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FTR #751 Interview with Russ Baker

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FTR #751 (30-minutes, only)

The death of Robert F. Kennedy

Introduction: Revisiting Russ Baker, the author of Family of Secrets, we covered a number of topics.

We began with a recent addition to a long line of intelligence community disinformation about the assassination of President Kennedy. A retired CIA officer named Brian Latell has published a book hinting that Oswald was following “communist” handlers, a line of disinformation that helped to dissuade many from a serious investigation of the assassination at the time.

Arguably the best known of the peddlers of disinformation about the Kennedy assassination is Gerald Posner. We detailed Russ’ article about Gerald Posner’s most recent line of endeavor–flacking for the brother of Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan. Ahmed Karzai has been accused of ties to drug smuggling and of accepting gratuities from the CIA.

Noted as being one of the most successful and high profile of the resident attack dogs at Fox News, Bill O’Reilly did some good work on the JFK assassination, once upon a time.

We concluded the interview with the topic of the assassination of Robert Kennedy. We discussed the RFK assassination’s return to the courtroom, behind the efforts of attorney William Pepper.

Program Highlights Include: the interesting background of Sirhan Sirhan’s first attorney, Grant Cooper; Bill O’Reilly’s Damascus Road conversion to the “Lee Harvey Oswald as lone nut” view of the JFK assassination; review of the fact that more shots were fired in the Ambassador Hotel than Sirhan could possibly have discharged; review of the coroner’s evidence in the RFK assassination; review of some of the basic facts of President Kennedy’s assassination.

1. Beginning with a recent addition to a long line of intelligence community disinformation about the assassination of President Kennedy. A retired CIA officer named Brian Latell has published a book hinting that Oswald was following “communist” handlers, a line of disinformation that helped to dissuade many from a serious investigation of the assassination at the time.

2. Arguably the best known of the peddlers of disinformation about the Kennedy assassination is Gerald Posner. We detailed Russ’ article about Gerald Posner’s most recent line of endeavor–flacking for the brother of Hamid Karzai, the president of Afghanistan. Ahmed Karzai has been accused of ties to drug smuggling and of accepting gratuities from the CIA.

3. Noted as being one of the most successful and high profile of the resident attack dogs at Fox News, Bill O’Reilly did some good work on the JFK assassination, once upon a time. We noted that O’Reilly’s professional situation was perfectly representative of the professional journalistic landscape in America. Shunned for his good reporting of the intelligence community’s efforts at suppressing New Orleans DA Jim Garrison’s investigation of the JFK assassination, O’Reilly headed former George H.W. Bush campaign manager Roger Ailes’ admonition to drop that line of inquiry if he wanted his career to stay on track. (Ailes is now the head of Fox News.)

4. Much of the discussion focused on the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. We discussed the RFK assassination’s return to the courtroom, behind the efforts of attorney William Pepper.

We highlighted a number of aspects of the investigation, including: the alleged presence of CIA officer George Joannides at the Ambassador Hotel on the night Robert Kennedy was killed; Joannides’ work as the liaison between the CIA and the House Select Committee on Assassinations; review of “the girl in the polka dot dress”; evidence that more shots were fired in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel than Sirhan could have fired; a witness’ claim that there should be “no more cover-ups”; the stunning account of Sirhan Sirhan’s first attorney, Grant Cooper, who behaved more like a prosecutor than a defense attorney; Cooper’s links to Johnny Roselli, believed by many to have been one of the organized crime figures involved with the assassination of JFK.

Discussion

One comment for “FTR #751 Interview with Russ Baker”

  1. When Fox News gets its claws on your brains, some sort of flights of fancy are to be expected. Just imagine what it does to people that actually work there:

    TPM Livewire
    Reporter: No Way O’Reilly Witnessed Suicide — He Even Got Location Wrong
    By Brendan James
    Published March 10, 2015, 11:05 AM EDT

    A reporter who said he was “the actual — and only — reporter” to have seen a JFK figure before he committed suicide in 1977 wrote that Bill O’Reilly was definitely not present at the time, and got his facts wrong in claiming he was.

    In a piece for Newsweek published on Tuesday, the biographer of JFK assassin Harvey Lee Oswald, Edward Jay Epstein, rebuked O’Reilly’s claim to have been on the scene when George de Mohrenschildt, a friend of Oswald, killed himself.

    O’Reilly has repeatedly said and written that while reporting on the assassination investigation for Texas station WFAA, he was at the doorstep of the house in Florida where Mohrenschildt killed himself.

    Epstein explained that he had interviewed de Mohrenschildt only hours before the Russian emigré died, and wrote that “O’Reilly’s story does not fit the facts.”

    “For one thing, O’Reilly put himself at the wrong house,” Epstein wrote, pointing out that O’Reilly claimed to have heard the shotgun blast at de Mohrenschildt’s daughter’s house. According to Epstein, de Mohrenschildt killed himself at the home of C.E. Tilton.

    In audio recordings of a 1977 phone call with investigator Gaeton Fonzi on the day of the suicide, O’Reilly can be heard saying he had not yet traveled to Florida and had heard of the death secondhand. Ex-colleagues have also told the liberal watchdog Media Matters that O’Reilly was in Texas at the time.

    Ironically, in those same recordings, O’Reilly can be heard referencing “Epstein,” saying, “he knows what happened.”

    “We gotta get this guy Epstein,” O’Reilly said on the tapes. “I’m comin’ down there tomorrow, I’m comin’ to Florida.”

    “We gotta get this guy, he knows what happened,” O’Reilly said in the recording.

    Keep in mind that O’Reilly’s revelation came out in his 2012 book Killing Kennedy, where O’Reilly concludes that Oswald acted alone.

    In other news…

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | March 10, 2015, 11:58 am

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