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O’Reilly not contesting the facts of his JFK fib

Bill O’Reilly seems to have muzzled himself. The publication of David Corn’s “Bill O’Reilly Has His Brian Williams Problem,” followed by the re-publication of JFK Facts’ Jan. 30, 2013, story “Investigators tape exposes Bill O’Reilly’s JFK fib” has done what some thought impossible: The embattled Fox News host has stopped blustering.

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Investigator’s tape exposes Bill O’Reilly’s JFK fib

(First published in JFK Facts, January 30, 2013)

In his best-selling book Killing Kennedy, Bill O’Reilly tells a brief tale of an intrepid reporter — himself — chasing the historical truth of JFK’s assassination in south Florida. But the story itself is a fiction, as O’Reilly reveals here in his own voice.

JFK reality check for Bill O’Reilly

In the annals of the JFK assassination story, rife with CIA and FBI malfeasance, O’Reilly’s fanciful anecdote might seem trivial. It is not the saddest feature of his book, which manages to ignore all of the high-quality JFK assassination scholarship of the last two decades.

But as O’Reilly’s yarn is presented as fact in USA Today and the Fort-Worth Telegram; as his book dominates the best-seller charts; and as a credulous National Geographic embarks on making a documentary of Killing Kennedy, O’Reilly’s credibility matters.
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What JFK’s ‘politics of deception’ gave us

From the font of wisdom that is NewsMax, comes this report: Secret Tapes Reveal JFK’s Duplicity on Cuba, Civil Rights. President Kennedy’s offense in the judgment of today’s right-wing is that he resolved the Cuban missile crisis in secret collaboration with communists.

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Oswald’s finances during the summer of 1963

George Bailey raises questions about Oswald’s Finances During the Summer of 1963. Read more

Will James Franco be able to prevent JFK’s assassination?

James Franco to the rescue

“The Hollywood Reporter says James Franco will star as English teacher Jake Epping, who travels back in time to stop the assignation of President John F. Kennedy. The HULU miniseries, which will run a total of nine hours, is a joint project by [novelist Stephen] King and J.J. Abrams.”

King’s novel, 11/22/63, is based on the comforting but factually questionable notion that JFK was killed by one man alone for no reason. What King didn’t know when he wrote his book was how closely the CIA’s Counterintelligence Staff  monitored Oswald in the four years before the tragedy of Dallas. Mistaking such facts for a conspiracy theory, King didn’t send Jack Epping, his time traveling hero, to Langley.

He might have intercepted Lee Harvey Oswald if he had. Declassified CIA records show clearly that Oswald, the future accused assassin, was well known to a host of senior CIA officers before JFK was gunned down in Dallas on November 22, 1963. (Even Times Magazine’s favorite JFK expert, the unemployed John McAdams, does not deny it.)

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JFK Library seeks Profiles in Courage nominees

“Our past honorees have included local officials like Paul Bridges, a former Mayor of Uvalda, Georgia, who was recognized last year for his courageous opposition to an anti-immigrant measure passed by the state legislature, and Elizabeth Redenbaugh, a former school board member in North Carolina, who stood alone in her party in fighting against a redistricting plan that appeared likely to result in increased segregation in the middle schools she represented,” writes Kenneth Feinberg in an email from the JFK Library. Read more

A creative legal approach to clarifying the JFK story

Civl rights attorney Bill Simpich

A new legal approach to cracking the JFK assassination puzzle from civl rights attorney William Simplich.

“He considers the assassination cases to be a poorly understood area of civil rights violations. To preserve cold cases, he is preparing a proposed JFK Preservation of Evidence Act that would be applicable in both of these areas of the law and administered by a citizen panel similar to the ARRB.”

via JFK Lancer.

McAdams’s defense: I’m a blogger and I gots rights

John McAdams

Professor John McAdams, the self-styled Marquette Warrior, has issued his defense.

In a new blog post, the embattled former political science professor is defending the blog post that prompted Marquette University to fire him, ban him from campus, and seek to revoke his tenure. In the original post, McAdams used an anonymous source to attack a graduate teaching assistant for allegedly suppressing an undergraduate’s views on gay marriage.

The vigilant custodians of American liberties on the political right, while untroubled by the unpleasantries of Guantanamo, are thinking hard about McAdams’s rights.

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McAdams’s critics reject free speech argument

In arguing for for John McAdams’s dismissal, Lisa Pease recommends the account from the graduate student involved, Cheryl Abbate. Here’s Abbate’s blog post about the controversy.  Read more

JFK authors defend John McAdams as Marquette seeks to fire him

John McAdams

John McAdams

John McAdams is a walking test of the First Amendment.

The Marquette political science professor is an obnoxious, persistent climate-change denier with a passion for attacking skeptics of the official theory of JFK’s assassination and smearing “liberals” for supposedly suppressing free speech. He is, in a word, an ass, an independent-minded donkey of a scholar with a thin skin and bad manners.

Once upon a time, he tried to accuse me (and this website) of supposedly suppressing his JFK opinions, an argument that he had to abandon when I welcomed his anti-conspiracist views on the site (within the capacious limits of the site’s comment policy).

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Politico’s report on Oswald’s alleged JFK threat overlooked one thing

David Slawson

David Slawson

A faithful reader calls attention to this passage in Phil Shenon’s POLITICO Magazine article on the former Warren Commission staff David Slawson and his change of heart about the Commission’s conclusions:

“He [Slawson] was outraged, in particular, when I showed him an eye-popping June 1964 letter from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to the commission that described how Oswald, in an outburst at a Cuban diplomatic compound in Mexico City during his trip there, had reportedly been overheard threatening, ‘I’m going to kill Kennedy.’

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Slawson: Oswald had accessories, not co-conspirators

David Slawson, former Warren Commission staffer who told Politico Magazine he has changed his mind about the commission’s conclusion, writes to say his position has been slightly misinterpreted. He does not believe there was a conspiracy to kill the president but he does think Lee Harvey Oswald had accessories.  Read more

Do JFK conspiracy theories get vaccinated?

Yes.

For the record, I deny that I am a JFK “conspiracy theorist.” But I freely concede I’m pro-vaccination. I got my flu shot last month. I had no objection to having my children vaccinated. I never yearned for the Paulian liberty not to vaccinate.

So I was intrigued to see Jonathan Alter, writing in the The Daily Beast, link the anti-vaccination movement to those who doubt the official story of the assassination of President Kennedy:

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Anthony Summers on David Slawson, the newest JFK conspiracy theorist

I think David Slawson’s repudiation of the Warren Commission report in Politico magazine is important. Anthony Summers, best-selling biographer and JFK investigator, disagrees.

In an email from Ireland Summers writes that Slawson’s new interpretation of Kennedy’s assassination is: “interesting but no headline — and, especially given that it comes from a lawyer, contains an oddly unsafe quote.”

“I now know,” Slawson is quoted as saying, “that Oswald was almost certainly not a lone wolf.”

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Crumbling consensus: Warren Commission staffer recants, says there was a JFK conspiracy

It has never been any secret that many serious people at the top of the U.S. government did not believe that President Kennedy was killed by a proverbial “lone nut.” But the elites of Washington have always preferred to ignore such suspicions.

Until today, when former New York Times reporter Phil Shenon reports in Politico magazine on the conspiratorial suspicions of one David Slawson, a retired law professor who investigated JFK’s assassination for the Warren Commission and now admits he got it wrong.

Slawson’s views are not unprecedented in elite power circles of Washington. Far from it.

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