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On the 50th Anniversary of JFK'

Posted on the 22 November 2013 by Doggone
50th Anniversary JFK'I was reminded last weekend by an interview with one of the then cub reporters who covered the trip to Dallas of President and Mrs. Kennedy that they went to Dallas in spite of intense opposition to the JFK presidency.
There is a specific lesson to be learned from that day, about the hatred of conservatives for our Presidents.
In point of fact, at the airport, this cub reporter mentioned people picketing, people chanting, calling JFK a Socialist, a Marxist, a Communist, with words that are virtually identical to those used by the modern radical right 50 years later.  The radical conservatives of both the Democratic and Republican parties did not portray JFK AS Hitler, the way they do Obama, but the radical right is now making up for that by portraying JFK as being pro-Hitler.  And as these images show, that continues - the Daily Mail, a reprehensible UK tabloid, featured the second image here in May 2013.
On the 50th Anniversary of JFK'
It is worth noting that a lot of bogus crap about Hitler and about other public figures, past and present, have been promoted over the years, in spite of being quite false.
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and from TownHall.com, a 'Conservative news' site (heavy on the 'Con' as in fake, not so heavy on news):

One Man's Hitler Fascination

Brent Bozell | May 29, 2013 Brent Bozell
On the 50th Anniversary of JFK' Here's a story you probably haven't heard, unless you read Drudge or Breitbart. The Independent in the U.K. has published a story (from which I pull freely), as have a couple of Jewish outlets. That's all I can find. You tell me if it qualifies as "news" that the "news " media should be covering.
It involves a young man who would someday become one of the best-known and most powerful men in the world. A new book is out. It explores recently uncovered diaries kept by this young man. The journal entries document his fascination with Adolf Hitler and Nazism.
This young man traveled to Germany three times between 1937 and 1945. Clearly he admired the Germans -- and that includes the racial imperatives of Nazism. The Independent reveals this entry logged after he visited the Rhine in 1937:
"Very beautiful, because there are many castles along the route. The towns are all charming which shows that the Nordic races appear to be definitely superior to their Latin counterparts. The Germans are really too good -- that's why people conspire against them -- they do it to protect themselves."
By today's standards, that sentiment is clearly racist. It glorifies Aryans as "superior" to brown people. (If you doubt me, contact your local La Raza office, read them that passage, and solicit a comment or two.)
This young man wrote as well: "I have come to the conclusion that fascism is right for Germany and Italy. What are the evils of fascism compared to communism?" His travelling companion, Lem Billings, would later state that the young man was "completely consumed by his interest for the Hitler movement."
The young man would return to Germany after the war, in 1945, and after visiting Hitler's famous "Eagle's Nest" mountain-top retreat, would write that, "Anyone who has visited these places can imagine how in a few years, Hitler will emerge from the hate that now surrounds him and come to be regarded as one of the most significant figures that ever lived. There is something mysterious about the way he lived and died and which will outlive him and continue to flourish. He was made of the stuff of legends."
This man was 20 in 1937. It is undeniable that any pro-Nazi sentiments that might have existed in his youth -- his father was a public apologist for Hitler -- evaporated with time. Still, this man was one of the most prominent men of the 20th century. How could this not be of interest to the media?
You can hear the explanations. They are what the press had to say to justify not reporting the late Senator Robert Byrd's membership in the KKK.
It's not news. He was young and naive. This is in some respects true. There is no "hard" news here, but how often do we find news reports about a prominent person's past? George W. Bush for one would find this curious. How many stories -- hundreds? -- were filed about his wild partying days at roughly the same age?
TownHall.com features a lot of right wing extremist blogs, like Hot Air.  It shouldn't surprise anyone that this is a right wing propaganda sit, not a legitimate news outlet.
Townhall.com is a web-based publication and a print magazine with a conservative viewpoint, primarily dedicated to conservative United States politics. It was previously operated by the Heritage Foundation, but is now owned and operated by Salem Communications. Townhall.com, which publishes daily, features more than 80 columns (both syndicated and exclusive) by writers such as Jack Bouroudjian, Dennis Prager, Neal Boortz, Ann Coulter, Dinesh D'Souza, Larry Elder, Jonah Goldberg, Rebecca Hagelin, Paul Jacob, Paul Kengor, David Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Michelle Malkin, the late Robert Novak, Thomas Sowell, Jacob Sullum, Mike Adams, Matt Lewis, Amanda Carpenter, Fred Thompson, Jeb Bush, Lisa De Pasquale, Bruce Bialosky, Cal Thomas and John Hawkins. It also publishes news from the Associated Press. Its columnists often appear as guest commentators on C-SPAN, MSNBC, CNN, and the Fox News Channel.

The problem is, of course, that I cannot find any verification or validation for any of these claims about JFK. They have as little legitimacy as the fake Kenya birth certificates the crazies, like Orly Taitz, keep manufacturing for President Obama. Not one single serious source has repeated this nonsense. But it is a great example of the lengths to which the radical right will go to lie, and how much they embrace belief in things which are not true and how deeply the hatred goes.

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