Robert Kennedy’ Jr.’s courageous comments in Dallas Friday night on his father’s suspicions about the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, are drawing coverage across the political spectrum, an indication of the broad interest in alternative views of the JFK story as the 50th anniversary of the assassination approaches later this year.
The desire for a more factual explanation of JFK’s murder is not liberal or conservative. It is American.
The mainstream media’s interest is obvious. The initial story in the Dallas Morning News was followed by an Associated Press story that was in turn picked up by USA TODAY (“RFK Children Speak About JFK Assassination “), NBC News, (“RFK Jr: ‘Very convincing’ evidence that JFK wasn’t killed by lone gunman”), MSN (“Rober Kennedy’s kids don’t buy lone gunman theory in JFK killing”), CBS News in Washington (“RFK Jr: Evidence ‘Very Convincing’ Lone Gunman Did Not Kill JFK”), and Taegen Goddard’s popular Political Wire blog (“RFK Jr. says JFK wasn’t killed by lone gunman”).
The range of interest in the political blogosphere is especially striking. The reliably conservative New York Post ran the story; so did the libertarian DailyPaul. In a front page story for the conservative Breitbart.com, Paul Bigelow writes:
There have always been those who doubted the Warren Commission’s conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the JFK assassination. Now, they have an interesting ally: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., has now said what many Americans have suspected and some historians have at times hinted: his father Robert F. Kennedy had serious doubts about whether President John F. Kennedy was killed by a lone gunman — and suspected the possible involvement of organized crime.
“Just what was new was hard to figure,” wrote a baffled Dallas Morning News editorial writer Rodger Jones after the event.
No, its not that hard to figure: A scion of the Kennedy family came to the place of his family’s tragedy and revealed a fact not known to most Americans: that his father, the slain president’s brother, never believed the official theory that JFK was killed by one man alone and unaided.
Nothing like this has never happened before. That’s why Americans regardless of their ideological views are interested. As I wrote yesterday, I think this news that will change the media discussion of JFK’s assassination on the 50th anniversary of the Dallas tragedy later this year.