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  • Writer's pictureFred Litwin

Daniel Patrick Moynihan on Oliver Stone's 'JFK'

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And so to "JFK." It could be viewed as parody. The homosexual orgies in the New Orleans town house of the villain Clay Shaw are straight out of Maria Monk's nunnery in Montreal. The generals boozing it up as they plan the murder of their commander-in-chief are straight out of Ramparts in a slow week in the '60s. The black waiter who hears nothing is, well, MGM in the '30s. A John Birch look-alike is the fake erudition. Garrison is forever going on about those who practice to deceive, about riddles wrapped in mysteries inside enigmas. Of particular note: "Let justice be done, though the heavens fall." At one point I all but yelled out: "Jim! Use the code! Fiat Justica Ruat Coelum."

Previous Relevant Blog Posts on Oliver Stone's JFK

An important article from The Atlantic by Edward Jay Epstein on Oliver Stone's JFK.

Wrone was a friend of Harold Weisberg's and was also very critical of JFK.

More inane comments on the JFK assassination.

An excerpt from an interview with Chris Wallace.

A good opinion piece from the Boston Globe.

Two letters from Weisberg to Stone.

A good review of Stone's JFK.

Two JFK researchers watch Stone's JFK.

An interesting look back.

Wicker reviews JFK for the New York Times and Weisberg responds.

Even this counterculture newspaper knew the truth about JFK.

David Lifton gave me permission to post this letter.

The Deputy Chief Counsel of the HSCA offers up some opinions.

Garrison instructed Tommy Lee Jones on how to play Clay Shaw.

The Advocate writes about Oliver Stone and Jim Garrison.

This post has a large Robert Sam Anson article on the film JFK from Esquire magazine.

Pershing Gervais, Garrison's first chief investigator, and reporter Rosemary James report back on the film JFK.

Lardner writes a memo to his editors about Oliver Stone.

Over the past several months, I have shown in multiple blog posts how Oliver Stone's documentary series, JFK Revisited and JFK: Destiny Betrayed, misleads viewers. In fact, despite months of work, there are still many more misleading segments that need to be addressed. It's no wonder that the fact checkers of Netflix nixed the airing of the films.

There is a choice between four hours of tendentious nonsense (JFK: Destiny Betrayed) and two hours (JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass). As a handy guide for viewers, here are all those posts in order of their appearance in JFK: Destiny Betrayed and JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, preceded by some general critiques.


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