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Jim Lehrer on the Kennedy Assassination

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Jim Lehrer moderating the first debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Getty)

On November 22, 1963, Jim Lehrer was a reporter in Dallas covering President Kennedy's visit. Now the executive editor of PBS NewsHour, Lehrer discusses his 21st novel Top Down in which he writes about what would have happened if Kennedy wasn't assassinated on that fateful day in 1963.

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Comments [10]

Bob from CA

Talk about clueless...Brian Lehrer thinking that the Kennedy assassination was caused by anything other than a left-wing Castro supporting, Soviet Union loving nut. Holding THAT and the right-wing against Texas shows ignorance at its highest.

Oct. 16 2013 03:40 PM
mark lane from bronx

The most important clue to the JFK assassination can be found in this Youtube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMuF1u94cic

Oct. 09 2013 11:27 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The reason we are having so much trouble with government is that - o-care is an entrenchment of abortion in our society. So, bad things will happen, from one day to the next.

Oct. 09 2013 02:53 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Quite a personal confession. Well, nothing happens without the will of God. It wasn't Mr. Lehrer's intention.

Oct. 09 2013 11:24 AM

There is a 9 part History Channel series that makes a very good case that LBJ was the lynchpin in the Assassination of JFK.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2agPurqFJk

Oct. 09 2013 11:16 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I *hope* it's the height of the Tea Party's power, in the sense that they never get any more powerful than they are now.

Oct. 09 2013 11:14 AM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes, NJ

There is a poitically incorrect, too section in my book Ornamentally Incorrect. This is the coda

Nut Country
Nelson Bunker Hunt ran an ad in the Dallas Morning News on November 22, 1963. The ad headlined "Welcome Mr. Kennedy to Dallas", then went on to say "…we free-thinking and America-thinking citizens of Dallas still have, through a Constitution largely ignored by you, the right to adress our grievances, to question you, to disagree with you, and to criticize you. "

The ad went on to ask 12 questions such as:
• Why is Latin America turning either anti-American or Communistic, or both, despite increased U.S. foreign aid, State Department policy, and your own Ivy-Tower pronouncements?
• Why have you approved the sale of wheat and corn to our enemies when you know the Communist soldiers 'travel on their stomachs', just as ours do? Communist soldiers are daily killing and/or wounding American soldiers in South Viet Nam.
• Why did you host, salute and entertain Tito — Moscow's Trojan Horse — just a short time after our sworn enemy, Krushchev, embraced the Communist dictator as a great leader and hero of Communism?
• Why has Gus Hall, head of the U.S. Communist party praised almost every one of your policies and announced that the party will endorse and support your re-election in 1964?
• Why have you banned the showing of “Operation Abolition” — the movie by the House Committee on Unamerican Activites exposing Communism in America?

The ad concluded “Mr. Kennedy, as citizens of these United States of America, we DEMAND answers to these questions and we want them NOW.” The ad was signed The American Fact-Finding Committee, "an unaffiliated and non-partisan group of citizens who wish truth."

Jack Kennedy read the ad in his hotel room that sunny morning of the last day of his life. "We're heading into nut country today", he said.

Oct. 09 2013 11:09 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I don't think Plexiglas breaks into shards the way actual glass does. On the other hand, I wonder if having the bubble top up might have made it harder to aim.

Oct. 09 2013 11:04 AM
The Truth from Becky

Brian, stop saying "no relation", does that really matter?

Oct. 09 2013 11:03 AM
antonio ortiz from BaySide

What does Mr. Lehrer think of the movie 'Virtual JFK'

Don't want to get into a debate about the dubious events of the day, but what does MR. Lehrer think of the conflicting outcomes of United States House Select Committee on Assassinations vs. the Warren Commission?

Oct. 09 2013 10:44 AM

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