This 2014 Daily Caller piece about Jack Ruby, like the death of Richard Schweicker, reminds me that one of the lamest memes in the discussion of the causes of the assassination of President Kennedy is the claim that the question of conspiracy is actually a left-wing plot to undermine America.
“What more can possibly said about the Zapruder film?” asks historian Max Holland in this May 7 talk at the 6th Floor Museum in Dallas. His answer: the first gunshot was fired before Abraham Zapruder began filming. He argues that the shooting took place over 11 seconds, meaning Lee Oswald had plenty of time to fire the fatal shot.
“Author and journalist Max Holland will trace the tangled history of the most famous yet misunderstood piece of evidence from the assassination: the 26.5-second long film made by Dallas businessman Abraham Zapruder.”
On the 51st anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy we can see how Americans revisit this traumatic event, a political wound with resulting cultural scars, and we find an unfiinished story, a wound unhealed.
The lawsuit was filed last week by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch on behalf of author Max Holland. The records may well contain information related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
“The records, whose existence was first detailed by the Globe last year, cover sensitive intelligence operations overseen by [Robert] Kennedy during the presidency of his brother and Lyndon Johnson.”
“The contents of the requested boxes include subjects ranging from the Central Intelligence Agency to the minutes from meetings of the so-called ‘special group’ that RFK chaired, and his personal notes on Cuba.”
I asked Holland, via email, how he selected the documents he is seeking. He replied: Read more
Max Holland unearths a JFK-related document recently found in Bobby Kennedy’s papers. The story it tells provides a granular look at the workings of President Kennedy’s Cuba policy on the eve of the disaster in Dallas. Read more
The re-broadcast of National Geographic’s JFK documentary, The Lost Bullet, in Canada last weekend is another reminder of how stilted and weird the mainstream media discussion of JFK assassination is. I haven’t seen the film yet, so I won’t comment on the particulars of its thesis.
But the film’s not-terribly relevant point illuminates a curious phenomenon: how the obsession with conspiracy distorts, defines and limits the editorial vision of news organizations. It is a species of un-journalism.
Author Max Holland and the watchdog group Judicial Watch sued the National Archives earlier this month for seven records related to the JFK’s assassination that are held in the unreleased papers of Robert F. Kennedy. Like my lawsuit for CIA JFK records, Holland’s complaint shows the government is very capable of keeping JFK secrets.