Tag Archive for AP

Ignorance goes viral: Discredited JFK hoax spreads around the world

Malcolm Gladwell is not alone in endorsing a dumb JFK conspiracy theory.

The just-announced Reelz Channel JFK documentary, which peddles the long-since debunked conspiracy that a Secret Service man shot President Kennedy, is getting credulous attention from factually challenged news sites around the world.

Even the usually reliable Associated Press managed to report the bogus speculation without consulting with a single historian, journalist or former investigator of JFK’s assassination, any number of whom could have pointed out that there is NO photographic, eyewitness, or forensic evidence to support the fiction that a Secret Service agent named George Hickey Jr., now deceased, shot JFK.

None.

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AP: Obama has failed on open government promise

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In this new study of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, US cites security more to censor, deny records, Associated Press reporters Ted Bridis and Jack Gillum make two points that show President Obama has failed to deliver on his promise of “a new era in open government.”

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AP chief questions Obama’s record on transparency

In a commentary on the diminished hope of President Obama’s second term, Cathleen Carroll, executive editor of Associated Press, said Monday that Obama should not use ‘National Security’ to conceal transparency.

Once upon time, journalists expected more of the president.

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2013 JFK Facts scoop #2: CIA continues to stonewall on decorated officer’s files

George Joannides

George Joannides

Throughout 2013, I reported on the latest developments in Morley v. CIA, my long-running Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the JFK files of deceased CIA operative George Joannides,

Picked up by dozens of news organizations, the Joannides story was one of three 2013 journalistic scoops from JFK Facts that made national news.

In my coverage I explained why I filed the lawsuit, recounted the Feb. 25 hearing before U.S. Court of Appeals, and reported on  the appellate court’s favorable ruling in June. In November, I revealed that the CIAacknowledged for the first time in a court filing that Joannides maintained a residence in New Orleans while serving as the chief of the psychological warfare branch of the CIA’s MIami station in 1963-64.

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Crowdsourcing the AP story on JFK files

Thanks to everybody who sent their thoughts on the AP story on Morley v. CIA, a lawsuit seeking still secret JFK assassination records. I will file my declaration to the federal court early next week and post it here.

Altogether the AP story, “Five Decades Later Some JFK Probe Files Still Sealed,” was picked up by at least 29 major news outlets. They include:

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The Vancover Sun cuts to the chase

What did the CIA Know?.

JFK Memory: Those ringing bells

I was working for Visión, a Spanish-language newsmagazine patterned after Time. I was on my way to AP to get related photos, when as I passed within a short distance of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, its bells tolled the death of JFK. I can still hear them. Even now, after 49 years, a heaviness comes across my chest as I remember that day, and look at the photos.

In JFK’s motorcade

What was it like to be there that day? AP photographer Bob Jackson tells his story of riding in the motorcade in Dallas on Nov. 22, seeing a rifle in the 6th floor window, and people gathering on the grassy knoll. You are there. (HT Sixth Floor Museum)