Special Evening Program

The JFK Assassination and the Media
A Special Panel Discussion
Thursday, October 17
7 - 9 p.m.
(with a public reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.)
Senator John Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street


Registration for this event is closed.

If, as someone once said, journalism is the "first rough draft of history," then what journalists do and don't report impacts far more than the time and place in which they work. One of the more regrettable aspects of the 50-year-old mystery that is the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is the mainstream American media's utter failure to investigate the story of the century in the thorough and aggressive manner to which we have become accustomed. Was this shortcoming merely symptomatic of the prevailing pro-establishment attitudes of a more innocent time, or rather the result of a willful distortion of evidence intended to dampen any speculation pointing to conspiracy? If the latter, can fault be ascribed purely to the media itself, or were one or more government agencies manipulating them? If such a horrific event were to occur today, what would the media do differently, and why?

Please join moderator Sally Wiggin, host of WTAE Chronicle and former WTAE News anchor; along with panelists:

  • Oliver Stone, director of the provocative 1991 film JFK and of the Showtime documentary series Untold History of the United States
  • David Talbot, author of the bestselling book Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and founder and former CEO and editor-in-chief of Salon.com
  • Jefferson Morley, author of Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA and a former investigative reporter for the Washington Post
  • Russ Baker, author of Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America's Invisible Government and the Secret History of the Last Fifty Years and founder of WhoWhatWhy.com
  • Lisa Pease, an information activist and co-author and co-editor of The Assassinations: Probe Magazine on JFK, MLK, RFK and Malcolm X
  • Jerry Policoff, a writer and blogger whose work has been published In The New York Times and The Village Voice; for this incisive educational event.

Please note that separate registration is required for this event, which will include a public reception in the Heinz History Center's Great Hall featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and an opportunity to mingle with the panel and other conference attendees. Please note that this session will not be eligible for continuing education credit.