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.
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Malcolm Gladwell is not alone in endorsing a dumb JFK conspiracy theory.
The just-announced Reelz Channel JFK documentary, which peddles the long-since debunked conspiracy that a Secret Service man shot President Kennedy, is getting credulous attention from factually challenged news sites around the world.
Even the usually reliable Associated Press managed to report the bogus speculation without consulting with a single historian, journalist or former investigator of JFK’s assassination, any number of whom could have pointed out that there is NO photographic, eyewitness, or forensic evidence to support the fiction that a Secret Service agent named George Hickey Jr., now deceased, shot JFK.
The bogus “Secret Service Man Did It” conspiracy meme (it doesn’t deserve to be called a theory) has persisted since the publication of the foolish book Mortal Error in the 1980s.
Here are the best read JFK Facts stories of 2013 in order of popularity.
1) Ex-flame says Jack Ruby ‘had no choice’ but to kill Oswald (March 21, 2013)
“He was not in love with the Kennedys and he did NOT like Robert Kennedy by no means.”
2) Reelz Channel to air discredited JFK theory (Nov. 2, 2013)
“There is no evidence for this bogus theory: No eyewitness testimony or photographic evidence supports the claim…”
The assassination of President Kennedy was, among other things, a seminal event in the history of mediated imagery.
From the moment Abraham Zapruder captured the gunfire that killed the president to Olvier Stone’s 1991 hit “JFK”, to the present when Hollywood still seek to explore, exploit, and explain November 22, 1963, projected film has been a key–perhaps the key–to the way we visualize and understand JFK’s death. Read more
The most-read stories on JFK Facts for the week of Nov. 28-Dec.5 were:
Reelz Channel’s new JFK documentary claiming that a Secret Service agent shot President Kennedy is based on a 30-year old book which triggered a lawsuit from the agent involved, resulting in a formal apology from the book’s publishers.
In short, this JFK theory, touted by veteran TV reporter Bill Kurtis, has already been discredited and debunked. Read more