It's not surprising that coverage of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination has been overwhelmingly effusive. When it comes to history, profit-minded mass media readily reinforce what Americans want to believe. And just two years ago, CNN reported that 85 percent of Americans believe that no president was better at his job than when JFK occupied the White House.
Offering a reality check to what it called “misty-eyed memories and assessments, “ the respected Kiplinger News Letter released the 1963 story it was about to publish but pulled right after the assassination. In its scathing analysis, Kiplinger said Kennedy would probably win a second term despite having lost the confidence of both main street and Capitol Hill:
“Kennedy’s political stock is probably at its lowest point…even lower than after the Bay of Pigs. Doubts about him are bipartisan, a consequence of irritations over civil rights and Washington scandals and a fouled up Congress…the evidence of indifferent leadership… Kennedy’s biggest problem is his loss of POPULAR support for the broad legislative program he thought Congress would pass for him.”
See the whole 1963 story here.