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In this episode, we go myth busting. Our target is "Camelot" itself. It's the 60th anniversary of the election of John F. Kennedy and since his untimely death in 1963, he has been elevated to liberal sainthood by all parts of the establishment. We discuss JFK's legacy, and debunk the many enduring lies that people--from Oliver Stone to QAnon to today's liberal scholars and media-- still believe about John Kennedy's saintly acts, whose politics have lived on in Clinton, Obama, and now Joe Biden.
We get into John and Robert Kennedy's relationship with the red-baiting Joe McCarthy; and JFK's role as a civil rights "hero" (while simultaneously wire-tapping Martin Luther King). We also pierce the myth, perpetuated by Oliver Stone's film "JFK", that Kennedy wanted to withdraw troops from Vietnam and end the Cold War. December 20th is also the 29th anniversary of the release of Oliver Stone's film and we take particular aim at its falsehoods.
Thanks to Mexican Educator (@publius13) for the episode idea.
Robert Buzzanco- Masters of War: Military Dissent and Politics in the Vietnam War (http://bit.ly/2J7G3bh)
Robert Buzzanco- Vietnam and the Transformation of American Life (http://bit.ly/2HW5VFY)
CBS News: JFK and Walter Cronkite Interview (https://bit.ly/34MMKHt)
The Kennedys and Joe McCarthy (https://bit.ly/38ngPy3)
The Atlantic: The FBI and Martin Luther King (http://bit.ly/2Wvc7sH)
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