Here is a useful example of a dumb JFK conspiracy story that combines good information with bad analysis to generate results that are both confusing and worthless.
The author misuses a genuinely signficant new document discovered by the investigator Russ Baker — a June 1963 letter from former Vice President Richard Nixon to Donald Kendall, CEO of Pepsi, that makes reference to the CIA’s failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961.
The letter is interesting because it documents Nixon’s long-standing interest in the fallout from Bay of Pigs, which his chief of staff, H.R. Haldeman, believed was related JFK’s assassination and because Kendall is not known to have any role in the Bay of Pigs operation.
Unfortunately, the author uses this promising material to inflict on readers an incoherent mash of factoids and speculation ending with the unsupported and improbable insinuation that Kendall had something to with JFK’s death. If taken seriously, it will only confuse people seeking to understand the causes of Kennedy’s death.
Please don’t tell me that this line of analysis is “interesting” or “raises important new questions.” It isn’t and it doesn’t. There is no reason to believe — and no evidence to suggest — that Kendall was involved in Kennedy’s assassination. The Nixon letter is interesting. This writers’ handling of it is amateurish and not worthy of interest.
Which, alas, is true of a lot of dumb JFK conspiracy theories.
More JFK fact checking:
“Did the Fed kill JFK?” (JFK Facts, Jan. 25, 2013)
“If there was JFK conspiracy, wouldn’t somebody have talked?” (JFK Facts, Jan. 2, 2013)
“Did the CIA track Oswald before JFK was killed?” (JFK Facts, Jan. 8, 2013)