November 18, 2013
Just as historical accounts in the old Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin would edit out any references to Leon Trotsky, so CBS News is editing out any references to its former news reporter and anchor Dan Rather in its “coverage” of the November 22, 1963 murder of John Kennedy.
For fifty years Dan Rather has been “Rather Biased” concerning the Kennedy assassination and the Warren Commission cover-up of what took place that day in Dallas. As a Dealey Plaza “eye-witness” to those tragic events, together with his tenacious adherence to the government’s “official story” is what made (and launched) his CBS network news broadcasting career.
On November 22, 1963, a coup d’état by Lyndon Johnson and the highest echelons of the National Security State was accomplished with the brutal murder of President John F. Kennedy. Andrew Gavin Marshall has written an excellent and concise online summary article, “The National Security State and the Assassination of JFK,” which compliments the definitive, path-breaking research of author James W. Douglass in JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.
The “smoking gun” in the cover-up of the assassination is found in CIA Dispatch #1035-960(available online). This was the crucial covert directive to the CIA’s Operation Mockingbirdelite media assets to vigorously denounce critics of the Warren Commission Report as “conspiracy theorists.” This is when that particular derogatory term of denunciation and disinformation entered the national conversation in an attempt to cut off and stifle informed debate on the president’s murder because the path of evidence would lead directly to those elements behind the sinister cover-up.
These facts are discussed in detail in Lance deHaven-Smith’s authoritative Conspiracy Theory in America (Austin, TX: University of Texas Press). Dr. Smith is a widely published scholar in peer-reviewed academic journals and is Professor in the Reubin O’ D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University in Tallahassee. DeHaven-Smith has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, CBS Nightly News with Dan Rather, the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and other national TV and radio shows.
The upcoming CBS line-up of “programing” (sans Dan Rather) will continue their five decades of disinformation, deceit, and duplicity regarding Kennedy’s murder.
CBS chairman William Paley, Fred Friendly, and Edward R. Murrow were part of the Agency’s Operation Mockingbird to provide deflection and cover for the CIA’s ‘family jewels’ of the day. CBS News president Sig Mickelson (1954-61) was liaison to the CIA. Because of his frequent communications, Mickelson even had a direct private phone line installed to the Agency. CBS anchorman Walter Cronkite was a former military intelligence officer also connected within this elite nexus.
CIA director Allen Dulles (fired by JFK after the Bay of Pigs disaster and later the key member of the Warren Commission cover-up), CBS chairman William Paley, and CBS board director Senator Prescott Bush were intimate associates in various sociopolitical networks of the northeastern seaboard establishment found in Washington and New York during the days of the early Cold War. Whether they would meet in their elite private clubs, at the Harold Pratt House of the Council on Foreign Relations, or in Wall Street corporate and bank board rooms, these old birds of a feather flocked, connived, schemed, and conspired together.
Ironically it was Dan Rather’s reporting on Prescott Bush’s grandson which got him sacked from CBS. Investigative journalist Russ Baker’s superb book, Family of Secrets, vindicated Rather in detailing George Walker Bush’s AWOL absentee record and criminal behavior regarding the National Guard during the Viet Nam War. Baker also illuminated Prescott’s son George Herbert Walker Bush’s curious connections to the unfolding events in Dallas on November 22, 1963.
Charles A. Burris [send him mail] teaches history in the Murray N. Rothbard Room at Memorial High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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