Accuracy in Media

Any hope that the media will practice civility and raise journalistic standards has been dashed by the sympathetic coverage given to a new book falsely charging an American president with mass murder and political assassinations.

The book, The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ, is based in part on the work of a communist operative, Joachim Joesten, who was assigned by the Soviet KGB to divert attention from the communist connections of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

But author Roger Stone maintains, in the face of the evidence, “I don’t think the Russian state was involved in any way” in the JFK murder.

A former conservative turned libertarian, Stone has been recognized over the years for his role as a “political trickster,” and has lately been promoting legalized marijuana, prostitution and homosexual marriage. He even appeared topless in a gay rights parade. His bio claims he “first tipped off the FBI to Governor Eliot Spitzer’s use of prostitutes.”

“I was born and raised a Roman Catholic,” he said in one interview. “I believe in God, but I think basically organized religion is a hoax.”

Stone has no journalistic credentials to speak of. His bio proclaims, “Aside from politics, he’s also known for his personal style, and writes the annual ‘Ten Best and Worst Dressed Men and Women in the World’ column for the Huffington Post while serving as Men’s Fashion Editor for the Daily Caller.”

The book is written with Mike Colapietro, described on the book flap as an “investigative journalist”—who is, in fact, a former sports writer and contributor to SMOKE magazine, devoted to cigars.

Nevertheless, the book has been taken seriously by such outlets as the Sean Hannity show on the Fox News Channel, the New York Post, The Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, Esquire (online), The Daily Caller, The National Enquirer, The Globe (the tabloid), The New York Observer, The Daily Beast, Newsmax, USA Today, Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and Politico.

Stone’s book “stands on the research of citizens who have doubted the government’s version of events as depicted by the Warren Commission,” his preface says. One of these “citizens” is identified as an East German Communist by the name of Joachim Joesten, the author of the 1968 book, The Dark Side of Lyndon JohnsonJoesten’s other books on the Kennedy assassination include Oswald: Assassin or Fall Guy?, published by a KGB front company, Marzani & Munsell.

In an email exchange, Stone acknowledged that he cited and read Joesten’s book. “I read his books,” he told me. “They are among the earliest works on the role of LBJ.”

Another one of Stone’s sources, cited in the preface, is Thom Hartmann, the “progressive” media personality featured on the Moscow-funded Russia Today television channel.

Joesten’s book, The Dark Side of Lyndon Johnson, finds Johnson guilty of murder and says, “If Lyndon Johnson has any brains left, he’d blow them out before the law gets around to him. That way he could at least escape the pinnacle of infamy and save his country from foundering in an abyss of national shame.”

Despite such sources, Stone’s JFK book has received sympathetic coverage from outlets on the left and right, including Sean Hannity, who allowed Stone to accuse LBJ of killing Kennedy and eight other people—“murders to cover up corruption, murder to cover up vote theft and electoral fraud.” No proof is offered for any of this.

Significantly, Stone has appeared on Russian media outlets such as the Voice of Russia and RT (Russia Today) television, where he has assured the Kremlin that he holds the Soviet state blameless in JFK’s murder.

As Soviet-bloc defector Ion Mihai Pacepa has written, the purpose of the KGB commissioning Joesten to write his book was to divert attention away from Oswald’s connections to the Soviet Union and Cuba. Variations of this theme have brought in LBJ, the CIA, Texas oil men, or various “right-wingers” as potential culprits in the JFK assassination.

Stone’s book is published by Skyhorse Publishing, which capitalized on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s murder by also releasing Jesse Ventura’s book, They Killed Our President: 63 Reasons to Believe There Was a Conspiracy to Assassinate JFK.

Other books published by Skyhorse include Stories of Lesbian Love and Erotica and Fifty Shades of Ecstasy.

A former aide to various Republican politicians, Stone claims Richard Nixon made “veiled references to Johnson’s complicity in the Kennedy assassination.” In fact, secretly recorded White House conversations involving then-President Nixon were released showing Nixon blaming Kennedy’s murder on the communists. Nixon said, “They pinned the assassination of Kennedy on the right wing, the Birchers. It was done by a communist and it was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated.”

The “hoax” he is referring to is the elaborate KGB disinformation campaign to conceal the truth.

As noted by Professor Paul Kengor, Ronald Reagan also blamed the communists. Speaking in 1968, Reagan gave a speech saying, “Five years ago, a president was murdered by one who renounced his American citizenship to embrace the godless philosophy of communism, and it was communist violence he brought to our land. The shattering sound of his shots were still ringing in our ears when a policy decision was made to play down his communist attachment lest we provoke the Soviet Union.”

Johnson understood this as well. He told journalist Howard K. Smith, “Kennedy was trying to get to Castro, but Castro got to him first.” It was a reference to American plots to overthrow or assassinate the Cuban dictator and Castro’s promise to retaliate. A Cuban communist defector said Castro knew in advance about the communist plot to kill Kennedy.

But Johnson’s fear of a nuclear war with the Soviet Union led him and the Warren Commission to play down Oswald’s international connections to the Soviet Union and Cuba.

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  • scottish Girl

    The Warren Commission writings have always been suspect in my book…..I have no clue who murdered Kennedy….but have read enough to suspect that Lee Harvey Oswald was in my view not the one…..and Jack Ruby was making sure that Oswald could not testify to that……
    The truth may come out one day…but since the government can hide anything and everything they want….look at the current Administration…for anyone who ever doubted that……I think both Kennedy murders were far more sinister than we are being told.

  • Robert_Morrow

    Roger Stone is 100% right about LBJ/CIA murdering JFK.

    LYNDON JOHNSON HAD A MURDEROUS ATTITUDE TOWARDS ROBERT KENNEDY – “I’ll cut his throat if it’s the last thing I do.”

    Robert Caro describes the LBJ-RFK relationship post 1960 Democratic convention, where RFK had moved heaven and earth attempting to
    keep LBJ off the 1960 Democratic ticket. Caro:

    John Connally, who during long days of conversation with this author was willing to answer almost any question put to him, no matter how delicate the topic, wouldn’t answer when asked what Johnson said about Robert Kennedy. When the author pressed him, he finally said flatly: “I am not going to tell you what he said about him.” During the months after the convention, when Johnson was closeted alone back in Texas with an old ally he would sometimes be asked about Robert Kennedy. He would reply with a gesture. Raising his big right hand, he would draw the side of it across the neck in a slowing, slitting movement. Sometimes that gesture would be his only reply; sometimes, as during a meeting with Ed Clark in Austin, he would say, as his hand moved across his neck, “I’ll cut his throat if it’s the last thing I do.” [Robert Caro, “The Passage of Power,” p. 140]

  • Robert_Morrow

    If you want to get quickly “up to speed” on the JFK assassination, here is what to read: Read Roger Stone’s blockbuster book indicting LBJ for JFK’s murder. The only “communist” involved in the JFK assassination was Lyndon Johnson.

    1) LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination
    by Phillip Nelson

    2) The Man Who Killed Kennedy: The Case Against LBJ by Roger

    3) JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why
    it Matters by James Douglass

    4) Brothers: the Hidden History of the Kennedy
    Years by David Talbot

    5) The Dark Side of Camelot by
    Seymour Hersh

    6) Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty by
    Russ Baker

    7) Power
    Beyond Reason: The Mental Collapse of Lyndon Johnson by Jablow Hershman

    8) Operation Cyanide: Why the Bombing of the
    USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War III by Peter Hounam (LBJ engineered the
    attack on the USS Liberty)

    9) Inside
    the Assassinations Records Review Board Volume 5,
    by Doug Horne

    10) Watch
    “The Men Who Killed Kennedy – the Guilty Men – episode 9” at YouTube

    best video
    ever on the JFK assassination; covers well Lyndon Johnson’s role

    11) Google
    the essay “LBJ-CIA Assassination of JFK” by Robert Morrow

    11) Google
    “National Security State and the Assassination of JFK by Andrew Gavin

    12) Google
    “Chip Tatum Pegasus.” Intimidation of Ross Perot 1992

    13) Google
    “Vincent Salandria False Mystery Speech.” Read every book & essay Vincent
    Salandria ever wrote.

    14) Google
    “Unanswered Questions as Obama Annoints HW Bush” by Russ Baker

    16) Google
    “Did the Bushes Help to Kill JFK” by Wim Dankbaar

  • scottish Girl

    Robert….thank you for the references…..I look forward to reading these books…..and appreciate the good reading material you have provided.
    My whole purpose of blogging is to learn from others and you have indeed given me some good materials…..Best to you

  • Robert_Morrow

    Send me email at and I will send you everything I have. JFK assassination – 100% high level domestic coup d’etat. LBJ/CIA all the way.

  • scottish Girl

    so was that because he wanted to be President?

  • Robert_Morrow

    No. Read Stone’s book. The Kennedys were about to utterly destroy LBJ, hanging the Bobby Baker scandal around his neck with a LIFE Magazine expose and Senate Rules Committee investigation. LBJ and the Kennedys were engaged in a sub rosa war. LBJ won.

    LBJ was trying to avoid his complete personal annihilation and being put in the slammer.

  • scottish Girl

    wow…..I have often heard it was LBJ….but wasn’t sure why….makes a lot of sense and look forward to reading the references.
    I have your e-mail and will follow up……thanks.

  • bruce101

    lee ozwald was a commie traitor who murdered kennedy after having talked to his Cuban and Russian handlers in mexico.kennedy let this bastard back into America with out trying ozwald for treason and then hanging his ass.he then murdered kennedy.traitors should always be hung,

  • Harry

    Now go & find out how many more FREEMASONS werte on the WARREN COMMISSION!

  • scottish Girl

    Thanks, I will do just that……to refresh my memory…..

  • Harry

    It was 1947 & a Freemason Shriner called Harry S Truman, SHREDDED the American Constitution.




    Public Law 253, 80th Congress; Chapter 343, 1st Session; S. 758.

    Google it!


    “Candidates for induction into the Shriners are greeted by a High Priest, who says:

    “By the existence of Allah and the creed of Mohammed; by the legendary sanctity of our Tabernacle at Mecca, we greet you.”

    The inductees then swear on the Bible and the Koran, in the name of Mohammed, and invoke Masonry’s usual gruesome penalties upon themselves:

    “I do hereby, upon this Bible, and on the mysterious legend of the Koran, and its dedication to the Mohammedan faith, promise and swear and vow … that I will never reveal any secret part or portion whatsoever of the ceremonies … and now
    upon this sacred book, by the sincerity of a Moslem’s oath I here register this irrevocable vow … in willful violation whereof may I incur the fearful penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to the center with a three-edged blade, my feet flayed and I be forced to walk the hot sands upon the sterile shores of the Red Sea until the flaming sun shall strike me with livid plague, and may Allah, the
    god of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support me to the entire fulfillment of the same. Amen. Amen. Amen.”


    With this oath, Christians swear on the Koran, and declare Allah to be “the god of our fathers.” From the perspective of Christianity and Islam alike, Shriners take the name of God in vain, and mock both faiths.”

    Excerpt from The Origins and Influence of Masonry

    by Lee Penn, SCP Journal Vol. 25:2-25:3 2001

    P0 Box 4308, Berkeley, CA 94704


    The Shrine’s Ritual is taken from an Arabic Sufi Secret Society Freemasonry & Qaballah

    Occultism owe much to Sufism The Muslim Brotherhood is a Sufi Secret Society

    A.A.O.N.M.S. – A MASON…

    The following is how one Shriner recognizes another…Pay close attention to their dialogue:

    The Shriners’ Recognition Test

    According to a Lauterer manuscript, this is how two Shriners recognize each other:

    Q: Then I presume you are a Noble?

    A: I am so accepted by all men of noble birth.

    Q: Have you traveled any?

    A: I have.

    Q: From where to what place have you traveled?

    A: Traveled east over the hot burning sands of the desert.

    Q: Where were you stopped at?

    A: At the devil’s pass.

    Q: What were you requested to do?

    A: I was requested to contribute a few drops of urine.

    Q: Why were you requested to do this?

    A: As a token of my renouncing the wiles and evils of the world and granted permission

    to worship at the Shrine.

    Q: At what Shrine did you worship?

    A: At the Shrine of Islam.

    Q: Did you ride?

    A: Yes, I rode a camel until I paused to dismount.

    Q: Then what did you do with your camel?

    A: I tied him.

    Q: Where did you tie him?

    A: I tied him to a date tree, where all True Shriners should do so.

    BOTH: Yes, I pulled the Cord, rode the hump, I have traversed the hot arid sands of the

    desert to find Peace and rest in the quiet shades of the Oasis.

    (Source: of the Shriners)

    High Priest —

    …Our alliance or the Rite of our Mystic Shrine is ancient, honorable, benevolent and secret. It is devoted to the cause of justice, truth and mercy.
    It is ancient as the corner-stone of Mohammed’s Temple of Mecca; as secret as the Moslem that
    bound the tribes of Arabia to Allah or their god; as honorable as the Christian, and the tenets to which it is dedicated when once assumed cannot be eschewed or cast aloof. …We require absolute
    secrecy and desire all our disciples to hold and interest in our noble cause and a just observance of the tenets of our faith. …By the existence of Allah and the creed of Mohammed; by the legendary sanctity of our Tabernacle at Mecca we greet you, (p. 17-18)

    Grand Potentate–

    Who is he who hath professed to have conversed in person with the Supreme and maketh himself mightiest of his Mohammed, the Prophet of the Arab’s creed? (p. 18)


    There are Moslems among us; there are others who swerve from propriety; but whoso seeketh Islam earnestly seeks true direction; but those who swerve from truth and justice shall merit and reap abundance of chastisement. (p. 19)


    …I do hereby, upon this Bible, and on the mysterious legend of the Koran, and its dedication to the Mohammedan faith, promise and swear and vow on the faith and honor of an upright man,…

    (p. 20)

    …and now upon this sacred book, by the sincerity of a Moslem’s oath I here register this irrevocable vow, subscribing myself bound thereto as well as
    binding myself by the obligation of the prerequisite to this membership that of a Knight Templar or that of a thirty-second degree A. and A, Scottish Rite
    Mason. … may Allah, the god of Arab Moslem and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support me to the entire fulfillment of the same, Amen, Amen, Amen. (p. 22)


    And may Allah protect and support you, that you be not cast into ‘al hotama’ (hell)…. (p. 24)

    Conductor —

    This is the place where our brethren stop to sprinkle the Devil’s Pass with urine. You will contribute a few drops of urine to commemorate the time and place where all who pass here renounce the wiles and evils of the world to worship at the Shrine of Islam. Only a few drops will do. (p. 28)


    …This sign must be given on entering and retiring. Word of entrance given to Outer Guardian, Mecca.
    Word of entrance given to Inside Guardian, Nemesis (the pagan Greek goddess of punishment). (p. 40)

    “The Mystic Shrine an Illustrated Ritual of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic
    Shrine” Revised Edition 1975 Ezra A. Cook Publications, Inc. (“Serving the Craft Since 1867) Chicago.

    (Source: of Shriners)