I had the honor of speaking at the JFK Lancer conference in Dallas on November 22, 2013, and I offered some thoughts about what I think we (meaning the American people and others interested in the assassination of President Kennedy 50 years ago) need to do in 2014.
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On November 22, 1963, railroad worker S.M Holland was watching the presidential motorcade approach Dealey Plaza from a perch on top of a bridge known as The Triple Underpass.
In my remarks to the JFK Lancer, I talked about what could be done in 2014 to clarify the story of JFK’s assassination. I proposed two types of action: one legal, one historical.
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I always thought those liberal pundits who blamed the conservative city of Dallas for JFK’s assassination spoke too glibly. A recent review of Bill Minutaglio and Steven Davis’ book, Dallas 1963, in the Charleston Post and Courier got it right I think.
“While Dallas bore a large portion of the blame and backlash for Kennedy’s death, how much was the city to blame? If one believes Oswald to be the assassin, his ties to the city were not deep. If one embraces the idea of a conspiracy, it is generally considered to extend well beyond the borders of the city.”
The tightly controlled commemoration of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death in Dealey Plaza proved more a salve for the wounded civic spirit of Dallas than celebration of the life and legacy of President Kennedy.
Writing in the New York Times, a native of Dallas notes the oddness of the ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination on Friday.
The reality of Dallas on that day will go unmentioned. It will be, in the words of James Douglass, Unspeakable.
Has anybody noticed that the conservative Fox News network is more open minded about the JFK assassination story than its liberal competitors?
The embedded player above isn’t working. So click on this sympathetic report on James Tague, a Dallas man who suffered a superficial injury from a gunshot that missed President Kennedy’s limousine on November 22, 1963. Fifty years later, Tague has not been invited to the official ceremony commemorating the anniversary of Kennedy’s death in Dallas.
The liberal media isn’t much interested in Tague’s remarkable story but Fox News is.
(H/T Tree Frog)
The president is scheduled to land at Love Field at 5:10 pm ET. He will attend an Affordable Care Act event and a fund-raiser before departing later tonight. Rest assured, no motorcade is on the schedule.
Anthony Summers, biographer and former BBC correspondent, has been writing about JFK’s assassination for three decades for publications ranging from The Times of London to Vanity Fair. In my possibly biased opinion, I think his book, “Not In Your Lifetime,” is the best single volume on the JFK assassination and its confusing investigatory aftermath.
I sent him some questions by email and he responded as follows:
JFKFacts: You started reporting on the JFK story in the late 1970s. You were one of the first professional journalists to look deeply into the JFK assassination story. What did you discover?
Anthony Summers: At the time of the assassination occurred, I’d been a student at Oxford. I had reporting ambitions, and Dallas was almost the first real story I covered. I’d been working for a TV program during the vacations, and the program’s editor phoned within an hour of the assassination – it was early evening in the UK – to say he was gathering a team and chartering a plane to Texas. Could I drop everything and come?
In the Daily Caller, Roger Stone highlights the impending weirdness of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in Dallas: Where gunfire took the president’s life, let’s banish all evidence of gunfire.
November 22 shooting victim James Tague isn’t welcome in Dealey Plaza.
See “Wounded in JFK attack bystander to history revisits the crime” (JFK Facts, Aug. 6. 2013)
In a finely reported piece for Esquire Chris Jones recreates the scene on Air Force One on the afternoon of November 22, 1963.
In their new book “Dallas 1963″ veteran author BIll Minutaglio and Steven Davis offer a “biography of a city” that they say has lessons overlooked by historians of JFK’s asssassination..
“We felt there was a welling toxic environment in Dallas,” Minutaglio tells KUT News radio in Austin.
From the invaluable Jim Schutze of the Dallas Observer: Dallas’ handling of JFK anniversary is an enigma wrapped in a big wad of dumb.
“It’s only four months from the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, and absolutely nothing has been resolved about access to Dealey Plaza on that day, virtually guaranteeing the kind of messy showdown City Hall fears most.”