By: Brianna Hoelle
Basic Information on the Murder
Who: 35th President John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald
What: The assassination of former president JFK and the subsequent death of his murderer, Lee Harvey Oswald.
When: November 22, 1963
Where: Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas
Why: Lee Harvey Oswald disapproved of US involvement in Cuba, specifically the use of force to prevent the spread of communism, and assassinated JFK due to political differences.
How: The single sniper fired three shots at JFK from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building.
Controversy Surrounding Assassination
The Dallas Times Herald printed an article on the front page featuring the assassination.
Walter Cronkite aired a news broadcast informing the nation of JFK's death.
The New York Times released a paper informing US citizens of what had happened to the president.
The Dallas Times Herald
The New York Times
Biases in the Media
Historical criticism, which is looking closely at the original text to understand the meaning, can be used to observe the JFK assassination; at this point in time, the overwhelming majority of US citizens were anti-communism and supported the US involvement in other countries when it helped prevent the spread of communism. When looking back, it can be seen that Oswald was pro-communism, thus proved by reading his Cuba posters he often passed out on street corners, and his support for the Soviet Union views, which didn’t translate well into American life.
Marxist criticism is when literally works emphasize the role of class and ideology, and challenge current social order. The assassination of JFK and the resulting media coverage can be viewed through this criticism because Lee Harvey Oswald was believed to have been a communist. Oswald lived under Soviet Union rules and supported Fidel Castro in Cuba. Oswald disapproved of US foreign policy and JFK’s involvement in Cuba, and murdered him for the difference of political opinions.
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