Headline RoundupNovember 24th, 2023

The Assassination of John F. Kennedy, 60 Years Later

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Wednesday marked 60 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, sparking media perspectives.

Public Opinion: Gallup (Center bias) found that 60 years after Kennedy’s assassination, a majority of Americans believe in conspiracies. Generally speaking, Gallup’s numbers found that those who believe the official narrative are more educated or Democrats, while Republicans, Independents, and less educated believe Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone. Gallup says Kennedy is still the most popular former president and cited declining trust in government for increasing sentiments that the government was involved in the assassination.

A Conspiracy Climate: An analysis from Time Magazine (Lean Left bias) said the continued fascination with JFK conspiracy theories provides context for how conspiracy theories “continue to dominate American politics today.” It says the assassination created a climate that opened the door for conspiracies surrounding Martin Luther King Jr., Watergate, and Vietnam, among others. It does not, however, that not all the files pertaining to JFK’s assassination have been made public by the U.S. government, calling this “one big reason” the conspiracies persist.

Spun By The Left: An opinion for The American Spectator (Right bias) said Oswald was a communist, and that the communists of the time weaved theories to fool the American public into believing an alternate theory. It highlighted Oswald’s defection to the Soviet Union and ties to communist figures and organizations, and argued that in controversial historical events like the killing of Malcolm X or the people of Jonestown, “the culprit is whoever best serves the Left’s agenda.”

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