I watched Real Time with Bill Maher last night, always good for a laugh. But it was the 50th for JFK and I hoped there’d be some discussion. Understand that on American TV it is not possible to have a full discussion complete with evidence and skeptics. Only official truth is allowed, but Maher occasionally pushes the line, since HBO is less susceptible to advertiser pressure.
It was all predictable except:
- Maher said the Magic Bullet theory was a little suspicious!* He then stopped in his tracks, having hit the wall.
- Paul Begala said that he sat around a table with John F. Kennedy, Jr. And others at the time that he was launching George Magazine. Begala smuggled some truth into the show: He said he asked him if he was going to use the magazine as a platform to find out what really happened to his father.
(JFK Jr. Told him that he viewed it as pointless, that no matter what happened that day, he grew up without a dad.)
The art of assassination has gotten so much better over time. No one questions whether JFK Jr.’s death was murder. Most likely it was. Even the smart ones don’t know to wonder about that. We’re deep, deep into thought-controlled environs, much more so than in 1963.
Paul Begala offers all we can hope for on mainstream TV, a little bit of smuggling. Katty Kay, a fearless BBC news journalist, also a guest, was oblivious. She offered wisdom about the nature of conspiracy theorists and was clueless about the assassination. She obviously has never exposed herself to any evidence. But what can we expect? If she did so, and if she internalized the implications, she’d soon be out of work, either voluntarily or by force.
This is key to journalists who work in the US: They are not disingenuous. They are not dishonest. They are simply incurious by nature, and deep into group-think. Those who do not exhibit those traits don’t advance. There are no ticking time bombs in these folks. The right questions never occur to them.
*The Magic Bullet Theory is not suspicious. It is merely ludicrous.