Here’s a link sent by an astute reader, featuring quotes from some prominent media liberals about the JFK (and in one case the RFK) assassination[s]:
Exhibit A — Liberal talk radio host Mike Malloy, August 27: …I remember feeling that way in 1963 and in 1968-when [Ted Kennedy’s] two brothers were murdered by the right wing in this country…
Exhibit B — Novelist Lorenzo Carcaterra, September 13:…In the summer months of 1963, the voices of the right were tossing hate bombs at another young President…messages of hate, threats and warnings.
One such warning was for President John F. Kennedy to stay out of Texas.
To stay out of Dallas…
Exhibit C — Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America, September 18:…A President was killed the last time right-wing hatred ran wild like this
That being John F. Kennedy, who was gunned down in Dallas, of course…But I’ve been thinking about Dallas in 1963 because I’ve been recalling the history and how that city stood as an outpost for the radical right, which never tried to hide its contempt for the New England Democrat.
In addition, Chris Matthews said that Right-wing anger at JFK was responsible for creating the climate of hatred that led Leftist assassin Oswald to kill him.
Let’s set the record straight here, because they never will. President Kennedy was killed by a committed Leftist, although part of the purpose of the continuing conspiracy theories that have gripped America ever since is to obscure this fact and blame it on the Right. That’s not the only reason for the conspiracy theories, of course—they naturally arise from an event so traumatic and so initially mysterious, and the truth (that Oswald did it alone) is so frightening, because it means a mouse can lay low a king.
But there is no question that the Left has pushed the theory that the assassins were shadowy figures on the Right and that Oswald was the patsy, just as he said he was. I could link to tons of sites alleging just this, but I’m not interested in giving them traffic so you’ll have to find them yourself; it’s not difficult. And of course we have Leftist movie director Oliver Stone mightily rewriting history in films such as the abominable “JFK.”
As for Robert Kennedy, he was killed by Sirhan Sirhan, a Palestinian whose motivation was clearly anger that RFK was a supporter of Israel. Unless you turn yourself into a pretzel, it’s impossible to see Sirhan as a man of the Right responding to criticism of RFK emanating from the Right.
As for the contention by Matthews and many others that the assassins may have been from the Left, but that it was the Right’s verbal hatred sparked the Left’s assassinations—that’s quite a stretch, isn’t it? But since Matthews isn’t so far down the rabbit hole that he sees Oswald as a figure on the Right, or believes Oliver Stone’s wild conspiracy theories, he must come up with the next best thing: the devil (i.e. the Right) made him do it. Even if that makes zero sense.
Rewriting history can be difficult. But practice makes perfect. And the Left has had over forty years to shape and polish this particular gem of a rewrite.