NewsReal asked me to do a special weekend post on arguably the worst thing ever written on Media Matters.
Now, Boehlert’s depiction of the hostile atmosphere in pre-assassination Dallas matches those of primary sources I’ve read before: there were indeed “WANTED” posters of JFK and “Impeach [Supreme Court Justice] Earl Warren” billboards around the city. Kennedy really did mutter to his wife that fateful morning, “We’re heading into nut country today…”
Depressing, sobering stuff.
More depressing, however, is what Boehlert leaves out of his post. For instance, large, friendly crowds lined the President’s motorcade route for miles, as now-familiar film footage attests. So much for the notion of an entire city gripped by palpable, murderous “right wing” rage.
So it’s no wonder Boehlert leaves out the identity of Kennedy’s assassin, too. For instead of being gunned down by a “Bircher” or a Klansman or even a garden-variety Republican, history records that President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was in fact murdered by… “a silly little communist.”
Here’s the really scary part:
I wrote that piece without having to look anything up. Doesn’t everybody know this stuff off the top of their heads, about General Walker and so forth? Isn’t this the sort of information you collect simply by going through life, like brain lint?
If you’re a liberal media somethingorother, are you either really stupid, incurious and uninformed OR do you have to pretend you don’t know “common knowledge” stuff, to get and keep your half-assed George Soros job.
Which is more frightening to contemplate? I can’t decide…