Friday, November 16, 2007

Big Media Coverage of JFK Assassination

During the early 1990s, Big Media institutions like the New York Times, CBS and the Washington Post did not appear too eager to finally let people in the U.S. know who really was responsible for the elimination of President Kennedy in Dallas on November 22, 1963. As Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba and The Garrison Case by James DiEugenio noted in the early 1990s:

“The Kennedy assassination and the Garrison investigation highlighted the shortcomings of the American print and electronic media. Their lack of vigor in seriously investigating the assassination and their gullibility in accepting the Warren Commission Report was staggering…Then with the exposure of the Garrison inquiry in February of 1967, we saw the other side of this eager embrace of the Report: a vicious smear campaign against those who expressed reservations about it…

“Some publications like the New York Times had then and still have a vested interest in seeing the official story prevail. Likewise, the Washington Post for years after the assassination had a policy of not reviewing books critical of the Warren Report…Many journalists just completely missed the story the first time around and do not like to admit that fact…”

(Downtown 5/12/93)

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