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Letter: Despite Lowry's rant, there was no liberal conspiracy

Published November 27, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Re Rich Lowry's "The Kennedy conspiracy in plain sight," Opinion. Nov. 22): Huh? On Nov. 22, 1963, I was walking the campus of my school, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, when news quickly spread that President Kennedy had been shot.

Being a liberal New Yorker (are there any other kind?) I was shocked, dismayed, stunned. It became clear, except to conspiracy theorists, that the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was a deranged commie wannabe, who was unfortunately a good shot. The media coverage in New York, including the very liberal (in those days) New York Post, confirmed this view.

No liberal at the time, or since that I know of, saw JFK as a martyr to civil rights. In fact, we thought JFK was weak on civil rights, not much different from Eisenhower who had preceded him. True federal support of civil rights was spearheaded by Lyndon Johnson, JFK's successor.

So to read Rich Lowry claiming that there was some liberal conspiracy involving JFK's assassination is just a typical example of setting up a false straw dog in order to find yet another bogus way to somehow discredit liberalism. Yuck.

Michael A. Kalm, M.D.

Salt Lake City