Tag Archive for John McAdams

Belzer in defense of Belzer

There is much sound and fury in the comment section over Professor McAdams’s review of Richard Belzer’s book. The purpose was to stimulate debate and 36 comments and counting shows success on that score at least.

Besides the usual fulminations of Jim Fetzer (published without editing), there were many useful links, including Ronnie Wayne’s bibliography of CTKA.net reviews of McAdams’s work. Andrew sent along this this unusually thoughtful Politico interview with Belzer, which I missed when it came out.

The best way to advance the debate here is to let Belzer speak.

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Belzer misses the mark with ‘Hit List’

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Imagine you are a high school student and you are writing a paper on some contentious historical issue — say, whether Barack Obama was born in Kenya, or whether Dick Cheney mounted the 9/11 attacks. And imagine you simply surf the web for information and believe pretty much anything you find on a web page. One can imagine the results. Read more

CNN picks up on Air Force One tape story


Picking up on a story first reported in JFK Facts, CNN reporter Jake Tapper aired dramatic conversations from the reconstituted Air Force Once tapes from November 22, 1963, capturing the real-time reaction of U.S. government officials as the news spreads that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.

But Tapper’s otherwise compelling report also illuminates the unfortunate power of JFK denialism in major news organizations.

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Fear of JFK transparency provokes another attack

One of many fascinating features of the debate about the causes of the JFK’s assassination is the evident anxiety of some people who defend the theory that one man alone killed the president for no reason. As the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, their anxiety is growing.

Exhibit A: Dale Myers and Gus Russo attack me for having the temerity to say that the CIA is obligated to release all of its JFK-related files.

Exhibit B: Professor John McAdams is in a tizzy by my review of the trailer for “Parkland,” the new JFK film produced by Tom Hanks, that will be released on October 4. In my post, I predicted that “Parkland” will not deal with the troubling issue of an October 10, 1963, CIA cable in which five senior CIA operations officers said Lee Harvey Oswald was “maturing.”

This is “buff stuff,” writes McAdams in an email. Read more

How do you pursue the truth about JFK?

Thanks to Lisa Pease and everybody else who participated in the debate about whether it appropriate for JFK Facts to include John McAdams’s JFK Assassination Page in its list of “Best JFK Web Sites.” WIth one exception, nothing I have read persuades me to change anything on the site.

Reader Clarence Carlson expressed my point of view precisely when he commented:

“In any important intellectual activity it is important, even essential, to explore and understand dissenting viewpoints. Likely we might find little to agree with, but will be “armed” , as it were, with more information and knowledge as we continue to explore the truth.”

The clinching argument came from Pease herself when she acknowledged she had learned from McAdams.

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Len Osanic weighs in on McAdams and JFK Facts

Len Osanic of Black Ops Radio copied me on an email response to yesterday’s post about Lisa Pease’s criticism of me for referring people to John McAdams’s JFK Assassination Home page.
“Here is my reply in case he [Morley] doesn’t have the guts to leave it posted,” Osanic writes.
Not only will your comment be posted Len, but I am publishing it in its entirety. This doesn’t take guts. I’m glad to hear from you.

Lisa Pease reads me the Riot Act on John McAdams

More grief for my inclusion of Professor John McAdams’s website on my list of best JFK Web sites.

“Case Closed on Jefferson Morley,” says Len Osanic. That epitaph suggested with Posnerian certainty (and credibility) that I am somehow unreliable as a source of information about the JFK story. Then Professor Jim Fetzer fingered me on Facebook as a shifty character, which did not overly concern me. He’s expert at those sorts of things and entitled to his opinions.

But now comes Lisa Pease, a writer who has added to my understanding of the CIA, to read me the Riot Act about McAdams. I respect Lisa for her wisdom and passion, so I listened carefully.

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Why do I recommend John McAdams’s website?

I’ve been taking heat for my inclusion of Professor John McAdams website on this site’s list of “Best JFK websites.” So I’ve been thinking carefully about what my critics have to say.

One commenter, A Wendt, said McAdams’ site is “quite masterful’ in a perverse way, and I couldn’t agree more. Read more

Breaking news: a JFK assassination book that is short

JFK witness

When taking on the JFK assassination story many authors inflict massive tomes on the reading public. These epic volumes often come with majestic names (“Breach of Faith” and “Reclaiming History”) that explicate complex forensic theories (“Crossfire” and “Best Evidence”) and pronounce definitive judgments (“Case Closed” and “High Treason”) that beget equally confident rejoinders (“Final Disclosure” and “The Last Investigation”).

Some of these books are good and others bad. But they are all B-I-G. Nothing wrong with that. Its a big story. Maybe too big.

Todd C. Elliott, an investigative journalist with The Eunice News in Louisiana, has chosen a humbler JFK topic: a woman who was a known prostitute and drug courier.

Her name was Rose Cherami, and in his mercifully short book (93 pages),  “A Rose by Many Other Names,” Elliott seeks to tell her story.

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How do I write a research paper on JFK?

A young person named K. asks Yahoo, How do I go about writing a research paper on the JFK assassination?

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Prof. McAdams’s baseless claim

In the Comments section, Marquette University professor John McAdams accuses me and a host of other JFK authors, including G. Robert Blakey, Norman Mailer, Gerald Posner, Anthony Summers and others, of signing a public letter about JFK assassination that was “speculative and poorly sourced.”

He’s wrong. Read more