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NYT Lies For Patrick Kennedy – Gets Caught

A Kennedy being drunk is not news. Nor is it news when our one party media covers up for a Kennedy. They have been doing so for decades.

But you have to admit that this article from the New York Times is hilarious in showing the contortions they will go through to protect their masters:

Patrick Kennedy’s car which he crashed into a barricade on Capitol Hill Thursday, May 4, 2006. (Note the Kerry bumper sticker.)

Patrick Kennedy Crashes Car Into a Capitol Hill Barrier

May 5, 2006

WASHINGTON, May 4 — Representative Patrick J. Kennedy crashed his car into a traffic barrier on Capitol Hill in the early morning hours on Thursday. He said he was apparently disoriented because he had been taking Ambien, the sleeping pill, and another medication.

Mr. Kennedy, a Rhode Island Democrat, said he drove to the Capitol at about 2:45 a.m. in the mistaken belief that he needed to vote. The House was not in session, having adjourned at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday.

Mr. Kennedy, the 38-year-old son of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, issued a statement saying he had been involved in a traffic accident at First and C Streets S.E. near the Capitol.

"I consumed no alcohol prior to the incident," Mr. Kennedy said. "I will fully cooperate with the Capitol police in whatever investigation they choose to undertake."

Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, said a police union official had written a letter to the Capitol police chief asserting that Mr. Kennedy appeared to be staggering when he left his car. But, it said, police officers at the scene were not allowed by their supervisors to perform a sobriety test. Roll Call quoted the letter as saying Capitol police officials gave Mr. Kennedy a ride home.

Capitol police officers said the handling of the case created at least an appearance that Mr. Kennedy had received special treatment. He denied the suggestion.

"At the time of the accident, I was instructed to park my car and was driven home by the United States Capitol police," Mr. Kennedy said. "At no time did I ask for any special consideration."

Mr. Kennedy was the only person in the car and was not injured, his press secretary, Robin Costello, said.

The congressman said he had also been taking Phenergan, an anti-nausea medication, as well as Ambien. Phenergan is sometimes used as an antihistamine, a sedative or a sleep aid.

Mr. Kennedy said both drugs had been prescribed by the attending physician of the Capitol, who cares for lawmakers and their aides. He said he received the Phenergan this week as treatment for a gastrointestinal disorder. He said the Ambien had been "prescribed by the attending physician some time ago" as a sleep aid.

"Following the last series of votes on Wednesday evening," Mr. Kennndy said, "I returned to my home on Capitol Hill and took the prescribed amount" of the two drugs. "Some time around 2:45 a.m. I drove the few blocks to the Capitol complex believing I needed to vote. Apparently, I was disoriented from the medication."

The incident comes at a time of growing concern about the side effects of Ambien and other sleep drugs. A study presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences earlier this year reported a rise in the number of crashes…

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