ABC News correspondent Alexander Marquardt made two factual mistakes in his Good Morning America report today on Robert Kennedy Jr.’s remarks that his father believed “rogue CIA agents” may have been involved in uncle’s assassination. (h/t Curt Cultice)
Marquardt stated, “Now for the first time ever we’re learning that JFK’s own brother and Attorney General RFK was quote ‘fairly convinced’ that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone.”
That is not accurate. RFK’s views had been reported twice previously by credible sources.
In his 2007 book “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years,” David Talbot, founding editor of Salon.com, reported in detail on RFK’s belief that his brother had been ambushed in Dallas. As Talbot wrote on the first page of the book, a New York Times best-seller, published by Simon & Schuster
Robert Kennedy did not resign himself to the lone gunman theory, the official version of his brother’s death. On the contrary he immediately suspected that President Kennedy was the victim of a powerful conspiracy. And he spent he rest of his life secret searching for the truth about his brother’s murder.
Talbot backed up that assertion with interviews In 1999, presidential historian Timothy Naftali wrote in his book One Hell of a Gamble, (co-authored with Russian historia Alexsandr Furskenko) that RFK and former First Lady Jackie Kennedy sent a message to the leadership of the Soviet Union in late November 1963 saying that they believed JFK was the victim of a domestic conspiracy. Naftali is the director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California.
ABC News then erred by quoting historian Robert Dallek about the JFK assassination controversy without context. On camera the UCLA historian said that the assassination has been “investigated, re-investigated, investigated again and again and no one’s ever come up with highly credible evidence” to contradict the theory that Oswald acted alone.
In fact, the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) concluded in 1979 Kennedy was “probably” killed by a conspiracy whose perpetrators could not be identified. Dallke disagrees with the HSCA’s findings but for ABC to report on the various investigations of the JFK case without mentioning the results of a two-year congressional investigation was a mistake. In his 2007 book, The Road to Dallas, published by Harvard University Press, diplomatic historian David Kaiser concluded that the HSCA’s conclusion was correct.
As the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination approaches, ABC needs to get up to speed on the facts of the case.