President John F. Kennedy’s grandson Jack Schlossberg hit out at the political establishment and news media organizations over their handling of the release of files pertaining to Kennedy’s assassination in an essay imploring Americans not to allow themselves to be as easily distracted from important issues facing the country.
“The assassination storyline is driven by myth and drama, not substance, and so it is not unlike the current personal dramas and intrigues commanding our discourse daily,” Schlossberg wrote in an opinion piece published by People on Tuesday. “These types of stories do not just make the news today, they dominate it.”
The National Archives’ released most of the 3,100 documents, primarily from the CIA and FBI, regarding Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
While Schlossberg said declassification was “a good thing for democracy,” he warned against becoming “perpetually distracted from the great challenges facing our country and the world,” including climate change, racism and discrimination, income inequality, the “upending” of international alliances, and a government that “is trying to take healthcare away from millions of citizens.”
“I could go on and on, but then I might miss the next update on what isn’t in the JFK files,” he quipped.
“While distracting news will always be around, a political and media environment fixated on sensational drama is not predetermined or inescapable,” he concluded. “We can control our clicks, what we choose to share online, what we talk about with friends, and what we contemplate alone. If we want to solve important problems, we have to pay attention to them.”
Schlossberg is the son of President Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy and Edwin Schlossberg, and is currently studying at Harvard Law School.
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