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February 2014

The many misunderstandings of Richard Hofstadter

by Fred Siegel

Dubbed “the second Mencken,” Richard Hofstadter's scholarship is riddled with errors.

Editor’s note: A version of this essay was delivered at a symposium sponsored by The New Criterion on “The Kennedy Phenomenon” on November 19, 2013. Additional papers from the symposium will be published in future issues.

The Kennedy Assassination is not a whodunit. Cranks and conspiracy adherents aside, it’s clear that Oswald did it and did it alone. Nonetheless there is still a great mystery surrounding the Kennedy assassination—and I’m not referring to Jack Ruby. The mystery is this: Why is it that American liberals have been so unable to assimilate Oswald’s left-wing identity into their account of the assassination?

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Fred Siegel is the author of The Revolt Against the Masses (Encounter) and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.

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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 32 February 2014, on page 4

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The Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity
On May 5, 2014, The New Criterion and PJ Media presented the second Walter Duranty Prize for Journalistic Mendacity. The award is given to highlight egregious examples of dishonest reporting. Also awarded this year was the Rather, a new award for lifetime achievement in mendacious journalism.
The Duranty Prize is named after Walter Duranty, the New York Times Moscow corresponded in the 1920s and 1930s who whitewashed Joseph Stalin’s forced starvation of the Ukrainians (the Holodomor) and many other aspects of Soviet oppression. Duranty was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his efforts. It has never been revoked.
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Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
Roger Kimball introduces The Kennedy Phenomenon, a conference presented by The New Criterion on Tuesday, November 19.

The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"
Roger Kimball reads Peter Collier’s paper on oft-overlooked unsavory details of the Kennedys' lives. Much of the paper is drawn from Collier’s book, coauthored with David Horowitz, The Kennedys: An American Drama.