The Kennedy Myth Remains
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
was not, and am not, a fan of President John F. Kennedy. I know that
is considered sacrilege today, especially on the 50th anniversary of
his assassination. But there it is.
Like most everyone who
lived through those horrible days it is burned into my memory. And yes,
I do know exactly where I was and exactly what I was doing the moment
the TV news broke into their regular programming with the news bulletin
that Kennedy had been shot.
Back in the "good ole days" we still had "news bulletins."
When a regularly scheduled program was interrupted for a news bulletin,
everyone stopped and paid attention. It was important. Unlike today
when we have twenty-four hour news coverage, a news bulletin was an
effective way of disseminating important information instantly and to
the maximum number of people possible.
"The somber mood
across the nation during the weekend following Kennedy's death was
evident on the broadcast airwaves. By 3 p.m. (EST) on November 22,
nearly every television station canceled their commercial schedules to
stay with around-the-clock news coverage provided by the three U.S.
television networks in 1963: ABC, CBS, and NBC. From 3 p.m. that day
until November 26, all network entertainment and commercial programming
ceased on U.S. television, and as such, this coverage was one of the
earliest examples of what modern television viewers commonly know as a
breaking news event." SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reaction_to_the_assassination_of_John_F._Kennedy
TV set I happened to be standing in front of at the moment the story
broke was tuned to CBS. Somehow Walter Cronkite became the lead anchor
on that story for a shocked nation. Still today when I think back to
that day, and the days that followed, I remember "Uncle Walter," the
most trusted man in America, relating the news of the event as it
If you'd like to see what I saw on that day 50 years ago, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2K8Q3cqGs7I
years later, I am not convinced that we, the American people have been
told the complete truth about the killing of Kennedy. Let me hastily
add that I have no clue what the truth is. But the explanation that
Oswald was the only person responsible for JFK's murder has never seemed
It is not commonly known these days, but Kennedy
was NOT a popular president -- especially in the southern states. In
fact, Kennedy had been warned NOT to go to Dallas, Texas that day. The
national atmosphere was heavy with danger for the young president -- yet
he went and, as it turned out, went to his death.
One would think JFK was seen as something akin to a god back in 1963. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Consider this from a paper entitled "Who Killed JFK?" by Carl Oglesby, published by the Odonian Press in 1992. "Although
he has become a legend, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was hardly the most
popular president in history when he was gunned down in November, 1963.
In the previous six months alone, the Secret Service had reviewed over
400 threats to his life. Three of these were serious enough to entail
changes in his security routine.
He was loathed by anti-Castro
exiles, other rightwingers, the Mafia and even some of his own
government agencies. In attempting to figure out who murdered him, it is
important to understand who hated him, and why." SOURCE: http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/CIA/Who_Killed_JFK.html
is STILL much we do not know about JFK's murder. Many files have been
sealed until 2017 (50 years after the assassination.). One must wonder,
with the political atmosphere in the US even more toxic today than it
was in 1963, if, in fact, those files will be actually be unsealed -- or
-- sealed for another 50 years.
Take a few minutes and read
"Who Killed JFK?" by Carl Oglesby, published by the Odonian Press in
1992. You will have a better understanding as to why so many of my
generation still hold to the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding
that fateful day in Dallas fifty years ago today.
J. D. Longstreet