Oliver Stone's JFK: a basket case for conspiracy

Oliver Stone's fine fictional account of John F Kennedy's assassination dodges the truth like a magic bullet

Director: Oliver Stone

Entertainment grade: B

History grade: Fail

On 22 November 1963, American president John F Kennedy was shot and killed as he drove through Dallas, Texas. The Warren Commission, charged with investigating the assassination, concluded that he was murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone.


The film opens with a documentary montage, presenting Kennedy (very questionably) as a radical progressive who upset the establishment and therefore found himself on the road to assassination. This is mixed in with recreated fictional footage, and segues into the movie itself without distinction – making a discreet but definite claim for documentary-level accuracy. Our hero is New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison – who, in another subtle bid for trustworthiness, is played by 1991's biggest mainstream Hollywood star, Kevin Costner. There's no doubt about it: Oliver Stone
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Daniel Schorr dies at 93

Daniel Schorr, whose distinguished and often controversial broadcast journalism career spanned six decades, died Friday at a Washington hospital. He was 93.

Schorr began as one of Edward R. Murrow's recruits at CBS, earned Emmys in three straight years for reporting on the Watergate scandal during the 1970s and achieved the distinction of being included on President Nixon's "Enemies List." He counted his inclusion by Nixon as his greatest achievement.

Schorr joined CNN in 1979, becoming the nucleus of the fledgling cable outfit's foray into round-the-clock news and its quest for legitimacy. He left in 1985 and had since been serving as a news analyst at NPR, contributing regularly to "All Things Considered" and other programs.

Schorr likened his TV coverage to that of a hard-nosed newspaper investigative journalist, who researched an area extensively and then queried his interviewee with authority, unlike the usual style of sticking a microphone in front of
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Why the newly unveiled film of JFK's last day is so compelling

William Ward Warren's footage of Kennedy's arrival at Love Field airport on that fateful day in 1963 is a poignant relic from an era before we all became paparazzi

When the president of the United States makes a public appearance these days, every minute – perhaps every second – is captured from multiple angles by multiple cameras, most of them owned by amateurs. The same was not true in 1963, which is one of the reasons the previously unseen footage of John F Kennedy arriving at Dallas's Love Field airport on the day of his death – released this week by the city's Sixth Floor Museum, which is dedicated to the assassination and its context – is so compelling.

William Ward Warren was a 15-year-old high school student when he filmed the three minutes of 8mm footage the museum released. Local kids were excused lessons because of the presidential visit, so Warren got a ride to the airport from his dad,
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