Morning News Keeps the Silence Rolling on the JFK Anniversary Controversy

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Story by Rudy Bush in today's Dallas Morning Pravda about plans to refurbish Dealey Plaza, the place where Dallas killed Kennedy. Typical straight-up just-the-facts news objective reporting, don't you know. Except the story ends with a fund-raising appeal: "Those interested in providing assistance can donate to the Dealey Plaza Restoration Project maintained by the Dallas Foundation."

Hmm. You see that more in junk mail than news stories.

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Also, even though the story talks a lot about the upcoming 50th anniversary of the day Dallas killed Kennedy (November 22, 2013), and even though most of the people it names as wanting to spruce up Dealey Plaza for the 50th are Dallas Morning News-related people considered to be sort of at the heart of the assassination story, and even though they also dominate the effort to shut down free speech at the 50th, and even though people on the other side of the question have threatened an Occupy-style protest if they don't back off, Bush forgets in his piece to mention even a single syllable of this controversy.

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Story only talks about the spruce-up fix-up and the fund-raising. Yeah. I love that paper. They always say I'd be out of business if I didn't have them to rag on. To which I always say, "Yes."

Why do I call it the day Dallas killed Kennedy? It's what the late Stanley Marcus, impresario the Neiman Marcus stores, told me when I interviewed him almost 30 years ago. He told me that in the decade leading up to the murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy in Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963, Dallas leaders tolerated and even fostered an atmosphere of anti-American extremism that eventually had to produce a Lee Harvey Oswald or similar assassin, or, as I believe we would call him in today's parlance, terrorist. You may or may not know that Marcus pleaded with the White House not to let JFK visit Dallas that day because he was so worried about violence. They ignored his telegram.

In his 1967 book Death of President, William Manchester (respected journalist of his time, not an assassination nutjob) singled out the owners of the The Dallas Morning News as central players in that climate. So now a half-century later we have the same people pulling the puppet strings, using the Sixth Floor Museum, their private mouthpiece, to shut down debate at the 50th by giving the museum an exclusive permit to control the plaza for the entire week, even though the museum has no events planned.

In fact, that's what it's going to be on all the banners. "Nov. 22, 2013: No Events."
Oh, but wouldn't you know, it's all about sprucing things up, making sure we don't look like poor people. As long as we're fancy, we're bullet-proof. We can tell the people who think we killed Kennedy to go screw themselves.

That's the real message in today's Dallas Morning Pravda, and if you give those guys one nickel that is what you will be supporting. A half century goes by, and these people are still playing to the same stereotype. You give them money for this, and so will you be.

The more I look at the whole thing, the better I see the real joke. These people are all terrified that a bunch of son-of-a-bitching world press types are going to flood into the city for the 50th and make us all look bad. I seriously doubt that.

You know what the real question probably is in most people's minds when you mention John Fitzgerald Kennedy? "Uh, is he that guy on the rum billboards?" It's too long. Nobody remembers. Nobody cares. We're all sitting here, me included, stirring this pot that no one outside of Dallas gives a shit about.

So why do I do it? Well, on that question, the Morning News people are right. I pick on them because it's ... so ... damned ... easy.

Emperor comes out on stage with new crown, fancy blouse, tons of bling, etc. So I'm the guy in the crowd who yells out, "Hey you forgot your pants, Bozo!" You know somebody's gonna do it.

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tunebaby100
tunebaby100

     From NYC. Let's get this straight. Understandably, the City of Dallas is trying to sweep the 50th JFK coup d'etat anniversary under the proverbial rug entirely.  Can't be done.  A lot of influential folks have labored MIGHTILY  lo these past 5 DECADES to quash meaningful discourse on this United States government  ATROCITY.

    That this military-takeout occurred in the right-wing extremist hotbed of Dallas was more coincidence than anything else.  Following the October '63 assault,  in Dallas,  of UN Ambassador,  former POTUS candidate Adlai Stevenson,  the subsequent November 22nd Texas coup murder of JFK had a lot of folks worldwide thinking  "Ah, that makes a lot of sense that it occurred THERE! "   The truth lies elsewhere, though.    

    The CIA, for whatever reason,  simply couldn't get it done in the mere days-previous Chicago or Tampa motorcades.

catbird
catbird

As I understand it from Jim Mars, JFK was killed by the Military Industrial Complex for refusing to supply air support to the Bay of Pigs invasion force and for moving the US away from a more serious involvement in Viet Nam...Organized Crime and the CIA were the perps and Oswald was the patsy.

 

Dallas has nothing to do with it.

MisterMean
MisterMean

The Dallas Morning News seems to be silent on a lot of news.   Censorship is also about the failure to report or by omission of news worthy items-something I have repeatedly observed by the DMN.

don.abbott
don.abbott

A "patriotic" strip-joint operator with Mafia ties.  Friday night watching Oswald like a hawk.  Saturday, hanging out in the hallway outside Robbery/Homicide.  Sunday, allowed into a "secure" area.  But I'm sure the Warren Commission covered all of that.  Even as we speak, Arlen Specter is explaining it all to the big guy.

kduble
kduble

Schutze, much as I consider myself one of your fans, I must say you have anger issues. In 2013, the JFK assassination will be remembered in a predominately Democratic city more racially diverse, progressive and tolerant than the San Francisco of November 1963. Only a small number of Dallas residents were even living in Dallas in 1963; most of us weren't alive at all.

 

Perhaps you believe the non-Christians need to get out and raise a ruckus on Easter and women who never bore children should make some noise on Mother's Day. This is a free country, we have that right. But, if I support the right of people to pass out literature on the anniversary, it doesn't keep me from disdaining them for the kooks they are. Forget the reputation of Dallas. For the sake of the family and for those of us who continue to grieve: Please, people. Don't.

LakeWWWooder
LakeWWWooder

For a town of 600 something-thousand, Dallas gave a huge reception to the Kennedy parade. Thousands skipped school with the permission of their parents and principals.  I know some who were watching from R. L. Thornton's office.  As for "Dallas leaders", just about all of them were waiting at Trammell Crow's Market Center to give JFK a huge luncheon.  If you've ever seen footage of this, you will see that many people were visibly shocked and upset when the  news of the assassination reached them.  

 

I just don't buy that "Dallas killed Kennedy".

roo_ster
roo_ster

Good Lord, Jimbo, you & Stanley sure go out of your way to pin on "extremist" right-wing "Dallas" the actions of a communist who shot at JFK and a John Bircher for being too right-wing. 

 

Get it through your skull: progressivism and one of its demented offspring killed JFK.

trueheart
trueheart

I was alive the day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas,living in Fort Worth, Texas.  I donot require assisted living, nor do I "bang drums" in remembering that day.  I do emphatically state that killing a president is a most grievous sin, regardless of who committed the crime.  Dealy Square should be a memorial to a dead president and should be respected as such.

gkarjr
gkarjr

Remind me to be out of town about this time next year.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

They are just sprucing up the place. No one cares if the typical collection of tinfoil hat losers espousing some asinine conspiracy want to express its right to share the Truth. Since probably 95 per cent of Dallas either was not here or even born from people that were here in 1963, why do you keep banging this drum about some grievous sin committed by people that were here? For some people I guess the 1960's just live on and on and on. Increasingly those people will replay their moments from assisted living centers and nursing homes. At least the heroes of Normandy won a war and we honor their right to remember it. Your generation WATCHED while a loser shot a President. Why do you remind us of badly you compare?

parisrec
parisrec

Another event that was part of the atmosphere was an attack on Adlai Stevenson by demonstators in which he was spat upon and struck by placards.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

Who said Dallas did it because Dallas was right-wing? What's wrong with just being nuts?

trudat
trudat

 @catbird

 catbird...read  some more...learn some more

trudat
trudat

 @kduble

 If JFK was a member of my family, I'd want to know today that the public actively supported me in my quest for answers and justice even if it did take place 50 years ago.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

 @kduble I'm sorry you view people who have non-conformist views as kooks, but the real anger issue here is in  the mentality of people who want to shut them down, or, as in the case of Robert Groden, arrest them and lock them huwhen they have broken no law.  That, sir, is, anger. My feelings fall more in the area of outrage.

trudat
trudat

 @LakeWWWooder

 Well don't buy it.  But don't ignore the historic fact that large numbers of people here were vehemently against JFK  and the possibility of local participation in the assasination is worthy of logical consideration.

trudat
trudat

 @trueheart

 ...and the constitution and all those "rights" like freedom to express yourself and freedom to peaceably assemble to express yourself with others who agree with you should not apply at dead president memorials even if the dead president was for that kind of stuff...right?...

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @trueheart why is it so grievious when a president is killed?  How many of us do they kill?  a 1/1,000,000 ratio is still in their favor.  Don't weep for them.  Every president, every leader is a tyrant to half his people. 

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@trueheart That is exactly what the emphasis of that day should be: on a man who gave his life for his country. It should not be on some supposed whacked out theories on who killed this hero or what the so-called contributing climate was. People striving to use the day for those purposes are losers just like the man that shot our President.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

 @parisrec Also Sen. Fullbright. And LBJ and Lady Bird, assaulted at the Adolphus, as I recall, by Republican/Bircher ladies in red, white and blue uniforms. This was the town that attacked people.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@JimSX - Right-wing nuts, Jim, you know that as well as anyone. Now you're being disingenuous.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

 @JimSX  @kduble Poor Schutze, the occu turfers failed to deliver the storming of the Winter Palace.  Maybe kooks will get Schutze the attention he feels he deserves from the powers that be.  The truth is most cities would have shut Groden down years ago.  

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@JimSX @kduble How is your good buddy Mr. Groden any different from those kooks that go to military funerals to protest something about gays and military? He and they have a point of view and exploit the grief and ceremony attached to one of our fallen warriors to gain attention. JFK is the same as any other warrior slain in Iraq or Afghanistan. Yes outrage is appropriate when zipperheads exploit the sacrifice of men and women they could never be and no matter how much they read, will never understand.

roo_ster
roo_ster

 @JimSX  @kduble Yeah, these folks are kooks.  One of them used to live across the street from me, so I got a dose of the conspiracy theorist kookery every once in a while, since I was the only neighbor who would talk with him.  He made a lot more sense, the more beers I had before/while talking to him.  

 

Anyways, kooks or not, doesn't mean they have less right to be on the streets/sidewalks than anybody else, though if they become obnoxious, I reserve the right to shove them and their tinfoil hats out of the way.

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@scottindallas @trueheart What a truly asinine comment. Our President whatever outward political actions remains our head of state, commander-in-chief, and really the only person that we collectively selected. When someone kills or tries to kill that person, he or she attacks everyone. Though I strongly disagree with 75 per cent of our current President's actions, I respect the man that assumed the burden for the rest of us. His loss would say our action of making a choice, successful or not, does not matter. Each time a President completes his or her term, it is a victory for every citizen that says our system works.

trudat
trudat

 @MikeWestEast  @trueheart

 People who use the day for that purpose are exercising and standing up for the constitutional principles that the president supposedly stood for.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

 @JimSX  @parisrec This was the town that attacked people - Nonsense - A fat lady popped Stevenson with a cardboard sign and some protesters were rude and spit at the Johnsons.  Compared to the bombings, burnings and riots the were occurring in other cities in the USA around the same time frame Dallas was snoozeville.

WhiteWhale
WhiteWhale

 @JimSX  @parisrec Most cities were far more violent and full of hate.  Compared to Detroit, Dallas was the city of love.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @JimSX  @parisrec And people with ideological feathers more similar to your own were attacking and spitting on US servicemen returning from Vietnam.  That didn't happen just in Dallas, by the way, but in Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, New York, etc etc.  Can we, by extension, infer that the leadership of these fine cities also fostered a culture of Anti-American hatred and vitriol?

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@ScottsMerkin @JimSX - in this case you want to talk only about right nuts and a right wing city. That's fine, you have a factual leg to stand on. When you try and carry that over to the assassination by a communist, then the narrative crumbles.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@ScottsMerkin @JimSX - Unless it's a left-wing nut, then ideology suddenly becomes irrelevant.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Daniel @albert.finney000 @RTGolden1 - I will remind the two friends who were not spit on when they got back that the cans of Schlitz thrown at them from a Volkswagen bug on 70th contained beer, not spit, ant the peace signs all over the bug were coincidence.

JimSX
JimSX topcommenter

 @RTGolden1  @Daniel  @parisrec I do remember fraternity boys, not hippies, jeering at my brother when he came home from Viet Nam and thought it would be cool to wear his Navy uniform on State Street. They were all about, "How many babies did you kill over there?" My brother was a corpsman who carried medicine out to the village as part  of :Hearts and Minds." The fraternity-boy anti-war part of the anti-war movement dried up with the lottery and better student deferments. In fact, ever since then we started allowing the 53-percenters to buy their way out of war, war has been a lot more popular with their parents. It'll be 2080 before we ever figure out Viet Nam.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

 @Daniel  @JimSX  @parisrec Actually it isn't an urban myth, and I know that for a fact.  My father was spat upon when he returned.  I don't know where you got hippies from, I never mentioned them.  My father actually admired the hippies for taking a stand for what they believed in, even though his beliefs were cross-ways from theirs.

I don't think my father was cowing to collective memory.  He told me about his return from Vietnam before my first deployment.  He said he didn't think it would happen to me, but admonished me to keep my head high and myself aloof, no matter what welcome awaited me on my return.

Daniel
Daniel

 @albert.finney000  @RTGolden1 It is American to create strawmen and promenade them up and down the avenue. Apparently. Because the whole they-spit-on-American-soldiers meme is bullshit. But as long as our partisan bickering has come down to exhuming the ghosts of the past: Is it American, Albert, to support institutionalized racial segregation? 

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @RTGolden1 - Is it American to spit on US servicemen? That's the relevant question.

Daniel
Daniel

 @RTGolden1  @JimSX  @parisrec RTG, that's an urban myth and you probably know it. Can you cite specific examples of hippies spitting on returning servicemen? I don't discount that it may have happened somewhere once, but there are no substantiated instances. That narrative probably originated with someone in the Nixon campaign. 

 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @RTGolden1  "Anti-American"?  Is it "American" to invade foreign countries for no reason, then slaughter their people?

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