a Trump administration proposal called the Sentinel Program — a coalition of nations working with the U.S. to preserve maritime security in the Persian Gulf and keep eyes on Iran.

Certainly, leaders don’t want to telegraph their responses, but I think that a military strike on Iran’s naval facilities is called for. It will capture their attention. Iranians understand force.

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Miss Michigan Stripped of Her Crown, Accused of “Islamophobia”

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Our ridiculous woke culture continues to expand its list of victims.

Kathy Zhu, who had won Miss Michigan in the Miss World America pageant, was stripped of her crown this week. The reason? Supposed racism, insensitivity, and Islamophobia. When you look into the details though, you’ll see how ridiculous the charges are and just how depraved certain segments of our society have become.

Below, she shares an email and text message exchange that better explains the situation.

Her “racism” amounted to sharing truthful statistics about black and black gun violence on social media. Her “Islamophobia?” She refused to put on a hijab when prompted to at an event on a college campus and later remarked that it was oppressive. Yes, that’s the extent of it. She simply refused to put on a head covering that is a symbol of forced oppression for hundreds of millions of women across the world. While some may disagree with having that description of the hijab, that’s hardly a reason to strip a woman of such a great accomplishment that she’s no doubt worked incredibly hard for.

When you read the exchanges, it seems like they were searching for a reason to punish her. The nonsense about her name, then all the sudden it’s about social media posts, then it’s about “racism,” which naturally serves a bludgeon regardless of the facts.

Via The Daily Caller.

DeJack specifically referred to a contestant requirement that Zhu be “of good character” and have a background that “is not likely to bring into disrepute Miss World America or any person associated with the organisation,” according to a screenshot Zhu shared.

“Therefore, and effective immediately, MWA does not recognise you as a participant of any sort or in any capacity as it relates to any and all events of MWA,” the email stated.

The shot at her character is especially low. Saying she broke the rules is one thing. Trying to personally malign her is another and they are doing the latter.

The left-wing media are of course lapping this up. Here’s Newsweek’s ridiculous write up.

“Are the people in MWA implying that they advocate for the punishment of women who refuse to wear a hijab?” Zhu added. She did not provide any evidence to suggest the MWA was indeed in favor of punishing women for refusing to wear hijabs.

Right-wing Twitter users began sharing the story, citing it as evidence of anti-conservative bias and political correctness. BlazeTV host Lauren Chen said Zhu was stripped of her title “for highlighting crime rates in some black communities. The fact that these pageant people find her views offensive speaks more to their own bigotry than anything else.”

Music video director Robby Starbuck incorrectly interpreted the incident as proof that “you can’t even participate in a @MissWorldLtd pageant if you’re *gasp* openly Republican.” Conservative musician and activist Joy Villa also misread the situation, falsely claiming Zhu had been blocked from competing because the was a conservative.

MWA did not immediately respond to Newsweek‘s request for comment.

I love the “she did not provide any evidence” line. You know, except them stripping her of her crown over it. How the other personalities mentioned are “misreading” the situation is something Newsweek indeed provides no evidence of though.

Of course, the real reason she was stripped of her crown is simple. She’s a Trump supporter and a conservative, which means she’s not allowed to express herself in even the most mundane ways without backlash. If she weren’t those things, I have no doubt this wouldn’t have happened to her.

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Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Lunge Gets Abruptly Interrupted by a Question of Her American Indian ‘Honesty’

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In March, I covered Elizabeth Warren blaming her family for making her think she was an American Indian.

What if they’d told her she was Chinese?

Did they not have mirrors in Oklahoma? Or Massachusetts? Or anywhere else she’s lived?

As reported by Fox, on Thursday at a town hall event in New Hampshire, the idea resurfaced. A woman inquired of the 2020 hopeful about “honesty” regarding her heritage:

“How do you overcome the bridge with voters like me who like you, who like your plans, who like what you have to say but I have concerns about your honesty?”

Elizabeth Radecic, who asked the question, explained that — as a mother to two black children — she’d grown to further appreciate Affirmative Action. Squaw Warren had, in Radecic’s view, disrespected such programs by claiming she was an Indian in order to snag a Harvard job.


Elizabeth W. tried to woke up in front of the crowd.

She also gave a nod to the DNC’s return to the days of segregation — there are only two races: white and non-white, now called “people of color.”

“[I] shouldn’t have done it. I am not a person of color. I am not a citizen of a tribe and I’ve apologized for any confusion over tribal sovereignty, tribal citizenship, and any harm caused by that.”

Oddly, the senator released DNA testing results not so long ago, which revealed she was as little a 1/1,024 American Indian.

Somehow, that proved she was a descendant of an American tribe.

Activist Rebecca Nagle excoriated the release:

“Native,” of course, is a misuse of the term. All who are born in the U.S. are native Americans. The American Indians were not, as the idea goes, originally from North America. Experts believe they migrated to the North American continent from Asia via the Bering Strait (read more here).

We’re all the descendants of migrants. And we’re (virtually) all Native Americans. And Elizabeth Warren is very silly.

-ALEX

 

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Can We Ever Have An Honest Conversation About Race? [LISTEN]

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Yesterday an article I wrote on “people of color” hijacking the black experience started making the online rounds and stirring up a lot of discussion.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m fine if other minority groups want to lump themselves in with each other with this whole POC thing. There’s a shorthand in it all that’s valuable and I get that. I just don’t think Black Americans want or deserve to be tied to their watered-down version of “the struggle.”

Because that’s what this is – a naked attempt to hijack the unique civil rights struggles of Black America in order to hitch a ride to Victim Town. When women like Pressley are forced to lump her heritage and American experience in with those who are not “African-American/Black” she is being forced to pour water into her ancestral soup. She is forced to be brown instead of Black.

There is so much power in blackness that these women and others like them on the Left are desperate to pretend they know the struggle to siphon off even a little bit of that power.

I was invited by Townhall Senior Contributor Kurt Schlichter to join him over at KABC in Los Angeles to talk about the issue some more. Kurt was filling in for Larry O’Connor, who is currently traveling in Argentina with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (he’s all fancy now). We had a lot of fun talking about the Broad Squad, race, racism and the utter insanity that Trump has engendered on the Left.

In fact, we had such a great time that Dr. Drew (Midday Live with Dr.Drew) came into the studio before we finished up and asked if I could stay on for his show directly following. We continued the conversation along with Leeann Tweeden.

Can we ever have an honest race conversation? What would that even look like?

What is at stake for Black America by being folded into this broader category of “people of color”?

We talked at length about these questions and a lot of other things. Each of those hours are posted below.

You can join in more conversations over on my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter @RealKiraDavis.

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Unbelievable: The AP’s Tweet on the 50th Anniversary of Mary Jo Kopechne’s Death Leaves a Few Things Out

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FILE – This July 19, 1969 file photo shows U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy’s car being pulled from the water next to the Dike Bridge on Chappaquiddick Island in Edgartown, Mass. on Martha’s Vineyard. Kennedy’s passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, was trapped in the car after it went off the bridge and died. (AP Photo, File)

This is one of those stories you read and think “No way. Did they really do that?” I’m sad to report to you that yes, the Associated Press really did leave out some highly relevant details in their tweet recognizing the 50th anniversary of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.

But first, some background on what happened on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts on July 18, 1969:

U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s Oldsmobile sedan veered off a narrow bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, an extension of the resort island of Martha’s Vineyard off Massachusetts, and plunged into a moonlit pond 50 years ago Thursday. His passenger, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne, drowned.

Kennedy, 37, survived, but his presidential ambitions did not. The Massachusetts Democrat waited 10 hours to report the accident to police, and the “whys?” dogged him for the rest of his days.

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Kennedy was driving after a party when his car flipped into the chilly waters, trapping Kopechne inside. She had been a campaign worker for Kennedy’s brother, Robert, who was assassinated the previous year in Los Angeles during California’s Democratic presidential primary.

Kennedy, who managed to free himself from the submerged vehicle, said he tried in vain to rescue Kopechne. He later described his failure to report the accident to police for 10 hours as “indefensible,” attributing the delay to exhaustion, shock and a concussion.

Kennedy also called his mistress Helga Wagner the morning after the incident instead of his wife Joan.

Kennedy, a Democratic party icon, wouldn’t serve a day of time for Kopechne’s death, instead going on to serve for decades in the U.S. Senate. His timeline of what he says happened that night has been under scrutiny since day one.

With all of that in mind, check out how the AP described what happened:

Oh, okay. So I guess it was the car that did something reprehensible, not Kennedy.

And “Kennedy was able to escape, but Kopechne drowned”? A better way to put it would be to say that “Kennedy was able to escape, but left Kopechne to die.”

Also, as Hot Air‘s Ed Morrissey points out, it was never determined exactly how Kopechne died – because an autopsy was not conducted:

It’s not true that Kopechne “drowned.” The coroner never autopsied the body, itself a curious omission when dealing with an unattended death of a healthy young woman. Eyewitness testimony by the person who recovered her body at the scene, as well as the position of the body, strongly suggests she suffocated after spending a significant amount of time exhausting the oxygen in the air bubble of the submerged car. Heavy covered this in the release of the film Chappaquiddick last year:

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Reporting it as a drowning 50 years later is factually deficient, but that’s the least of the sins of this AP headline. Nowhere in this description is the fact that Kennedy was driving the car, and that he was speeding when he went off the bridge. Instead, the car mysteriously “went off a bridge” by itself, or perhaps with Kopechne at the wheel.

This is a more apt description of what happened than the AP‘s version :

Bonus take from Brit Hume:

As of this writing, the AP has not corrected their “report” in any later tweets.

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