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FDL Movie Night: The Garrison Tapes — Exploring the JFK Assassination with John Barbour

John Barbour has led a storied life in show business as a writer and producer, and as  creator of the first reality TV show Real People; he is the only person to win an Emmy for both entertainment and news, and was critic-at-large for KNBC in Los Angeles. Barbour also became close friends with Jim Garrison, the New Orleans District attorney who brought businessman Clay Shaw to trial for conspiracy in the killing of John Kennedy, and was instrumental in sounding the alarm that a conspiracy was involved in the President’s murder. In 1980 at the height of his career with Real People, Barbour interviewed  Garrison for NBC news, the interview was re-edited without Barbour’s knowledge or permission making Garrison look foolish and unbalanced.

Twelve years later, Barbour was able to gain control of the raw footage and make The Garrison Tapes, an award-winning documentary that traces Garrison’s on the trail of the assassins, his investigation into the conspiracy to kill John F. Kennedy, and the trial of Clay Shaw, who Garrison felt was involved.

The  vast majority of Americans believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone, and Oswald himself said to reporters at the time of his arrest

I’m just a patsy.

But a patsy for whom?  My co-host JP Sotille and I will be discussing the various theories tonight with John Barbour, as well as going into Barbour’s amazing career (he’s a no BS guy with an amazing sense of humor), and the life of Jim Garrison.

Here’s Garrison in 1967, responding to the NBC program that was highly critical of Garrison’s pursuit of alleged Kennedy assassination conspirators in New Orleans.

 

A reminder: Please stay on the topic of JFK and John Barbour. Thanks.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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