Ancient scrolls often have mysterious gaps called lacunae that make part of their text seemingly lost forever. Missing material also thwarts consumers of modern newspapers and broadcasts, whose gaps we must overcome to understand the crises harming so many communities and families.
One such gap is involves the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and several other progressive leaders in the 1960s. Our media are filled with tributes to Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and other fallen heroes, but with scant context on who killed them, why and with what consequence.
Filling in the gaps of such modern mysteries is the topic of my lecture April 23 at the University of Hartford in central Connecticut, along with a cable television interview earlier i the day.
At the free university lecture open to the public, my goal is to reveal facts that the mainstream media are reluctant to share about those deaths.
Also, I show how these gaps in our knowledge prevent an informed publc from addressing current events, including selection of candidates for the 2016 presidential election. My focus is on the party leaders regarding Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush.
The 7 p.m. lecture’s overall framework is drawn from my book Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters and a century-long history of ruthless domestic power plays that arguably include the 1963 assassination of Kennedy.
The lecture tracks part of our column here last month, Why Bill O’Reilly’s Lie About JFK’s Murder Might Matter To You.
That report showed the how the Fox News host has been caught lying in his best-selling Killing Kennedy book about his presence at the death of George de Mohrenschildt, a friend and likely CIA handler for accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. O’Reilly’s lie helps expose a longstanding pattern of CIA-orchestrated media cover-up for the perpetrators of a crime that has shaped American history to the present in ways largely unreported by the corporate media.
In the face of this crime and its cover-up (shown by a 24-part “Readers Guide” to the assassination linked below), we face the frightening conclusion that no president can feel safe so long as the news media protect the killers of a president, the patsy Oswald, and witnesses.
The University of Hartford event is part of the monthly series “Progressive Movie Night” held in Hillyer Hall at Auerbach on the campus, which is at 200 Bloomfield Ave. in West Hartford.
Although the specific audience is progressive the material is drawn from sources across the political spectrum. The lacunae image that began this column, for example, is drawn from the writing of Ron Unz, former publisher of The American Conservative and a onetime guest on my radio show, Washington Update.