The Media Has Failed To Remember President John F. Kennedy
It is quite possible that this is the very first thing you will see or hear today about President John F. Kennedy. Today marks exactly 58 years since his assassination.
Have you noticed that the American media (national, state, and local) no longer remembers, to remember the assassination of the 35th President of The United States, John F. Kennedy?
President Kennedy was killed, (allegedly) by a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald shortly after 12:00 noon on November 22, 1963, as he rode in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas.
This was exactly 58 years ago, today.
Have you noticed, the American media provides little to no coverage about this whatsoever?
For the first 50 years, it led every newscast and was top-of-the-fold of every newspaper in America.
I went to the online edition of the local daily newspaper, not a single mention.
I have been awake since 2:00 a.m., I haven’t heard a single mention of President Kennedy’s assassination (anywhere) on the actual day he died.
I’ve been pondering this question on and off-the-air for the past 8 years.
The only answer I can come up with is that after a certain amount of time, you’re no longer (top-of-mind) newsworthy.
Additionally, we have multiple new generations of Americans who have been born. To them, President Kennedy is someone they just don’t know much or anything about.
We should remember, to remember. It doesn’t take much effort.
President Kennedy was a visionary, who left us with the powerful message, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Here is another Don P, Hurley photo.
Exactly 58 years ago, crowds of excited people lined Main Street in Dallas, Texas.
As President Kennedy’s motorcade turned off of Main Street to Dealey Plaza at around 12:30 p.m., it passed the Texas School Book Depository, when gunfire suddenly erupted in the plaza.
Bullets struck President Kennedy in the neck and head. As he slumped over toward Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Governor John Connelly was also shot.
Reconstructionists have concluded that at least one bullet that struck President Kennedy also hit Governor Connelly.
President Kennedy’s car sped to Parkland Memorial Hospital. There wasn’t much that could be done for The President. It is believed that he would have survived the throat wound but the headshot was unrecoverable.
A Catholic Priest was called to administer the last rites. At 1:00 p.m., President Kennedy was pronounced dead.
Many forget, Governor Connelly was seriously wounded, but, would fully recover. Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Nellie Connelly were not struck during the shooting.
President Kennedy’s body was brought to Love Field without delay and placed on Air Force One. With Mrs. Kennedy, still wearing her blood-stained dress (which she said to let them see what has been done here), as Lyndon B. Johnson took the oath of office from U.S. District Court Judge Sarah Hughes.
This brief and completely unnecessary ceremony took place at 2:38 p.m., as by the United States Constitution, Johnson was already the Acting President of The United States.
Everything happened so fast on this life-changing day. Within one hour of President Johnson’s swearing-in, police arrested Oswald.
Many don’t know that Oswald was a recently hired employee at the Texas School Book Depository.
It is also believed that Oswald shot and killed Dallas Police Officer J.D. Tippitt on the street.
In keeping with how fast things were moving at this time, on Sunday, November 24, 1963, Oswald was set to be transferred from police headquarters to the county jail.
On live television, Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby.
President Kennedy’s funeral was just one day later on Monday, November 25, 1963, when The President was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
An eternal flame for President Kennedy has burned without interruption ever since.
The American media, and we, the American people should remember, to remember the life and tragic death of President John F. Kennedy.
NOTE: There is a profound bust of President John F. Kennedy, (pictured above) on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City directly across from the historic Boardwalk Hall at Kennedy Plaza. If you never have done it before … check it out.
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