6 Reasons the Media/Left Refuse to Let JFK's Assassination Go

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“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#1 Nov 21, 2013
1. Camelot. The brief Kennedy years represent for many in the media their own golden moment. JFK was their royalty, their idol, their ideal, their handsome and rich young war hero. Jackie Kennedy was their queen.
And then it was all cut short, like a Shakespearean tragedy or fairy tale. The mythic Camelot fell to lust. The American Camelot fell to an assassin. For those of us who grew up after JFK, itís all so much history. I grew up around Dallas and heard about the assassination any time I visited anywhere else as a child, and later on I visited the Sixth Floor Museum. Itís haunting but itís history. For many in that generation, which was mostly born after World War II and then ended up losing Vietnam, JFK provides a meaningful anchor point, or at least a point that they have infused with meaning. Donít bring up his womanizing or how the Kennedy patriarch behaved toward the Nazis. None of that has any place in the myth.

2. It provides them a chance to bash handy villains they already hate: Dallas, Texas, and the South. Not a JFK anniversary goes by without the New York Times publishing at least one piece blaming the assassination on Dallas, and more broadly on Texas and the South. The fact is, while Dallas had its share of mainstream Kennedy-haters, none of them fired a shot. Texas went narrowly for Kennedy in 1960. Dallas citizens actually turned out on November 22, 1963, to greet the Kennedys warmly. Even the horrible Zapruder film shows happy, cheering crowds lining the streets in Dealey Plaza just to get a glimpse of the First Couple.
One lone nut can change all that, and did, which is unsettling to the point of horror. But Dallas was not and is not to blame, any more than Fordís Theater is to blame for Abraham Lincolnís killing. Texas is not to blame. The South is not to blame. But many on the left would rather blame their preferred villains than look at the truth.

3. The truth is more horrible than the fiction. The truth is, the assassination of John F. Kennedy is the killing of one of lifeís genetic lottery winners by a small-time loser. If JFK was larger than life, his killer was much smaller than life. The JFK assassination could have been a conspiracy, but it probably wasnít. The evidence points directly at one man whose ideology, coupled with his combination of grandiosity and mediocrity, led him to kill the president in order to elevate himself.
Lee Harvey Oswald was a Communist who had defected to the Soviet Union, become disillusioned, returned to the U.S., and then supported the Communist Castro regime in Cuba against the United States. He wanted to be a big man. Kennedy, the president of the United States, fit the definition of a Big Man perfectly. He was a resolute anti-Communist. Oswald was a traitor who put his ideology above his country.

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#2 Nov 21, 2013
4. What might have beenÖ On CNN, Gerald Posner made this somewhat gruesome point: Kennedy is remembered as ďgreatĒ mainly because he didnít have enough time to make too many mistakes.
Would JFK have prevented the Vietnam debacle? Weíll never know? Would the wasteful Great Society programs have happened on his watch? Weíll never know. Would Kennedy have been as effective on civil rights as LBJ turned out to be? JFKís assassination resonates for the same reason that Marilyn Monroeís image still sells posters. Their youthful image is all we have, and we can dream and speculate about what might have been, because we were robbed of the reality.
John Kennedy is the first media age president. He is lionized mainly due to the possibilities lost because his time was cut tragically short, and because the image of the man is forever young and vigorous.

5. They (we) love a conspiracy theory. For all the leftís talk of devotion to logic and facts, they love to craft and sell conspiracy theories. As soon as a conservative comes along to fund causes they believe in, the left will craft wheels within wheels to explain it all. They will turn the new funder into a boogeyman, an enemy of the state. When a liberal policy fails itís not their fault, itís the Republicansí fault. Barack Obama is particularly fond of that one. The Warren Commission, LBJís corruption, the ďmagic bullet,Ē Oliver Stoneís JFK ó itís all fertile soil for conspiracies to grow left, right and center. The JFK assassination affords the opportunity to gaze wistfully at a perfect past that never really was, and to blame the usual suspects ó the CIA, the military-industrial complex, the South, Republicans ó for its demise.

6. He was a Democrat. This is the shallowest reason that Kennedy is still lionized in the media, but itís a fact that three of the four assassinated presidents were Republicans, yet Kennedy is the only one so revered. Part of that has to do with his timing. Kennedy came after a pragmatic and unglamorous Republican president, Eisenhower, and ahead of a corrupt machine Democrat and then a disgraced Republican. By comparison to the surrounding presidents, JFK was young and glamorous and lost too soon. His spot in history also comes at the dawn of the media age, before the onset of Vietnam, the drug culture, the dissolution of the family and the decline of Western confidence, and before Reaganís restoration of the latter. In terms of policy, he opposed Communism, sought to keep the Soviets in check, and cut taxes, putting him on the center-right in todayís politics. The fact is, the Bush family is strikingly similar to the Kennedys ó wealthy, powerful, producer of dynastic political power ó but will never be as lionized by the media, both because of the tragedies that befell the Kennedys, and because the Kennedys are Democrats.

About 90% of the media vote Democratic. When they seek subject matter experts, they tend to gravitate toward fellow liberals and their own institutions. Itís only natural that the same media would lionize Democrats past and present, shielding Obama now, making a statesman out of Bill Clinton, glossing over the failures of the Carter years while whittling away at the successes of the Reagan years. We never hear much about the efficiency of the Eisenhower years or his record on civil rights, but you canít get Doris Kearns Goodwin to stop talking up how ďgreatĒ Johnson was despite his obvious corruption.
John Kennedy was a chiseled Democrat who had it all, cut down in his prime. The media mythologize him because they just canít help themselves.
http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/11/20/six-reas...
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#3 Nov 21, 2013
7. It as 50 years ago and we like those "milestone" anniversaries.

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#4 Nov 21, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
7. It as 50 years ago and we like those "milestone" anniversaries.
Unless it's 9/11 on its tenth anniversary.
Duke for Mayor

Massillon, OH

#5 Nov 21, 2013
8. Every single major newspaper and media outlet in the country, conservative and liberal is joining in to sell advertising and raise revenue.

woof
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#6 Nov 21, 2013
Trayvonius Martinez wrote:
1. Camelot. The brief Kennedy years represent for many in the media their own golden moment. JFK was their royalty, their idol, their ideal, their handsome and rich young war hero. Jackie Kennedy was their queen.
And then it was all cut short, like a Shakespearean tragedy or fairy tale. The mythic Camelot fell to lust. The American Camelot fell to an assassin. For those of us who grew up after JFK, itís all so much history. I grew up around Dallas and heard about the assassination any time I visited anywhere else as a child, and later on I visited the Sixth Floor Museum. Itís haunting but itís history. For many in that generation, which was mostly born after World War II and then ended up losing Vietnam, JFK provides a meaningful anchor point, or at least a point that they have infused with meaning. Donít bring up his womanizing or how the Kennedy patriarch behaved toward the Nazis. None of that has any place in the myth.
2. It provides them a chance to bash handy villains they already hate: Dallas, Texas, and the South. Not a JFK anniversary goes by without the New York Times publishing at least one piece blaming the assassination on Dallas, and more broadly on Texas and the South. The fact is, while Dallas had its share of mainstream Kennedy-haters, none of them fired a shot. Texas went narrowly for Kennedy in 1960. Dallas citizens actually turned out on November 22, 1963, to greet the Kennedys warmly. Even the horrible Zapruder film shows happy, cheering crowds lining the streets in Dealey Plaza just to get a glimpse of the First Couple.
One lone nut can change all that, and did, which is unsettling to the point of horror. But Dallas was not and is not to blame, any more than Fordís Theater is to blame for Abraham Lincolnís killing. Texas is not to blame. The South is not to blame. But many on the left would rather blame their preferred villains than look at the truth.
3. The truth is more horrible than the fiction. The truth is, the assassination of John F. Kennedy is the killing of one of lifeís genetic lottery winners by a small-time loser. If JFK was larger than life, his killer was much smaller than life. The JFK assassination could have been a conspiracy, but it probably wasnít. The evidence points directly at one man whose ideology, coupled with his combination of grandiosity and mediocrity, led him to kill the president in order to elevate himself.
Lee Harvey Oswald was a Communist who had defected to the Soviet Union, become disillusioned, returned to the U.S., and then supported the Communist Castro regime in Cuba against the United States. He wanted to be a big man. Kennedy, the president of the United States, fit the definition of a Big Man perfectly. He was a resolute anti-Communist. Oswald was a traitor who put his ideology above his country.
I sense outrage and anger over...something.

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#7 Nov 21, 2013
Big Johnson wrote:
<quoted text>
I sense outrage and anger over...something.
Not too bright, are you, wee man? Or perhaps you actually get the point the article makes and you're trying to deflect as always.
Scheherazade

Reynoldsburg, OH

#8 Nov 21, 2013
Still doesn't justify the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. There aer still plenty of reasons to hate and despise the South....

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#9 Nov 21, 2013
Scheherazade wrote:
Still doesn't justify the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. There aer still plenty of reasons to hate and despise the South....
Who in the hell justifies King's murder? And LOL at "hating and despising the South." Lots of blacks are moving back there from the North.
Are you taking dictation from your Hamster, Gabby?
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#10 Nov 21, 2013
Trayvonius Martinez wrote:
<quoted text>Unless it's 9/11 on its tenth anniversary.
We missed it?

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#11 Nov 21, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
We missed it?
If you blinked, you did.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#12 Nov 21, 2013
Trayvonius Martinez wrote:
<quoted text>If you blinked, you did.
You never miss any opportunity to fabricate a reason for "outrage."

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#13 Nov 21, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
You never miss any opportunity to fabricate a reason for "outrage."
That's a hoot coming from you, the the most historically and politically illiterate white poster here.
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#14 Nov 21, 2013
Trayvonius Martinez wrote:
<quoted text>That's a hoot coming from you, the the most historically and politically illiterate white poster here.
I sure booted that last presidential election. I thought for sure that Obama was going to win.

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#15 Nov 21, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
I sure booted that last presidential election. I thought for sure that Obama was going to win.
Then you must have IRS or NSA or Census connections...
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#16 Nov 21, 2013
Trayvonius Martinez wrote:
<quoted text>Then you must have IRS or NSA or Census connections...
Nope. Just a non-conspiracy addled brain.

“Seven Days In May”

Since: Oct 13

Hilliard, OH

#17 Nov 21, 2013
Che Reagan Christ wrote:
<quoted text>
Nope. Just a non-conspiracy addled brain.
You might want to have a talk with your daddy about that:

http://www.topix.com/forum/columbus/T7OTD48UK...

http://www.topix.com/forum/columbus/T7OTD48UK...
Che Reagan Christ

Lodi, OH

#18 Nov 21, 2013
Trayvonius Martinez wrote:
<quoted text>You might want to have a talk with your daddy about that:
http://www.topix.com/forum/columbus/T7OTD48UK...
http://www.topix.com/forum/columbus/T7OTD48UK...
Why?

“Queen of my domain”

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#19 Nov 21, 2013
Who would want to let go of a fantasy that was laden with womanizing, boozing, and scandal? It's easier eating a fantasy based on the fictional Once and Future King than it is to deal with reality!
Big Johnson

Columbus, OH

#20 Nov 21, 2013
gokeefe wrote:
Who would want to let go of a fantasy that was laden with womanizing, boozing, and scandal? It's easier eating a fantasy based on the fictional Once and Future King than it is to deal with reality!
Yep. You are still stupid.

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