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DID THE KENNEDY ADMINISTRATION TRY TO DRIVE REAGAN OFF THE AIR?
Power Line ^ | 12-6-2014 | John Hinderaker

Posted on 12/07/2014 6:43:03 PM PST by smoothsailing

DECEMBER 6, 2014 BY JOHN HINDERAKER

Did the Kennedy Administration Try to Drive Reagan Off the Air?

Ronald Reagan apparently detested Bobby Kennedy, another sign of Reagan’s good judgment since Kennedy was an awful human being. But this is something I hadn’t heard before: Michael Reagan says that Bobby leaned on General Electric to get Reagan off television:

[A] few months after [subpoenaing Reagan before a grand jury], Kennedy tried to get him fired from General Electric Theater. Or, at least, that’s what Reagan believed. “Dad told us he had just lost his job with GE,” Reed recalls Reagan son Michael Reagan telling him. “He said [GE President] Ralph Cordiner had called him earlier to report that he [Cordiner] had been contacted by Bobby Kennedy, who had said: ‘If you want government contracts, get Reagan off the air.’”

Is it true? Ronald and Michael Reagan are both reliable witnesses. Reagan biographer Steve Hayward can weigh in on this; he probably knows something about it.

In any event, GE’s transformation from a beacon of support for free enterprise to the poster child for crony capitalism is a sad story. There is a reason why no large, publicly-owned American company today sponsors a conservative like Reagan: they can’t risk their relationships with the federal government, which controls a large portion of the economy. This is why Charles and David Koch are unique, and why so many big businessmen regard them as traitors to their class.

Too, Bobby Kennedy is a useful reminder that liberals didn’t just become bullies recently. They have been bullies with a wide totalitarian streak from the beginning.

STEVE adds: This matter has been floating around for a long while. There really isn’t any information about it at the Reagan Library that I’ve ever seen, and I’m told there doesn’t appear to be much on it (or Reagan generally) in the GE corporate archives. If there is any documentary evidence, it would be at the JFK Library (good luck), or buried in some old Justice Department archives. My guess is that you wouldn’t find any specific references to Reagan by name; just a lot of mumbo-jumbo about GE’s market “concentration.”

I’m not sure whether the Kennedy administration antitrust inquiries into GE were specifically targeted at driving Reagan off the air. Those were the days of aggressive and stupid antitrust investigations and lawsuits or many big corporations, which I’m sure the Kennedys liked to use for general political purposes. (Recall JFK saying businessmen were “sons of bitches.”) But GE did indeed end Reagan’s broadcast and PR contract in 1962 amidst the Justice Department threatening a breakup suit.

The irony, of course, is that had GE kept Reagan on his lucrative contract, Reagan might never have decided to enter politics a few years later. So in that sense we see once again liberalism backfiring on itself.



TOPICS: History; Politics
KEYWORDS: billbradley; bobbykennedy; generalelectric; hollywood; jfk; johnfkennedy; liberalfascism; mafia; michaelreagan; presidents; ralphcordiner; rfk; robertfkennedy; robertkennedy; ronaldreagan; ronaldusmagnus; stevehayward
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Some interesting background...

Author: Bobby Kennedy Was Ronald Reagan’s ‘Supreme Villain’

1 posted on 12/07/2014 6:43:03 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

bump


2 posted on 12/07/2014 6:49:01 PM PST by timestax (American Media = Domestic Enemy)
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To: smoothsailing

Look what happened to Boraxo !


3 posted on 12/07/2014 6:50:58 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: smoothsailing

In 1965 Reagan and Kennedy participated in a transatlantic TV debate with upper house Oxford students, one of whom was Bill Bradley. Ronald Reagan so totally demolished Bobby that Kennedy berated his handlers and told them never to allow him to share the same venue as Reagan again.


4 posted on 12/07/2014 6:59:10 PM PST by xkaydet65
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To: smoothsailing
Robert Kennedy was one of the filthiest creatures to ever walk American soil.It’s not even slightly surprising that he should use immoral...and illegal...tactics to silence Reagan.
5 posted on 12/07/2014 7:02:12 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter;No Longer The Worst President In My Lifetime)
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To: gusopol3

I have little doubt. Kennedy and his POS family were democrats and then like now they will lie, cheat, steal and even murder to have their way.

Democrats are a curse on the Constitution.


6 posted on 12/07/2014 7:03:18 PM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: smoothsailing

Reagan also detested John Kennedy, and labeled him a Marxist.


7 posted on 12/07/2014 7:05:18 PM PST by ansel12
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To: smoothsailing

Ask Bocephus about Monday Night Football.


8 posted on 12/07/2014 7:05:51 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: gusopol3

https://www.youtube.com/v/oT8ZS_Ptqdg


9 posted on 12/07/2014 7:12:11 PM PST by smoothsailing (Mel Kaminsky for President!!!)
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To: smoothsailing
Ronald Reagan apparently detested Bobby Kennedy

The word "apparently" is a cue that the author of this piece has no bonafide evidence that Reagan detested Kennedy.

So, the only plausible conclusion is that Kennedy detested Reagan, but the author just can't bring himself to admit that Kennedy was anything less than a choirboy.

If Ronald Reagan truly was the type of person who "detested" another person, he would not have been able have the self-control to do what he did at Reykjavik.

10 posted on 12/07/2014 7:21:05 PM PST by Slyfox (To put on the mind of George Washington read ALL of Deuteronomy 28, then read his Farewell Address)
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To: smoothsailing

Wow, thanks for that. He couldn’t have known at that point that wasn’t his “little angel” he was talking with there, could he.


11 posted on 12/07/2014 7:39:48 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks smoothsailing.


12 posted on 12/07/2014 7:46:56 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______________________Celebrate the Polls, Ignore the Trolls)
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To: smoothsailing

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13 posted on 12/07/2014 7:52:13 PM PST by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: smoothsailing

Why doesn’t that link work for me?


14 posted on 12/07/2014 7:57:47 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I recall a story about a man who was so nasty and so thoroughly loathed by everyone in his community that when it came to his funeral, they were hard put to find anything nice to say about him.

Finally one man ventured, "He was a good whistler."

Bobby Kennedy traveled all the way to Wisconsin to attend Joseph McCarthy's funeral. Let that suffice--I don't know if RFK was a good whistler.

15 posted on 12/07/2014 8:03:54 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

There’s a Jewish joke that goes similarly: “We will not bury this man until someone can eulogize him with complimentary words....” [hours pass] An old man at the back of the chapel raises a hand, “Rabbi, he wasn’t half as bad as his brother!”


16 posted on 12/07/2014 8:08:00 PM PST by Phinneous
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To: gusopol3
You're right, he couldn't have know then, she was still in her pre-activist teen years. In his later years he reached out to her, but by then her heart had hardened.
17 posted on 12/07/2014 8:14:30 PM PST by smoothsailing (Mel Kaminsky for President!!!)
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To: Verginius Rufus
"He was a good whistler."

"He was a good whistler"...classic! Whenever I go to New York City and see signs directing you to the "RFK Bridge" I want to hurl! RFK wasn't fit to have a sewage treatment plant named after him...let alone an icon of American determination and ingenuity.

18 posted on 12/07/2014 8:16:19 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter;No Longer The Worst President In My Lifetime)
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To: CaptainK

Probably your browser. Try this...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT8ZS_Ptqdg


19 posted on 12/07/2014 8:16:57 PM PST by smoothsailing (Mel Kaminsky for President!!!)
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks.


20 posted on 12/07/2014 8:28:56 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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