Disinformation and Cottage Industries

There's a real cottage industry of conspiracy theorists... but are they really doing us a disservice?

It's no secret that I'm somewhat fascinated with the Assassination of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963.

The reasons vary from something as a simple as my childhood annoyance that everything on TV was pre-empted by this live black and white coverage that weekend in November...

And when I was in college, the Zapruda film was broadcast by Heraldo Rivera for the very first time.

Since then, I've caught the Oliver Stone film "JFK" and read several fictional accounts of "Running Against Time" and time travel to change history.

But now that Stephen King has released his own version of time travel... I'm interested in reading it.

A recent search on Amazon.com turned up a massive volume by Vincent Bugolsia, the famous prosecutor (of Helter Skelter fame, prosecuting Charlie Manson from 1969) that is titled "Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The book was written as a result of his invitation to participate in a London Weekend Television production of "The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald" back in the mid-1980s.

The prosecutor writes a good book. Factual, clear and mixed with human emotion over the actions, mistakes and tragedies that unfold.

And the first four chapters, describing minute by minute, the four days of November 22-25, 1963 are especially good.  But I want to direct your attention to his opening introduction on why he believes there was NO conspiracy and how he came to believe the Warren Commission report.

Further, he proves that within one minute, he can show that most people are not thinking logically about the charges of conspiracy that have become so popular these days.

Without savaging Oliver Stone, he is critical of the distortions presented in the film "JFK" that so many Americans may be accepting as truth.

It's a fascinating book, read on CD by the distinguished Edward Herman... the usual narrator for the History Channel documentaries. (And, co-incidentally, also played the adult boyfriend in the movie "The Lost Boys", if you need a visual reference for him.)

In short, it's a respectable job that sweeps away all the conspiracy theories.  If you want a shorter version, just the first four chapters and the summary are reprinted as a separate, shorter volume, also available from Amazon and other sources.

I'd recommend taking a listen to it on Audible.com if you don't have time to search out the truth for yourself.

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