A quotation in an article in Thursday's Washington Post about Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's Chappaquiddick interview was incorrectly attributed. The statement - "It is the truth now. Despite the fact that people don't like it, don't want to believe it, it's the truth" - was made by a Kennedy aide, not by the senator.
As the 10th anniversary of Chappaquiddick approached, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) gave a lengthy interview on the fatal automobile accident to The New York Times Tuesday, on the condition that he see the questions in advance and that the interview not be recorded.
The Times agreed because "when we want an interview, we try to obtain an interview," according to national editor David Jones.
"Frequently people try to set up ground rules (for interviews) but it's not a common practice for us" to accept them, Jones said. He added, "We want to do what's in our best interest."
According to press aide Thomas Southwick, Kennedy requested the questions in advance because "we felt that in terms of reviewing an incident that happened 10 years ago it would help his memory if he would have some idea of what they were going to ask."
Ten years ago today, Mary Jo Kopechne drowned when a car driven by Kennedy went off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island on Martha's Vineyard.
As for the restriction against recording devices at the interview, Southwick said Kennedy preferred that a stenographer take dictation.
In the interview, Kennedy said that his earlier account of the incident was "truth then. It is truth now. Despite the fact that people don't like it, don't want to believe it, it's the truth."