Diminishes JFK, His Legacy, and Those Who Care About Democracy
by Russ Baker
by Russ Baker: The
Real Reason for the Afghan War?
the JFK Assassination Cover-up, Chapter 20.
Morning News, notoriously uninterested in real journalism about
the most infamous event ever to take place in its city, recently
JFK-related piece in its entertainment section. One of a flood
of stories purporting to provide insight into the event as we head
toward the 50th anniversary, it was headlined:
for fiction about the JFK assassination? Choose carefully
Now, why would
we need fiction about the JFK assassination, when most of the purported
“fact” put out by the establishment is, as any serious researcher
will tell you, straight from someone’s imagination? Nevertheless,
here is this article on what to look for among offerings that openly
proclaim themselves fanciful accounts.
author of the Morning News piece gets to his favorite novels,
however, he must show obeisance to the mandatory establishment line
on the event itself:
next year’s 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination in sight,
Dallas is about to experience a torrent of books revisiting Nov.
22, 1963, and its long aftermath.
will be memoirs such as the recent one by Secret Service agent Clint
Hill. There will be self-published “I saw three Guatemalan
midget shooters on the grassy knoll” conspiracy books.
There will be several charging that LBJ was behind it all. (LBJ
is currently a growth industry in conspiracy circles.)
will be books claiming that Oswald, or whoever, ended the reign
of Camelot (see Bill O’Reilly’s Killing
Kennedy: The End of Camelot, published this October). No
matter that the idea of the Kennedy years as an incarnation
of a golden age in American history was a whole-cloth fantasy concocted
by a shell-shocked Jackie Kennedy two weeks after her husband
was killed. [snip]
find these opening paragraphs deeply offensive, with their snide,
even vicious references to hallucinating losers seeing “Guatemalan
midget shooters”; gullible fools feeding a “growth industry;” and
Jackie, all alone, “concocting” a “whole-cloth fantasy” that John
F. Kennedy was actually doing important things when he was cut down.
Now, why would
a “respectable” newspaper publish this kind of thing? And who would
At the bottom
of the essay, we learn that “Special Contributor” Don Graham
“is the J.
Frank Dobie Regents professor of American and English literature
at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is teaching a course
on the history of the Kennedy assassination. He’s the author of
several books on Texas culture, including State
of Minds: Texas Culture & Its Discontents and Kings
of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire.
that in a liberal city like Austin, a formidable university would
have an endowed chair occupied by someone willing to write such
an article. Or is it? Is it any coincidence that a school largely
funded by people who have little use for JFK and his attempt to
the tax structure for oil interests would have a person “teaching
a course on the history of the Kennedy assassination” who is capable
of ignoring the many books by serious researchers that present evidence
of an organized hit? Prof. Graham apparently cannot fathom that
long-time fans, enablers and perpetrators of violent coups against
democratically elected leaders abroad could possibly support
or cover up yet another coup, albeit a domestic one, against
a man they deemed a threat. The professor is also content to ignore
the final report of the House Select Committee on Assassinations
(1979), which concluded that Kennedy was most likely killed
as the result of a conspiracy.
But the Morning
News does not stop there. It publishes a letter in reply, from
another professor, declaring that students at Dallas-based Southern
Methodist University are being taught the truth about the assassination
of John F. Kennedy.
on the Letter to the Editor is bold:
want to talk JFK assassination? Bring it on.
Now, a reasonable
person, having read Prof. Graham’s essay, might reasonably assume
that the Morning News would seek to create some balance
by publishing letters from those who disagree. And the headline
would seem to confirm that this letter presents another perspective.
But does it? Let’s take
reader of serious fiction inclined to tackle Libra, Don DeLillo’s
challenging but deeply rewarding novel about the events leading
up to the assassination of President Kennedy, should be deterred
by the essayist’s facile and reductive synopsis of its plot. DeLillo
has about as much in common with Oliver Stone as does a fine wine
with a Bud Lite.
the rest of the article
Baker is an award-winning investigative reporter. He has written
for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The Nation,
The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Village
Voice and Esquire and dozens of other major domestic and
foreign publications. He has also served as a contributing editor
to the Columbia Journalism Review. Baker received a 2005
Deadline Club award for his exclusive reporting on George W. Bush’s
military record. He is the author of Family
of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, the Powerful Forces That Put It in
the White House, and What Their Influence Means for America
(Bloomsbury Press, 2009); it was released in paperback as Family
of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government and
the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years. For more information
on Russ’s work, see his sites, www.familyofsecrets.com
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