August 29, 2012
WHITEWASH-the report on the Warren Report by Harold Weisberg, Chapter 8 : Oswald's Murder: The Press & The Police I
Knoxville, Tennessee (JFKASSASSINATION) Today JFKASSASSINATION begins our report on Chapter 8 of Harold Weisberg's book "Whitewash--the report on the Warren Report", published in 1965.
Harold Weisberg asks this question as he begins this chapter:
"Who was responsible for the murder of (Lee Harvey) Oswald?"*
*As almost everyone knows, Jack Ruby committed the murder. Not only were there many eyewitnesses present, it was being televised LIVE to millions of people.
So Mr. Weisberg is asking who made it possible for Jack Ruby to shoot at point blank range the man who had been charged with the killing of the President of the United States in the very basement of the headquarters of the police department that had so charged him.
Harold Weisberg's quick answer is: THE PRESS.
But goes on to say this was the "inference" of the Warren Commission in Chapter 5 of their report which he describes as "Alice-in-Wonderland-like."
Weisberg says that the precautions the Dallas Police took to protect Oswald during the transfer "were so completely inadequate that there was almost nothing the police could have done that they did not, short of arming & hiding the murderer, to facilitate that murder."
Despite this fact, Weisberg writes, "the Report makes no explicit criticism of the police...."
He says further that the Warren Report makes no attempt to address the issue of Oswald being killed while in the custody of the Dallas Police.
Mr. Weisberg wonders why no one seems to question the statement in the Report that there were 300 newsmen in the building where Oswald was shot.
He goes on to say the Dallas Police was more concerned with feeding the Press information rather than about protecting the alleged assassin.
Mr. Weisberg argues that the Press is NOT GUILTY of contributing to Oswald's death because they violated no laws & were abiding by "longstanding police practices."
In Harold Weisberg's view, the members of the PRESS were "completely without blame."