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.
“McAdams taught me, perhaps more than anyone else online, how to look at evidence with a critical eye,” she wrote.
That is reason enough to recommend McAdams’s site.
Other readers suggested I recommended MdAdams’s site to increase traffic. That is not a bad reason to link to someone’s site but its not relevant here. I get infinitesimal traffic from the JFK Assassination Home Page. JFK Facts gets most of its traffic from MaryFerrell.org, which I should reiterate is the very best JFK Web site.
One reader said that including Black Op Radio in a poll of Worst JFK Web Sites was “provocative,” and I have to agree. I created that poll for the same reason I created the site: to try to encourage consensual critical standards of thinking on a subject that has often lacked them. But if I was going to subject Black Op Radio to that kind of judgment I should have included JFK Facts as a candidate for worst site as well.
Instead of doing that I am just eliminating that question from the site. As I have written on JFK Facts, Len Osanic’s “50 Reasons for 50 Years” is a worthy feature that people should bookmark it. Going forward I prefer to focus on the positive.