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The Kennedy Assassination Right-Wing Blame Game

10:16 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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As such, Packer will probably remain unmoved by the obvious logical problems, so I will appeal to the New Yorker writer's literary sensibility and note how passé all this is. Just last week Packer's colleague at the New Yorker, Adam Gopnik, advanced the same argument tying the JFK assassination to the Tea Party. In 2011, Frank Rich wrote a tortured essay connecting the same dots. This psuedo-conspiracy even has an impressive pedigree. Shortly after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, right as the media rushed en masse to wrongly pin it on the Tea Party, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. claimed "Uncle Jack's" death was a result of right-wing talk radio in Dallas. Naturally, this leads RFK Jr. to not so subtly suggest the "hate merchants at Fox News" might bear responsibility for Giffords's death. (RFK Jr., however, feels no culpability for harming children with his widely condemned and very public campaign claiming that the government is poisoning children with vaccines.)

So long as we're pondering the effects of "breathing extraordinarily feverish air," it might behoove Packer and all his peers straining to explain JFK's tragic end to stop hyperventilating.

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