The American Media & the Second Assassination of John F. Kennedy
WORLD PREMIER May 26, 2017, at the Laemmle MUSIC HALL in Beverly Hills.
9036 Wilshire Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA 90211 tel. 310-478-3836
A WORD FROM DIRECTOR JOHN BARBBOUR: WHY THIS FILM NOW!
I am not now, nor have I ever been a ‘conspiracy theorist!’ Just a story-teller. Sometimes successful; sometimes not. Telling the stories of ‘Real People’ for 3 years on the NBC #1 show of that name, which I created, CoProduced, Co-Wrote, and Co-Hosted, I was enormously successful. That was not the case in the over 40 years I tried to tell Jim Garrison’s story.
All I knew about President Kennedy’s assassination in 1970 when I first tried to book Mr.Garrison on my ‘AM Los Angeles,’ the number one morning show in LA, was, as will Rogers used to say, ‘What I read in the newspapers.!’ I was soon to learn the hard way, what I read was all FAKE NEWS! Accidentally picking up Garrison’s ‘Heritage Of Stone,’ his recounting of the Clay Shaw trial, discovering facts not found in the media, I called and booked him. I was fired and he was cancelled.
All I thought was, ‘Oh, well, that’s showbizz,’ and went about trying to earn a living and get another job. I did. I became film critic for KNBC for 5 years, and for ten at Los angeles Magazine. Twice during that time Mr. Garrison and I had brief conversations about Viet Nam, the war JFK opposed, and Watergate, which I said on TV ‘Was something that may have put America on the brink of Democracy!’
I did not speak to Mr. Garrison again until 1981 when ‘Real People’ was the number one show in the country. I read in a middle page of the LA Times that The House Select Committee On Assassinations had concluded there had been a conspiracy in the murder of JFK, as well as Dr. King. I called to congratulate him on being vindicated, and arranged to interview him, to tell his story, and to also help my boss, George Schlatter with his failing show ‘Speak Up America.’ Mr. Garrison described in detail how he felt their were 3 teams of shooters in Dealy Plaza, and the numbers of people outside of the shooters who knew the President would be killed.
Unbeknownst to me, in the middle of the night before airing, Schlatter, re-edited Mr. Garrison’s answers to say there were ’30’ shooters, deliberately slandering and defaming him. The next morning, after a screaming argument in which I accused Schlatter of being insane, I was gone from ‘Real People.’ As was ‘Real People.’ You cannot take away Neil Simon’s typewriter and give it so someone else and expect ‘The Odd Couple ‘ to pop out. I was the show’s story-teller.
Again, I just thought this was Showbiz, run by some really horrible stupid people!!
But now, jobs were scarce because word was out that I was a trouble maker. That’s life. So, I tried to build a new one caddying for my son in his efforts to get on the PGA tour. A few years, and a lot of 3 putts later, I got the chance to make a full documentary: ‘The Garrison Tapes,’ because Oliver Stone was making ‘JFK.’ When I was finished, Oliver endorsed it, saying it was ‘The perfect companion piece to ‘JFK!’ But no Network or Movie Company wanted this companion piece. In spite of rave reviews, standing room only, and awards, it went nowhere in America, but everywhere around the world.
Now I was beginning to think, like Hamlet, ‘There is something rotten in America as well as Denmark!’ But what can an unwanted unemployed story-teller do? Nothing. Now, instead of caddying, I tried playing golf myself!! Ending up playing mostly by myself. That is one of the great things about this game.
Then the 50th anniversary of JFK’s murder popped up. What did not pop up though, was not even one mainstream media story questioning the Warren Report..which had already been waylaid by the House Select Committee.To correct that oversight, I offered my film free to every Network and Assassination site. Not one taker. So, I mounted a presentation of my own at UNLV. George Knapp, the best Host of ‘Coast to Coast’ agreed for free, as a public service, to interview Robert Kennedy jr. who at first accepted my last $25,000.00 as a fee to appear at a screening of the film and a q and a from the audience. Two days before, he backed out. To salvage the night, I took the money and booked 3 of the best researchers writers in the country, Joan Mellen, Dick Russell, and Jim Marrs. And hired Director Dan Jacobs. The dvd of this, ‘The Last Word On The Assassination,’ with new material from Garrison has been an amazing word-of-mouth best seller on Amazon for 3 years.
That was it. I was done with the story. At least so I thought. Then… in the middle of the 2016 election, with the worst possible bottom of the deepest barrel candidates the 1% owners of the country could scrape up, I kept hearing shouting and screaming about FAKE NEWS and CORRUPT MEDIA! Geez, all this sounded familiar. Where had I heard this before? From Jim Garrison back in 1981!! I pulled out the old dvd’s. Oh, my God, there it was!!! During my original interview with him I ignored it. I was a major part of the media. I did not want to hear that. Just tell me about the case.
With Jim Garrison’s discoveries haunting me, I had no choice, I had to now finally try and tell his whole story, which is really America’s story.
Thus: ‘The American Media And the 2nd Assassination Of Pres. John F. Kennedy!’
John Barbour, known by some as ‘The Godfather Of Reality TV!’..creator, co-Producer, writer, and Co-Host of the trend setting hit ‘Real People.’
Winner of a Golden Mike and five Emmys, the only one in TV to win Emmys for both Information and Entertainment. Google ‘johnbarbourswortld!’
Most importantly, the Writer-Director of the critically acclaimed and multiple award winning documentary ‘The Garrison Tapes.’ In the film ‘JFK’ Jim Garrison is portrayed by Kevin Costner. In real life, my film is the only film in which Mr. Garrison gets to tell his much suppressed real story of his investigation into the murder of Pres. John F. Kennedy, the horrifying still open crime that changed America and the world. After ten years of silence following the Clay Shaw trial in New Orleans, I was the only person to whom he would tell the full story. In spite of great reviews here, and as the winner of The San Sebastian Film Festival, and its enormous success around the world, it has been almost totally blacked out by the media in America..where his story really matters.
In spite of this, on Amazon, as part of ‘The Last Word On The Assassination’ it is in their top 15 of films! By word of mouth alone. Google Amazon and you will see scores of amazing unsolicited reviews!!
In my original film, I wanted to keep his story to 90 minutes. I was unable to include the rest of his historically important material. So, with the passing of the 53rd anniversary of JFK’s murder, it is time to do part two.
In the 70’s the Church Committee discovered the CIA had a 1,000 assets working in American Media. On released documents as result of The Freedom Of Information Act, we find scores were assigned to discredit and destroy Jim Garrison. We also know now that Dan Rather lied to the world in 1963 when he said on CBS that the famed Zapruder film showed the head shot was thrusting the President’s head FORWARD!
Today six major corporations own 96% of American Media, the Media that has allowed our government to continue to lie us into numerous wars. These horrifying lies began on Nov. 22nd. , 1963!
Part Two of ‘The Garrison Tapes’ will finally and fully expose them.
It is to be called ‘The American Media And The Second Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy.’
Kennedy’s assassination was the murder of the man who tried to halt the march into Viet Nam by the Military Industrial Complex that President Eisenhower warned us about is a contribution to democracy and truth. For a film that must be seen by every American, especially every student in every school in the country.
Thomas Jefferson said: No country can have a true democracy without an informed public!’
This film tells the rest of Jim Garrison’s truly American story;
‘The American Media And The Second Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy!’
Coming soon, to a theater near you!