The ABC/Peter Jenning's Special on the JFK Assassination:
A Repeat of Discredited Lone-Gunman Arguments
Michael T. Griffith, 2003
I've received many e-mails asking me about the Peter Jenning's special on the John F. Kennedy assassination on ABC. Basically, the program did little else but offer a rehash of old, discredited lone-gunman arguments. The special essentially ignored the mass of new evidence that has come from the files that were released by the Assassination Records Review Board in the 1990s. It also ignored the work of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) regarding Jack Ruby, his Mafia ties, and his suspicious actions before and after the assassination. The program relied heavily on the spurious computer animations of Dale Myers and on the biased, problematic research of Gus Russo and Gerald Posner. Even people who knew little of the JFK case when they watched the show have commented to me that it was obvious from the outset that the program was very one-sided.
I would recommend that anyone who has viewed or will view the ABC special take the time to read the following articles, which I have arranged by subject matter:
Problems With the Research of Gus Russo, Dale Myers, and Gerald Posner
As mentioned, the ABC special relied heavily on the research of Russo, Myers, and Posner. As just one example of the problems with these men's work, Myers' computer simulation of the single-bullet theory ignores the fact that Kennedy's neck tie had no hole through it, only a nick, and that the nick in the tie knot was not on either edge of the knot. If a bullet caused the slits in the front of Kennedy's shirt, as the single-bullet theory claims, then that bullet could not possibly have been traveling in the required trajectory because it would have had to completely miss the tie.
Medical Evidence of Shots From the Front
There is growing evidence of a shot from the front, but the ABC program ignored this evidence.
Oswald's Shooting Ability and the Alleged Shooting Feat
The Peter Jenning's special repeated the claim that Oswald was capable of doing the shooting and that the shooting feat would not have been that difficult.
The Acoustical Evidence of A Shot From the Grassy Knoll
The ABC special attempted to discredit the acoustical evidence that was developed by the HSCA. These articles present some of the evidence that supports the HSCA's findings on the acoustical evidence.
New Evidence From Released Files
Peter Jennings said virtually nothing about the new evidence of conspiracy that has come from recently released assassination-related files.
Incredibly, the ABC program defended the work and findings of the Warren Commission, in spite of the massive evidence against the commission's claims and credibility.
Jack Ruby, the Mafia, and the Shooting of Oswald
The ABC special failed to deal with the wealth of evidence that Jack Ruby had considerable Mafia ties, that he engaged in highly suspicious activity before and after the assassination, and that he killed Oswald in order to silence him.
The Case for Conspiracy