Left-wing NPR Dallas Reporter Twists History To Smear Right, GOP for JFK's Death
In the midst of taxpayer-subsidized NPR's week of John F. Kennedy / utopian Democratic president idolatry (four full hours plus 22 stories--plus others that discussed him), NPR's Dallas reporter and anti-conservative sermonizer Wade Goodwyn slandered the right and the GOP by shifting blame for President Kennedy's assassination. In his "reporting," the far-left Alinskyite community organizer turned NPR reporter played fast and loose with the facts, selectively quoted left-leaning writers, and provided his own subjective interpretation of history to lay the blame for Kennedy's death on Goodwyn's political opponents.
In his November 21 All Things Considered rant, Goodwyn presented a left-wing funhouse-of-mirrors version of 1963 Dallas. He falsely claimed that the Dallas Morning News chose to border its front page in black on the day of Kennedy's Dallas visit. The truth is that the black bordering was on a paid advertisement--on Page 14. Goodwyn went on and on about the hateful right-wing leaders in Dallas and how they were responsible for Kennedy's assassination. Despite his piece being drenched in politics, Goodwyn never bothered to mention that the lone killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, was a far-left communist who just seven months earlier attempted to assassinate another prominent anti-communist in Dallas.
Goodwyn's misrepresentations continued with a brazen attempt to falsify the party affiliation of Dallas's elected officials at the time. He speaks warmly about how Dallas has abandoned its legacy of hate by wisely electing Democrats in recent years ("seven years ago, Dallas turned blue"). What Goodwyn doesn't reveal is that the mayor of Dallas at the time of the Kennedy assassination was a Democrat, as was that mayor's long-serving predecessor. Nor does he mention the fact that the first mayor elected after Kennedy's assassination, Erik Jonsson, was a Republican.
In addition to Goodwyn's misrepresentations, he uses brief quotes from two left-leaning writers to make his case that the right in Dallas was responsible for Kennedy's death. What Goodwyn doesn't say is that both writers, Steve Blow and Lawrence Wright, don't actually share Goodwyn's enthusiasm for blame-shifting responsibility away from Oswald and onto right-wing leaders in Dallas. First, Blow's view on the matter:
By now it should be clear to all that the political fringe in Dallas had no influence on Lee Oswald. The Marxist wannabe was too wrapped up in the drama in his own head to pay attention to others.
And Wright's view:
It was a shock how much the world hated us—and why? Oswald was only dimly a Dallasite. He was a Marxist and an atheist; you could scarcely call him a product of the city. He was, if anything, the Anti-Dallas, the summation of everything we hated and feared. How could we be held responsible for him?
Despite Goodwyn's promotion of the conspiracy theory of phantom right-wingers loading Oswald's gun and compelling him to pull the trigger, the reality is that his own father, far-left political activist and professor Lawrence Goodwyn, could be more easily loaded up with political blame for Kennedy's death than Dallas right-wingers.
A prime reason for Kennedy's political trip to Texas was to smooth over tensions between conservative Texas Democrat Governor John Connally and liberal Texas Democrats Ralph Yarborough and Don Yarborough (no relation). Goodwyn was a top staffer for U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough and founded and led a left-wing group (Democratic Coalition) that both attacked Connally and promoted his upcoming opponent Don Yarborough. Just two months prior to Kennedy's assassination, a September 18, 1963 New York Times article mentions how the "militance" of Goodwyn's group "precipitated a spectacular clash" with Connally.
Not only is Goodwyn responsible for this reckless piece of "journalism," but so are his editors and NPR's news management. It seems that Goodwyn is accustomed to not having his pieces go through that pesky process called fact-checking. It should come as no surprise that a far-left political activist like Goodwyn who suddenly reemerged as a reporter on NPR would put out such political propaganda (one that hilariously includes radical-left Goodwyn calling 1963 Dallas leaders "radicals"). He still actively participates in events and competitions for the very liberal Texas Observer (as does longtime NPR News fixture Robert Siegel), former home of left-wing bomb-thrower Molly Ivins.
Excerpts from Goodwyn's November 21 All Things Considered sermon (emphasis mine):
GOODWYN: If the world would like to [sic] evidence that Dallas is no longer the city of hate, look no further than this stage. Here, a Dutch conductor leads an orchestra of black, white, Hispanic and Asian musicians, men and women... [Goodwyn conveniently failed to mention that the very next year after the Kennedy assassination, Dallas elected a mayor with an obviously foreign name spelling--Erik Jonsson, whose parents emigrated from Sweden to the U.S. a few years before his birth]
GOODWYN: The day Kennedy arrived at Dallas Love Field, the front page of the Dallas Morning News was bordered in black. The right-wing radicals and John Birchers who dominated the city despised Kennedy. The president's brother and Attorney General Bobby Kennedy, was using the Justice Department to advance the cause of civil rights. And JFK wanted to reduce or even eliminate subsidies for the oil industry, which infuriated the Dallas oilmen.
LAWRENCE WRIGHT: You know, it was a kind of Camelot of the right. George Wallace came to Dallas to announce his decision to run for president, for instance. We had Barry Goldwater, who was a senator in Arizona, but he was always in Dallas.
GOODWYN: After the assassination, a grieving nation turned its anger upon Dallas. The feeling was if the city leaders didn't actually pull Lee Harvey Oswald's trigger, they practically loaded the gun. For the first time in its swaggering existence, Dallas was ashamed of itself.
GOODWYN: Change took decades. The first step toward rehabilitation, interestingly enough,was the Dallas Cowboys with their skimpily clad cheerleaders, and head coach in his funny-looking Fedora. They called themselves America's Team, a quiet plea for acceptance: Let us back in.
GOODWYN: The Earth turned and decades passed. Seven years ago, Dallas turned blue [that is, to the Democratic Party], its district attorney is black, the sheriff lesbian. But like the stain on Lady Macbeth, the blood of a murdered president does not come out easily.
GOODWYN: Tomorrow, Dallas will take one more turn at the washbasin of redemption, 50 years after the fact, wanting to cleanse its hands, its soul, once and for all. Wade Goodwyn, NPR News, Dallas.