Andrew Kreig appears on Real Politik to discuss the forthcoming Assassination Archives and Research Center’s Conference on the Warren Report and the JFK Assassination. Kreig is the conference’s Communications Director, in addition to being a consultant, attorney and investigative journalist.* Kreig and RP host James Tracy also discuss the major media’s accompanying disinformation program on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
“We do think in terms of round numbers,” Kreig notes, “and to let the 50th anniversary of a deeply, deeply flawed report pass is a huge opportunity wasted.” This is because public opinion overwhelmingly demands such analysis and discussion. According to Kreig,
Most of the American people–in fact, according to some polls, over 70%–believe that the Warren Commission Report is wrong in its central conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald killed the President from the rear with three shots, acting by himself. Many, if not all, of these other disputes do not have this level of evidence and this level of broad support from the public. So this is just a unique opportunity to drill down and show that the general public is correct–not the conventional wisdom.
Indeed, such seemingly commonsensical notions that Oswald was the principal agent in the assassination of John F. Kennedy is exhibited more so via mainstream media outlets and often mistaken for public opinion itself. Along these lines, “we see that the media is not really a separate entity [operating apart from] the powerful controllers,” Kreig observes. “I spend a lot of time with reporters. The culture is, ‘Oh, we’re all independent. Nobody tells us what to do.'” Yet censorship of mainstream journalism is much more subtle; those in power “don’t have to write a memo to control things.”
The JFK assassination and its coverup via the Warren Report are as contemporary as tomorrow’s headlines, Kreig asserts. “I would suggest for every American who values freedom that this is not the past.” Many do not recognize the event’s significance because mainstream journalists, news outlets, and academics implicitly cling to or even actively promote the Warren Commission’s untenable “magic bullet” hypothesis.
I mention some journalists, and there are also many historians, and I’ve observed that they almost never have their feet held to the fire. Here in Washington last year the National Press Club, of which I’m a member, had a big session on this, and they asked many of these distinguished reporters, “What did you see?” and then they’d skip to, “Well, what are your thoughts of Kennedy?” And missing entirely from that is the most important information, which is, “What do you think of the evidence that’s come out in the last 50 years?”
And they don’t want to address that because many years of marketing have gone into building up these names–like Bob Schieffer of CBS, Dan Rather of CBS, and Jim Lehrer of PBS–as hard-hitting reporters. If they got into the evidence, in my view, it risks their entire reputation and the networks’ that have hired them, supposedly based on their great reporting.
*Mr. Kreig is a Washington DC-based attorney, nonprofit executive, and author of Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney, and Their Masters (Eagle View, 2013). As editor of the non-partisan Justice Integrity Project, he is a passionate and accomplished fighter for the public interest, with credentials including 14 years as a metro newspaper reporter, plus degrees from Yale Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, and Cornell University.