No. No. No.
That false and libelous claim, “KOCH FAMILY Had Role In JFK Assassination,” popped up in my Twitter feed today.
— Skook (@skookerG) February 2, 2015
This bogus claim, I’m sorry to say, was written by a progressive grandmother “who loves all of God’s children.” If only she loved historical truth as much as the divine offspring.
There is no evidence — zero, zip, nada — that the Koch family had anything to do with the events that led to the death of President Kennedy. Skook seems to have based her charge on this piece from Addicting Info, which doesn’t actually claim that the John Birch Society was involved in JFK’s murder.
What we have here is a classic example of the social media echo/distortion chamber.
The conspiratorial insinuation is derived from a couple of true facts.
The Koch family did fund the right-wing paranoia of the John Birch Society in the early 1960s. And the Dallas chapter of the John Birch Society did pay for an advertisement in the Dallas Morning News on November 22, 1963, accusing President Kennedy of treason. Later that day, President Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas. That vicious, ill-informed advertisement exemplified the hatred for the liberal president that pervaded the conservative city. It is not evidence of a crime.