What Ben Bradlee taught me about Washington journalism

I was hired as a junior editor at the Washington Post in September 1992, one year after Ben Bradlee retired. The man still prowled the newsroom, and, as one one attendee (I won’t say mourner) at his R-rated funeral service in Washington yesterday said.,  ”As an actor, he was straight out of Central Casting. He was obvious. But he had cast himself in a pretty good role.”

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Oswald charges could have been dismissed, says defense attorney

Bill Simpich

At an event sponsored by JFK Lancer in Dallas next month, veteran San Francisco defense attorney Bill Simpich will cut to the proverbial chase in the JFK assassination story.

“Simpich will address the FBI report issued two weeks following the assassination [of President John F. Kennedy], and the evidence that the Warren Report itself served largely as a cover-up exercise to support the FBI report….”

What does Simpich, an experienced litigator, say about the ancient complexities of this particular criminal case?

 

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An aside on LBJ and JFK

“People speculate about LBJ because he gained the most from JFK’s death. But that is not evidence of involvement. I’m skeptical of ‘LBJ did it’ theories because there is no known connection between Oswald and Johnson,” said Morley.

via Murder at the Pitch and Putt & the Mother of All JFK Conspiracies | AustinPost.

 

What’s wrong with the right-wing take on JFK

The notion of JFK’s assassination was a turning point is a touchstone of American culture. From the Blabbaholic Right (that would be Rush Limbaugh) to the Latte Sipping, Obamacare-Loving, Liberal Left (that would be me), we agree that things changed on November 22, 1963.

Here’s what Rush said the other day:  The America of the JFK Era Died with him – The Rush Limbaugh Show.

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In memory of Ed Sherry

The esteemed JFK researcher Malcolm Blunt writes:

“My closest buddy is gone; the ‘Frog’ {aka Ed Sherry) }is no more, and what a great loss it is, not just for me but for all of us who knew him. I first met Ed Sherry twenty one years ago in Dallas (where else?) and we became firm friends from the very start.”

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What did French intelligence think of JFK’s assassination?

Former FBI agent William Turner says the conspiratorial analysis of France’s Service de Documentation Extérieure et de Contre-Espionnage, known as SDECE, is found in an unusual book called Farewell America.

New book details Jackie’s ordeal after JFK’s assassination

“The former first lady constantly provided graphic details of her husband’s death to friends and family and contemplated suicide, [author Barbara] Leaming reveals. Although she put on a stoic face publicly, Kennedy struggled for decades internally.” Read more

Did Bradlee fear Angleton?

In response to  Ben Bradlee’s thoughts on JFK’s assassination, a friend asks, “Do you think Bradlee feared tangling with Angleton? Angleton was supposedly livid because Bradlee spread the story that Angleton had lock picked the studio of Mary Meyer [JFK's mistress, slain in October 1964]?”

Good question.

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Ben Bradlee on JFK’s assassination

David Talbot interviewed the late great editor Ben Bradlee for his book Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years. He asked him a question many people have wondered over the years: Why didn’t he, of all people, investigation the murder of his pal Jack Kennedy?

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Peace feelers: When Castro talked to ABC News


After the missile crisis of October 1962, President Kennedy started rethinking his Cuba policy.  On April 24, 1963, ABC news reporter Lisa Howard interviewed Cuban prime minister Fidel Castro as JFK considered the “sweet approach” to making peace with Cuba.

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National Archives creates a team to review JFK records for 2017 release

In a recent email to researcher Bill Kelly, Martha Wagner Murphy, chief of the Special Access and FOIA Staff at the National Archives at College Park, disclosed some welcome news.

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Could the Secret Service have saved JFK?

Former agent Abraham Bolden thinks so. Here’s what he told Susan Cheever in the current issue of Vanity Fair:

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Decades later, three former JFK investigators sue the CIA

Ed Lopez, former JFK investigator, has some questions

 

“It was time to fight one last time to ascertain what happened to JFK and to our investigation into his assassination,” [Ed] Lopez, who is now the chief counsel for a school district in Rochester, N.Y., said in an interview.

He is joined in the effort by two other former investigators, researcher Dan Hardway and G. Robert Blakey, the panel’s staff director.

via Decades later, seeking to shed light on CIA’s conduct in congressional inquiry of JFK assassination – The Boston Globe.

Two JFK corrections for the Internet

Joe Giambrone got some things right and some things wrong in his dispatch last November about my JFK reporting: Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire | Political Film Blog  Read more

JFK doodles about the discovery of missiles in Cuba

From JFK Library on Twitter: “A peek at his doodles reveal a tense situation

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