John F. Kennedy's Assassination

By: Bethany Bourne

The Event and Background Information

On November 22, 1963 in Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald. The motive behind the assassination is unknown and has been the cause of the conspiracy.

Who: President John F. Kennedy and Texas Governor John Conally are shot by Lee Harvey Oswald

What: JFK is assassinated, John Conally is wounded, and Lee Harvey Oswald is the assassin

When: November 22, 1963 in early after

Where: Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas

How: Lee Harvey Oswald fired three shots from the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository.

The Controversy

After the assassination, many people were left wondering why he was killed. There are many conspiracies around his death. The conspiracy theories range from an attack by the Soviet Union to a planned attack by John F. Kennedy's Vice President, Lyndon B. Johnson. President Lyndon Johnson organized the Warren Commission to investigate JFK's assassination. The Warren Commission added more controversy to the event.

Media Portrayals of the Event

The media portrayed the event in several different ways, most revolving around Lee Harvey Oswald. Some of the media outlets portrayed Oswald as a Communist determined to spread Communism. Oswald was also portrayed as a Revolutionary who was trying to better America by killing John F. Kennedy.

Bias in the Media

After reading several articles about this event, I found Bias by Selection and Bias through Labels to be the most commonly used to portray the event. The authors of the articles limited the sources they used to support their view. Authors also used Bias through Labels to create labels for different people involved in the event that would support their view. In one article, the author refers to Lee Harvey Oswald as a "poor student who often got in trouble," "an oddball," and "a self-described Marxist." The author also only selected sources who would benefit his story because he wanted to make sure his audience knew who Oswald really was.

Criticisms in the Media

This event can be best examined under Historical Criticism and Marxist Criticism. This event can be examined under Historical Criticism because we know about the time period and the events leading up to the assassination. Historical Criticism affects the perception of this event because we know about the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Warren Commission which affect how we view this event and our feelings about the people involved in it. Marxist Criticism is a good way to examine this event because some media outlets portrayed the event to have been caused by economical beliefs. Knowing that we were in the middle of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, if Oswald was a Communist or Marxist, he would have had strong views on the economy which could have made it feel it was necessary to kill John F. Kennedy. If he was supported by the Soviet Union, he could have felt that the reward for killing JFK was worth the consequences.

Works Cited

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