Life magazine and its publisher, C.D. Jackson, played major roles in the coverup of President John F. Kennedy’s November 22, 1963 assassination. This began with the publication’s purchase and censoring of the amateur film of the assassination captured by Abraham Zapruder, and the wholesale manufacture of Marina Oswald’s story that eventually appeared in the pages of Life.

A longtime associate of the CIA and Dulles specifically, Jackson had arranged for CIA agents to use Time-Life reporter credentials as cover during the 1950s. Upon news of Kennedy’s assassination, Life sent Richard Billings “to coordinate the hyperactive Life team in Dallas that swiftly bought up the Zapruder film and the rights to Marina’s story,” observes longtime political researcher Peter Dale Scott. “A principal in both preemptive purchases (the Zapruder film was never publicly screened, as long as life had exclusive ownership of it) was Billing’s relative-in-law C.D. Jackson, a veteran of CIA propaganda activities with [Director of Central Intelligence] Dulles.”

Jackson also proved central “[i]n an arrangement covered up by Warren Commission testimony,” Scott notes.

Jackson and Life arranged, at the urging of Dulles, to have Marina’s story ghost-written for Life by Issac Don Levine, a veteran CIA publicist. In 1953, when Jackson was Eisenhower’s special assistant for psychological warfare, the Jackson-Dulles-Levine team had collaborated on the U.S.-CIA psychological warfare response to the death of Stalin.

Peter Dale Scott, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993, 55, 117.



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6 thought on “The CIA and the Media: Historical Fact #97”
  1. It’s not easy to find much out about Jackson’s background, other than that he went to Princeton undergrad and some presumably private high school in Pennsylvania.

    One article I googled mentioned his connections to Eisenhower and the WWII psy op. Jackson isn’t a german name so his complicity, indeed orchestration, of such anti-german lies like the so-called Holocaust might not involve the crypto-ness I suspect lies behind Eisenhower’s treachery. Who knows. Money and power motivate some people to commit all kinds of evil.

    Two articles on the topic of Eisenhower’s race/ethnicity:

    1. Sue is correct that there are many gaps in information about Charles Douglas Jackson. Quote:
      “Mr. Jackson was born here March 16, 1902. As a boy he accompanied his father, a marble and stone importer, on annual business trips to Europe. After elementary schooling in Switzerland, he attended the Hill. School in Pottstown, Pa. He graduated from Princeton in 1924.
      He had planned to stay at Princeton as an instructor in French, but his father’s death made it necessary for him to take over the family business. Like his father, he traveled extensively through Europe, purchasing marble and other building materials.
      Sold Business in 1931
      The Depression hit the business hard however and he sold it in 1931. In the fall of that year, Mr. Jackson called upon Henry R. Luce, editor in chief of Time, and persuaded him that he could be helpful despite his lack of a journalistic background.
      “I guess I psychologically warfared them into giving me a job,” Mr. Jackson recalled later.
      His first title in the organization was assistant to the president.”
      “He found time, too, to serve on the boards of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Free Europe Committee, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Metropolitan Opera Asso¬ciation, Project HOPE, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
      Mr. Jackson lived with his wife, the former Grace Bristed, in the Dakota Apartments at Central Park West and 72d Street. He is survived also by his mother, Mrs. Eda F. Jackson, and a brother, Alan B. Jackson.
      A memorial service will be held Tuesday noon at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. Burial will be at Stockbridge, Mass.”
      “Charles Douglas Jackson, a guiding figure in Time, Inc., and confidant of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, died of cancer Friday night in New York Hospital. His age was 62. “C. D.,” as Mr. Jackson was known, has been with the giant magazine enterprise for 33 years”
      The Wikipedia article for Charles Douglas Jackson has many gaps and is quoted by others over and over again. This article from the NYTimes at his death fills in some of the gaps. It appears much information about this obvious member of the upper New York Society has been scrubbed for unknown reasons although likely due to his CIA connections. Blogs have been created to fill in some of the blanks. He was evidently born with a silver spoon and had the chutzpah to call the very busy and important President of TIME, INC., Henry Luce, and actually talk to him on the telephone a very improbable event.

      1. The link to Charles Douglas Jackson’s easy access to tptb may be through his wife, Katherine Elizabeth “Grace” Bristed Jackson. She was a descendant of John Jacob Astor. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jackson are buried in the very unusual Sedgwick Pie family plot at the Stockbridge Cemetery in the Berkshires, MA. The plot originated with Mrs. Jackson’s side of the family.

        The “Sedgwick Pie” is a cemetery plot in the United States. It is the family burial plot of the Sedgwick family in Stockbridge Cemetery, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and gets its nickname from its shape and layout.

        1931 is the year Mr. Jackson sold the family business and later that year contacted Mr. Luce.

        GRACE BRISTED RRIDE OF CHARLES D. JACKSON; Wedding of First John Jacob Astor’s Descendant Takes Place of Her Lenox Home.
        Special to The New York Times.SEPT. 13, 1931
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        LENOX, Mass., Sept. 12.–Miss Grace Bristed, daughter of Charles Actor Bristed and the late Mrs. Bristed, and a great-great-granddaughter of the first John Jacob Actor, was married at noon today to Charles …

        (NYT 1931 typo above: the name is Astor, not Actor)

        The inscription on Mr. Jackson’s gravestone reads:
        “–Whatsoever Things Are True—”
        St. Paul Apostle to the Philippians Chapter 4 Verse 8

  2. The reason research is so interesting and fun is one gets led down so many “dead end roads” in the process, and almost never down the correct one, but sometimes one of the dead ends is better than the one one was searching for in the first place! While Wikipedia is not my favorite, as Sue above states there is little information about Charles Douglas Jackson although he was a very prominent figure during his life from 1902-1964. The Wikipedia article begins by the title of General. But I could not find any other support or documentation that indeed he was a General in our military during WWII. However the article indicates he was in the office of the OSS or Office of Security Services under General Donovan, predecessor to the current CIA. This led me to a fascinating fact which I had never heard of before at the link provided: Quote:
    “Major League Baseball player Moe Berg was recruited by the OSS in 1943 because of his language skills,[45] assigned to the Secret Intelligence branch, and took part in missions in the Caribbean, South America, France, England, Norway, Italy, and the Balkans.[46] Later, Berg was briefed in nuclear physics, and sent to Zürich, Switzerland, posing as a Swiss physics student,[47] with the mission of attending a lecture at the Technische Hochschule by Germany’s top nuclear scientist, Werner Heisenberg.[48][49] His orders were to kill the scientist if he determined that the Germans were far along in their efforts to build an atomic weapon;[50] he found that the scientist was not a threat.[51] Berg was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but declined to accept it as he was forbidden from saying what he had done to receive the award.[52] He is the only former Major League Baseball player whose baseball card is displayed at CIA headquarters.[53]”
    How about this for a “dead end road”? Our corrupt government briefs a baseball player in nuclear physics, a very difficult subject which requires years to fully understand for even a top physics student, and give him the U.S. government authority to surreptitiously murder the greatest or one of the greatest physicists of all time in Germany Werner Heisenberg at a public lecture in Switzerland! Such a criminal act is just about as low as a country, the United States of America, could go. I submit if the many physicists on the Manhattan Project, to produce the Atomic Bomb, had been informed of this secret plot to murder Professor Dr. W. Heisenberg of Germany, they would have all walked off the job and refused to work on this insane project any more. This is a perfect example of how our country reached rock bottom during WWII and may equal the lies told to get us into the war in the first place by the criminal outlaw President Roosevelt.
    And to add insult to injury, General Donovan, head of this secret criminal agency OSS, paid another military assassin $10,000 in 1945 to plan and carry out the murder of General George S. Patton. Even Ike and his cronies were in on this plot. You see they hated Patton’s guts because he was going to return home and blow the whistle on Ike’s mistreatment of German Prisoners of War in patent violation of the international laws of war, and other improper and criminal misconduct as well. The United States is built on a house of cards. It is nothing but a criminal cesspool like all those it hypocritically criticizes. The lies in the history books somehow never get removed or corrected do they? It is very likely General George S. Patton would have been elected President instead of Ike had he not been murdered in a plot conceived by these criminals and lied about in lying high school history books.
    Winfield J. Abbe, Ph.D., Physics

    1. Quote:
      Werner Heisenberg was born on 5th December, 1901, at Würzburg.
      “In 1926 he was appointed Lecturer in Theoretical Physics at the University of Copenhagen under Niels Bohr and in 1927, when he was only 26, he was appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Leipzig.
      Heisenberg’s name will always be associated with his theory of quantum mechanics, published in 1925, when he was only 23 years old. For this theory and the applications of it which resulted especially in the discovery of allotropic forms of hydrogen, Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for 1932.”
      Werner Heisenberg died on February 1, 1976.”
      Professor Dr. Werner Heisenberg, a genius level physicist from Germany, is considered one of the greatest physicists of all time.

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