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Extra! How the Morning News Was Used To Help Frame Oswald--III: The Times Herald Connection
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Donald Willis
2005-02-18 22:02:16 UTC
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III: The Times Herald Connection

The How. The "hours dragged by" scene reads so implausibly that it sounds
almost as if Biffle's "first person" article had been rewritten for him by a
second person. Consider what happened to reporter Connie Kritzberg's 11/22/63
Dallas Times Herald story re President Kennedy's two wounds, which, she writes,
was "rewritten in whole" by--or so a city editor told her--"the FBI" (11/28/98
CK e-mail story, "Hey, you out there...")--a sentence was added which
"contradicted the rest of the story about two wounds".... Similarly, only a
second person, it seems--someone who was not there--could so cavalierly have
plucked Biffle's "His name is Lee Oswald" scene from its proper time & place,
disguised it, then--oops!--left *nothing* behind in its place, circa 1:20,
nothing to indicate that Biffle had, in fact--as Truly testified--been there
then to hear Truly say "His name is Lee Oswald". And only someone who was not
in the depository that afternoon could, it seems, have invented a roll call held
hours after the assassination, could have been unaware that at "approximately
1:45pm, [Billy Lovelady] & several other [depository] employees accompanied a
police officer to City Hall for questioning." (FBI interview of Lovelady
3/19/64)

Likewise, Biffle's two original stories seem *rewritten*, possibly by the same
non-newsperson who rewrote the Times Herald story:
I saw the sentence, not written by me, inserted in the third paragraph. It
jumped out at me: "A doctor admitted that it was possible there was only one
wound".... Responsible journalists always attribute remarks to sources, which I
had done. The sentence completely lacked attribution.... The addition simply
was not a sentence a reporter would write. What physician? Just someone
wandering by? And was the FBI at the newspaper so soon? Someone said they were
at other media points...." ("JFK: Secrets from the Sixth Floor Window,"
Kritzberg, pp25-26)

The Mourning News. Clearly, one of the other "media points" targeted for a
little rewriting was the other Dallas daily. Otherwise, why would it be such a
freakin' mystery who it was that Biffle heard talking about the "storage room on
the first floor"? At any rate, however, we can pretty much winnow out one
possible "who" right here and now, because, happily, the New York Herald Tribune
actually *quoted* O.V. Campbell re the storage room:
Shortly after the shooting we raced back into the building. We saw [Oswald] in
a small storage room on the ground floor. (11/23/63)
Clue One: Campbell said "ground floor"; Biffle's source said "first floor".
Clue Two: Campbell used the first-person plural; in the News, the officer, only,
is the subject of the sentence. This is a story being told two different ways,
by two different people. Campbell was not the source for "storage room on the
first floor".

What non-reporter was camouflaging sources in the News? What it comes down to:
What must be the two most important sentences ever to appear under Biffle's
byline ("In a storage room on the first floor, the officer, gun drawn, spotted
Oswald. 'Does this man work here?' the officer reportedly asked Truly") lacked
attribution. On November 23rd, did that "reportedly" jump out at Biffle? Like
Connie Kritzberg, did he find out after the fact that the heart had been cut out
of his story?

The Moaning Gnus. A third, final Section 1 sentence re the first-floor
confrontation does include some old-time attribution--surreally enough, however,
it does not concern the subject in question:
Truly, who said he had interviewed & hired Oswald a "couple of months earlier,"
reportedly told the policeman that Oswald was a worker.
You heard right--there are now *three* consecutive, pristine, unsourced
sentences re an event of surpassing urgency, yet within them, an *attributed*
statement re an event some two months old, about which, relatively speaking, no
one gives a good god damn. Either Biffle had the stupidest editor in the
history of journalism or his story was outsourced for governmental revision.
Donald Willis
2005-02-20 05:11:31 UTC
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III: The Times Herald Connection
The How. The "hours dragged by" scene reads so implausibly that it
sounds
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almost as if Biffle's "first person" article had been rewritten for
him by a
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second person. Consider what happened to reporter Connie Kritzberg's
11/22/63
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Dallas Times Herald story re President Kennedy's two wounds, which,
she writes,
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was "rewritten in whole" by--or so a city editor told her--"the FBI"
(11/28/98
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CK e-mail story, "Hey, you out there...")--a sentence was added which
"contradicted the rest of the story about two wounds".... Similarly,
only a
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second person, it seems--someone who was not there--could so
cavalierly have
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plucked Biffle's "His name is Lee Oswald" scene from its proper time
& place,
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disguised it, then--oops!--left *nothing* behind in its place, circa
1:20,
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nothing to indicate that Biffle had, in fact--as Truly
testified--been there
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then to hear Truly say "His name is Lee Oswald". And only someone
who was not
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in the depository that afternoon could, it seems, have invented a
roll call held
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hours after the assassination, could have been unaware that at
"approximately
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1:45pm, [Billy Lovelady] & several other [depository] employees
accompanied a
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police officer to City Hall for questioning." (FBI interview of
Lovelady
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3/19/64)
Likewise, Biffle's two original stories seem *rewritten*, possibly by
the same
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I saw the sentence, not written by me, inserted in the third
paragraph. It
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jumped out at me: "A doctor admitted that it was possible there was
only one
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wound".... Responsible journalists always attribute remarks to
sources, which I
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had done. The sentence completely lacked attribution.... The
addition simply
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was not a sentence a reporter would write. What physician? Just
someone
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wandering by? And was the FBI at the newspaper so soon? Someone
said they were
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at other media points...." ("JFK: Secrets from the Sixth Floor
Window,"
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Kritzberg, pp25-26)
The Mourning News. Clearly, one of the other "media points" targeted
for a
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little rewriting was the other Dallas daily. Otherwise, why would it
be such a
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freakin' mystery who it was that Biffle heard talking about the
"storage room on
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the first floor"? At any rate, however, we can pretty much winnow
out one
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possible "who" right here and now, because, happily, the New York
Herald Tribune
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Shortly after the shooting we raced back into the building. We saw
[Oswald] in
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a small storage room on the ground floor. (11/23/63)
Clue One: Campbell said "ground floor"; Biffle's source said "first
floor".
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Clue Two: Campbell used the first-person plural; in the News, the
officer, only,
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is the subject of the sentence. This is a story being told two
different ways,
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by two different people. Campbell was not the source for "storage
room on the
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first floor".
Ok, if Oswald is in the storage room on the first floor after the
shooting; what is his reason for going right up to the second floor
where he meets Mrs. Reid passing through her office?
CJ--Anyway that you try to fit Mrs R into the official scheme of things is
going to seem a little bizarre, as you suggest. If you take everyone here
at their word, when they testified, you wind up with: Baker saw Oswald,
in long sleeves, exit the lunchroom; Mrs R saw O, in no-sleeves T shirt,
enter the office. Doesn't work. (If you use either *earlier* affidavits
or *later* reminiscences, Baker situates the encounter near the stairway
or on the first floor.)

That's what she said. And she did not say that this was unusual wear for
O--so O typically worked in a T shirt, & (more importantly) worked in a T
shirt this particular day, or she would have remarked on the oddness.
And James Jarman confirms, in an affidavit, that O would leave his jacket
or overshirt downstairs, on a hangar, then work in his T shirt. But
*Baker* sez O was definitely wearing sleeves, whether a jacket or a
long-sleeved shirt, just after the shooting. Which seems to mean that Mrs
R must have been confused, & seen O *before* the shooting. She does not
fit into the post-shooting sequence....

dw

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