Published: 11/22/2022 4:48:09 PM
Modified: 11/22/2022 4:47:58 PM

Thank you, Carl Doerner, for reminding us of America’s single most traumatic event in the second half of the 20th century: Kennedy’s assassination, its unfortunate consequences, its unresolved mysteries, and the news media’s complicity in covering up the obvious contradictions between the Warren Report and eyewitness testimony. (”Recalling another traumatic November,” Nov. 21.)

I believe that the distrust of government and the wacko conspiracy theories we live with today are ultimately the result of the refusal of our government and the news media to fully investigate Kennedy’s murder. So many players in high places, so many government policies that would have been upended, so many criminals threatening (and often carrying out) violence. Dozens of books have been written on this topic, but because of government and media silence, no consensus on a national narrative has ever emerged.

As we despair today over right-wing violence and disinformation, we do well to remember an era when powerful players on the right didn’t just fund Fox News and crazies like Donald Trump and Herschel Walker. Rather, they hired assassins and made sure that anyone that threatened their interests was taken out. The “democracy” we had back then may have been more illusion than reality. As we work to shore up our fragile democracy today, we should understand that the weaknesses Trump exposed are not new; they were, in the past, simply better disguised.

Kathe Geist



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