A 2003 Gallup poll showed 81% of Americans supported the idea of a conspiracy in the death of President Kennedy. A CBS poll in 2009 found 90% of the American public believes the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations was correct in determining “on the basis of the evidence available to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy”. If we stand with the greater majority of the American public and the official findings of the HSCA, why do mainstream news sources make us feel as if we constantly have to defend our position? Why are we referred to as lunatic fringe and conspiracy nuts? We are not scientifically illiterate people, uneducated or misinformed. Yet, somehow, conventional media sources see those who believe in more than a single shooter in Dealey Plaza as tin foil hat wearers incapable of critical thinking. Why?
A conspiracy theory originally meant an event was the result of collusion between interested parties. Currently, JFK assassination conspiracy theories symbolize ridiculous, misconceived, or irrational ideas. Unfortunately, this viewpoint results in rational theories or provable facts being lumped with ridiculous and bizarre conspiracy theories. Theories like ice bullets, Greer or Mrs. Kennedy shooting the President, or someone shooting a poison dart into the neck of the President to incapacitate him so that another shooter could make the kill shot. Over the years, media coverage of these eccentric ideas have made for juicy stories, and thus the ripple of an ill-conceived, yet publicized, conspiracy idea has grown to a tidal wave of conspiracy craziness.
The published and television news media industry has done a good job of focusing on what sells newspapers and attracts viewers, in doing so they have obviously determined there is no conspiracy in the assassination of John Kennedy. Sensationalism sells, not released documents casting a shadow on the government or government agencies. “Drinking the kool-aid” is a metaphor that represents embracing a philosophy with blind acceptance and without critical analysis or investigation. Mainstream media have been drinking the Warren Commission kool-aid for so long they have a stained tongue. Warren Commission devotees rely on this media misperception, so the 10% who think Oswald acted alone get all the persuasive and serious publicity.
We need to change the media perspective, but not with wild accusations and guesses. We have to point out methods to prove the HSCA was correct when they stated there likely was a conspiracy. So how are we going to do that? By finding an element of conspiracy we can hang our hat on, so to speak. I selected several in Enemy of the Truth: Myths, Forensics, and the Kennedy Assassination, but my favorite is disproving the single bullet theory. If the single bullet theory does not work, there had to be a second shooter. Even the most hard-core Warren Commission supporter can’t deny that.
President Kennedy once stated:
There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.
Please uses the attention the assassination will receive this year to learn and share viable information that proves a conspiracy. If we don’t speak up now, we may forever lose the opportunity to make change. Talk to friends, buy and share books and give reviews for other to consider, post links on your Facebook page. But, most importantly – act.