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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Two JFK Facts commenters have recently criticized me personally, and I feel the need to respond. I know an editor should have a thick skin but a season of succesful conspiracy theorizing has opened up the real possibility that U.S. nuclear codes will soon be delivered into the hands of a racist buffoon. I’m feeling a little touchy.
So let me dispatch with these theories and theorists.
‘Communism killed Kennedy’ remains one of the few defensible statements that the John Birch Society ever issued.
The theory that one man alone killed President Kennedy has a tenacious hold on a respectable minority of JFK writers, including novelist Thomas Mallon, writing in the current New Yorker. Read more
“… one of the most zealous of the anti-Communist crusaders who turned the agency into an enormous, squid-like meddler in global affairs.”
via Luke Menand in the New Yorker: “When the Cold War Made Georgetown Hot.”
POLITICO has picked up on a story that I first reported on JFK Facts in May 2013.
Last month, John Cassidy, a staff writer for the New Yorker, broke ranks with his colleagues to explain why he doesn’t buy the official lone gunman theory of JFK’s death.
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;
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.”