Tag Archive for Washington Post

Ben Bradlee on JFK’s assassination

David Talbot interviewed the late great editor Ben Bradlee for his book Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years. He asked him a question many people have wondered over the years: Why didn’t he, of all people, investigation the murder of his pal Jack Kennedy?

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CIA as ‘the perfect Watergate enabler’

In Max Holland’s fine piece about Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein there appears this passage about the sausage factory of Washington journalism.

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Why the liberal press ignored the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission

The Irish Examiner‘s coverage of the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission report was more comprehensive than the Washington Post‘s and better informed than the Boston Globe’s and more penetrating than Time magazine’s. It seems for the American journalistic profession, the noteworthy fact that a majority of Americans still reject the Commission’s obsolete conclusions is no longer worthy of much reflection.

A friend asks, “Why the lack of U.S. coverage?”

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The fading taboo against Warren Commission critics

“When it comes to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the list of important, seemingly credible public figures who count themselves as conspiracy theorists is long and impressive,” Phil Shenon writes in today’s Washington Post

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Toward the decisive clarification of the JFK story in 2014

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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Jackie’ pink suit inspires a novel

The pink Chanel suit worn by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the day her husband was killed is a Shakespearan icon of the tragedy of November 22: a woman’s beautiful garment soaked in her husband’s blood.

“I didn’t want to pander, to become part of the cottage industry of Kennedy books,” says novelist Nicole Mary  Kelby about her new book, The Pink Suit. .”This book is not about cute clothes. It’s about how Jackie Kennedy set out to redefine how Americans defined themselves. Mamie and Ike Eisenhower (the Kennedys’ predecessors in the White House) were Grandma and Grandpa.”

This book isn’t even a book about Jackie Kennedy (she only appears once and is referred to throughout only as “the Wife”). Rather, it is a book about something that is now almost equally important: How November 22 shaped  the way Americans understand themselves.

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Washington Post on John Judge

“I tell people you can call me a conspiracy theorist if you call everyone else a coincidence theorist,” Mr. Judge quipped to the publication National Journal.

From today’s Washington Post’s obituary of John Judge.

Why do so many Americans believe JFK conspiracy theories?

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The exorbitant cost of the ‘war on terror’

Regarding the post on the Pentagon burning the Osama bin Laden death photos, Andrew Everett writes:

Recently, I read a 1967 Washington Post column by Art Buchwald in which he estimated that it cost $323,000 to kill one enemy combatant in Vietnam. Mr. Buchwald then questioned whether the U.S. would be better off to offer Viet Cong defectors “a $25,000 house, a color TV, free education for their children and a paid-up country club membership.” Funny — haha. A $25,000 house!!!

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‘One man’s journey into JFK and the major media’

How and why I started investigating the JFK assassination story and what I learned along the way:

“The issue isn’t conspiracy. Its transparency.”

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Did JFK try to rein in the CIA after Mandela’s arrest?

Nelson Mandela with members of the Kennedy family at the JFK Library in 1990.

In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s passing, the story that the CIA played a role in his arrest in August 1962 has made news from Washington to London to Moscow.

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AP story on the CIA’s JFK files gets picked up all over

The demand for JFK transparency spans the political spectrum, the continental United States, and even the Atlantic Ocean

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The Post, Amazon, and the CIA

The company’s lobbyists have been active on the issue of cloud computing, says the Post. The timely story by Holly Yeager and Carol D. Leonnig illustrates why Jeff Bezos would do well to keep Amazon and his newly purchased Washington Post news platform as separate corporate entities.

There’s nothing wrong with Amazon pursuing government contracts.

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Police treating fire at JFK Library ‘as if it may be related’ to Marathon bombing

The first reports were reassuring.

“Initial reports of another explosion at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston turned out to be an unrelated fire,” said The Washington Post. The New York Times reported the same.

But a Boston police official does not rule out a connection, according to the Dorchester News, which reported: Read more

WaPo asks: Why did CIA wiretap a reporter in the 1960s? Answer: Because of his JFK reporting

The Washington Post‘s Ian Shapira had a fascinating piece over the weekend about a son pursuing his father’s journalistic legacy.

Jim Scott, 64, a retired Navy public relations officer who lives in Maryland, wants to know why the CIA wiretapped his father, Paul Scott, a syndicated columnist and investigative reporter in Washington in the 1960s. Scott was half of “The Allen-Scott Report,” a popular syndicated column that ran in some 300 papers nationwide.

One reason why Scott was bugged by the CIA: his JFK reporting.

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