Washington Post, A new JFK conspiracy: Was book review unfair? Nov. 1, 2013. Letter to the Editor by Professor Larry Sabato: David Greenberg’s review of my book The Kennedy Half Century in the Washington Post on Oct. 27 was highly inaccurate and misleading. While I don’t ordinarily respond to criticism, I am compelled to do so in this instance. He opens by saying I “summarized” a recent poll by the eminent pollsters Peter Hart and Geoff Garin. In fact, I commissioned the poll as part of my research into JFK’s legacy — the central focus of my book — and it turned into one of the largest studies ever conducted on a public figure. The poll makes up an important chapter in the book (the entire study is posted on TheKennedyHalfCentury.com). Greenberg responds: There was nothing inaccurate in my review, and Larry Sabato concedes as much by citing no specific errors. He just quarrels with my judgments and word choice. He protests that his long rehash of JFK’s presidency is “full of new material and insights” but mentions none.The dispute between Professors Sabato and Greenberg is quite significant, as hinted by the prompt input here by pioneering JFK investigator and author Mark Lane among the commenters.
Sabato seems to prevail in the dispute, in my view. But the true importance is what was largely omitted from Greenberg's review. Greenberg and the Post ignored or trivialized any serious acknowledgment of the possibility of major error in the Warren Commission report, as argued by many experts such as Lane and apparently 75% of the public, according to the recent poll.
As a longtime DC-based investigative reporter, attorney and non-profit executive, I have seen this kind of information-gatekeeping as good cause this fall to publish a multipart "Readers Guide to the JFK Assassination" on the website of the Justice Integrity Project (justice-integrity.org). The Guide's goal is to help the ordinary citizen sort through the more than 70 books published this season on the crime and more than 1,400 since 1963. Included also are reports, films, events in DC and Dallas, and a guide official archives. This helps facilitate research to let readers get a sense of the range and quality of expertise without a filter applied at the get-go, as undoubtedly occurred right after this momentous death. xxx
Wikipedia, Orville Orhel Nix (April 16, 1911 – January 17, 1972) was a witness to the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. His filming of the event is considered nearly as important as the more famous Abraham Zapruder film.
Nix, reported to have only a fourth grade education, was an air conditioning engineer working for the General Services Administration in Dallas. On November 22, 1963, he walked from his office in the Terminal Annex building located on the south side of Dealey Plaza to the northwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Houston Street with a Keystone Auto-Zoom Model K-810 8 mm movie camera. Nix filmed the motorcade as it entered the Plaza, then quickly moved 20 to 60 feet west of Houston Street to the south curb of Main Street where he captured the last part of the assassination and the grassy knoll in the background. Shortly after the motorcade had left Dealey Plaza, he filmed people running from Main Street to Elm Street.
Orville Nix's film is darker than the others, because he used Type A indoor film, and did not have the proper filter to correct this.
The Nix film was obtained as a result of a notice that the FBI gave to film processing plants in the Dallas area, that the FBI would be interested in obtaining or knowing about any film they processed relating to the assassination. When Nix heard about this from his processor, he delivered the film to the FBI office in Dallas on December 1, 1963. It was returned to him three days later.
United Press International purchased the copyright for $5,000 and took possession of the original film from Nix on December 6, 1963. UPI distributed frame enlargements to its news subscribers the following day. The original was examined by the House Select Committee on Assassinations in 1978. When UPI returned the copyright and all its copies to the Nix family in 1992, the original film was missing. In 2002, the Nix family assigned the copyright of the film to the Dallas County Historical Foundation, which operates the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.
Nix was interviewed in 1966 by investigator Mark Lane for his documentary Rush to Judgment. In a filmed interview undertaken by Lane, he also stated that the film he received back was not identical to the one that he shot. He told Lane that at the time of the assassination, he believed that the shots came from behind the fence on the grassy knoll, but was later told that conclusive proof existed that shots only came from the Texas School Book Depository and that he was convinced by this. He was also interviewed by CBS News in 1967 for a television documentary on the Kennedy assassination.xxx