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RFK Jr. Pretends JFK Was Killed By Right

From a history challenged Huffington Post:

Tucson: Time for Another Examination of Conscience

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
President, Waterkeeper Alliance; Professor, Pace University
Posted: January 11, 2011

Neither Beck, Hannity nor Savage nor the hate merchants at Fox News and talk radio can claim to have invented their genre. Toxic right-wing vitriol so dominated the public airwaves from the McCarthy era until 1963 that President Kennedy, that year, launched a citizen’s campaign to enforce the Fairness Doctrine, which required accuracy and balance in the broadcast media. Students, civic and religious groups filed more than 500 complaints against right-wing extremists and hate-mongering commentators before the FCC.

In fact, President Kennedy used the ‘fairness doctrine’ to stifle debate on the Nuclear Test Ban treaty, which was a major administration initiative. The Democratic-controlled FCC ruled that broadcast segments opposing the treaty had to be followed by one supporting it.

(Later, the Democratic National Committee under President Lyndon Johnson prepared an instruction manual for allies to file fairness complaints with the FCC.)

Even more interesting, in his book, ‘Crimes Against Nature,’ Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claims that the failure of broadcasters to cover the environment, writing, "The FCC’s pro-industry, anti-regulatory philosophy has effectively ended the right of access to broadcast television by any but the moneyed interests."

In other words, Mr. Kennedy believes that the media should be forced by the government to cover stories that he wants covered – all in the name of "fairness."

The Dallas, Texas, airwaves were particularly radioactive; preachers and political leaders and local businessmen spewed extremist vitriol on the city’s radio and TV stations, inflaming the passions of the city’s legions of unhinged fanatics. There was something about the city — a rage or craziness, that, whether sensible or not, seemed to have set the stage for Jack’s murder

Actually, the truth is about 180 degrees the opposite of this. In fact, from October 1959 until June 1962, Mr. Oswald was living in the Soviet Union. He had no access to the heated rightwing rhetoric of Dallas.

In fact, Mr. Oswald’s influences were entirely from the left. He subscribed to the Communist newspapers the Daily Worker and The Militant. 

The October 7, 1962, issue of the Daily Worker carried a front page story on Major General Edwin Walker, who was a in the news for his conservative views. It warned "the Kennedy administration and the American people of the need for action against [Walker] and his allies."

On October 8, 1962, Mr. Oswald abruptly quit his job and moved out from his brother’s house in the Ft. Worth area, and moved to Dallas. (By the way, General Walker’s brother was the mayor of Dallas at the time.)

On March 31, 1963 Mr. Oswald posed in his backyard with his rifle and a pistol and as well as copies of the Daily Worker and The Militant. He tried to assassinate General Walker on April 10, 1963.

Mr. Oswald wanted the Daily Worker to see that he had carried out their orders.

The Voice of America, half an hour after the assassination, described Dallas as "the center of extreme right wing."

Much like we are seeing today, the media immediately tried to blame the JFK assassination on the right wing. Which, oddly enough, was the goal of the KGB, as well. Which begat and sometimes funded many of the subsequent conspiracy theories that sought to shift the blame away from Oswald. 

The mercantile elite [sic] that ruled the city carefully cultivated the seeds of hate. Radical-right broadsides were distributed in public schools; the Kennedy name was booed in classrooms; junior executives who refused to attend radical seminars were blackballed and fired

Dallas’s oil and gas barons who routinely denounced JFK as a "comsymp" had unbottled the genie of populist rage and harnessed it to the cause of radical ideology, anti-government fervor and corporate dominion…

None of which, even if true, influenced Mr. Oswald, at all. Mr. Oswald kept a notebook in which he wrote down the reason for his actions, especially against General Walker. None of these things enter into it.

Uncle Jack’s speech in Dallas was to have been an explosive broadside against the right wing.

This is not quite true. The undelivered speech is easily found on the internet. It is a fairly mild attack on his opponents who were worried about the deficit. But mostly it talks about how well the US was doing economically.

Besides, wasn’t RFK, Jr just castigating ‘explosive broadsides’? Is he claiming his uncle wanted to contribute to the tense atmosphere?

When public school P.A. systems announced Jack’s assassination, Dallas school children as young as the fourth grade applauded

This is a notorious lie that was knowingly promulgated by none other than cub reporter, Dan Rather. According to the principal of the school and many others who were there, the children were cheering because they were being sent home early. They were not told that President Kennedy had been shot.

The American Spectator debunked this myth back in March 2005.

Jack’s death forced a national bout of self-examination. In 1964, Americans repudiated the forces of right-wing hatred and violence with an historic landslide in the presidential election between LBJ and Goldwater. For a while, the advocates of right-wing extremism receded from the public forum. Now they have returned with a vengeance — to the broadcast media and to prominent positions in the political landscape.

Gabrielle Giffords lies in a hospital room fighting for her life, and a precious nine-year-old girl is dead along with five others. Let’s pray for them and for our country and hope this tragedy prompts another round of examination of conscience.

So Mr. Kennedy is willing to use her and the dead, including his own uncle – to misrepresent the current situation as well as history. And he tells us to examine our conscience?

By the way, Lee Harvey Oswald was such a rabid rightwing fanatic, he even wanted to shoot Richard Nixon.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 13th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “RFK Jr. Pretends JFK Was Killed By Right”

  1. mr_bill says:

    After reading the comments on this at the huffpo, I can only conclude that Orwell’s Ministry of Truth is real and has been working tirelessly for the last 50 years. There are far too many people commenting on that story who have no idea that Oswald was a committed communist, i.e. NOT right wing.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      The huffers are just parroting what they’ve been taught in the government school. It is why the left is so invested in teachers unions and control over the curriculum. Tell a lie often enough and people start to believe it. When I was a child I use to think JFK was this larger than life hero. Then I actually learned about his presidency and how easily people are manipulated by a charismatic leader. People who have no morals, beliefs, and self worth easily fall victim to idolatry.

    • hushpuppy says:

      That reminds me of a caller to Rush’s program recently (Monday?) when a woman phoned in to say she remembers Jackie Kennedy’s reference to her husband’s assassin as ‘that silly little Communist’.

      Mind-boggling.

  2. proreason says:

    It became clear in 2010 that heated rhetoric with loose connections to the truth stopped creating miracles for our kindly marxist overlords. They are feeling a little threatened about the rubes’ resistance to their sweet persuasions.

    Onto the next phase.

  3. Chuckk says:

    I doubt that Kennedy was sober enough to write this. It must have been written by an aide or employee.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    Simply ignorance of history, and a parroting media to spread it to the masses who don’t read.

  5. wardmama4 says:

    So Mr. Kennedy is willing to use her and the dead, including his own uncle – to misrepresent the current situation as well as history and promote his own image and agenda.

    There fixed that for you.

    While I am too young to be sure what his Uncle JFK would really do – although I do believe JFK would not condone this – I do know that his father – RFK would not condone this behavior at all. Given his mother – I am surprised that he is like this. However, given the pathetic male ‘role model’ he grew up with (EMK) – I can completely understand his behavior – Truth, reality and history have no meaning at all – agenda is everything.

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Paleeze……this is what people want representing them?
    A drug abuser with delusional grandeur?
    Truly amazing!


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