Ezra Klein and Cass Sunstein have some sensible things to say about the disturbing prevalence and power of conspiracy theories in this Vox video, especially about the toxic combination of conspiracy theories, ignorance, and extremism. So does the New Yorker. But these opinion-makers are wrong–or rather, underinformed–about the JFK story. Read more
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Anthony Summers, author of a new edition of his JFK book, “Not In Your Lifetime,” has a letter in the current issue of the New Yorker, responding to critic Adam Gopnik’s recent JFK essay. Summers questions the magazine’s faith in the lone gunman theory, firmly but politely, while dismissing far-fetched conspiracy theories that only confuse people.
Summers closes with a reasonable question;
In a brilliant blog post for Esquire, Josh Ozersky documents how Adam Gopnik’s recent New Yorker essay about JFK repeats key memes from a secret 1967 CIA cable about how the agency officials worldwide should enlist “friendly elite contacts” to counter critics of the Warren Commission.
The problem with calling people “conspiracy theorists,” Ozersky points out, is that you may just be repeating decades-old talking points generated by an intelligence agency with a lot to hide.
From Adam Gopnik’s, The Assassination of J.F.K., Fifty Years Later in The New Yorker.
“The notion that the Cold War national-security state, which Eisenhower warned against, might have decided to kill the President is not as difficult to credit as one wishes. There were C.I.A. operatives prepared to kill foreign leaders, some of them previously friendly, for acts they didn’t like, and to recruit gangsters to do it, and generals who were eager to invade Cuba even at the risk of nuclear war, and who resented Kennedy for restraining them.”