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Matt Novak Matt Novak Nov 25, 2017. 12 comments

FBI Says Remaining JFK Assassination Files Will Be Released (With Redactions) in Coming Weeks

FBI Says Remaining JFK Assassination Files Will Be Released (With Redactions) in Coming Weeks

After a couple of false starts , the FBI claims that the remaining JFK assassination files that were scheduled to be released last week will finally be made public. But historians and researchers still might be somewhat disappointed. After further vetting by intelligence agencies, the FBI says that some sensitive names in the files will be withheld.

It’s been a strange couple of weeks for...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 28, 2017. 17 comments

8 Photos of Dead Celebrities That Are Totally Fake

8 Photos of Dead Celebrities That Are Totally Fake

The internet is overflowing with fake images. But who has time to debunk them all? Sadly, we do. Today we’re releasing the debut episode of our new video series Totally Fake. This week: Dead celebrities.

Animated by Devin Clark

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Aug 28, 2017. 10 comments

A Sassy Lee Harvey Oswald Makes a Big Impression in This Clip From Hulu's 11.22.63

A Sassy Lee Harvey Oswald Makes a Big Impression in This Clip From Hulu's <i>11.22.63</i>

Entertainment Weekly snagged this clip from Hulu’s Stephen King adaptation 11.22.63—which stars James Franco as a teacher who time-travels to prevent a certain history-changing presidential assassination from happening. This scene is clearly from early in the series, and it features a flashback to one character’s memorable first encounter with Lee Harvey Oswald.

11.22.63, which also stars...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 18, 2017. 19 comments

The Story Behind That JFK Quote About Destroying the CIA

The Story Behind That JFK Quote About Destroying the CIA

Thanks to Wikileaks, you may have seen a quote from President Kennedy recently about his desire to “splinter the C.I.A. in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.” Wikileaks used the quote as the password to decrypt its latest release about CIA spy tools. And the quote can be found in news stories around the world, including in some from The Intercept. The only problem? The origin of...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 18, 2017. 22 comments

Researchers Finally Disproved a Conspiracy Theory About This Famous Lee Harvey Oswald Photo

Researchers Finally Disproved a Conspiracy Theory About This Famous Lee Harvey Oswald Photo

There’s a lot of speculation about who really killed President John F. Kennedy. Was it the Cubans? The mafia? The CIA? Or was it a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald? And if Oswald was just a patsy, as he claimed before he himself was killed, could his most famous image be a fake? Researchers have now shown through 3D modeling that the photo is almost certainly real.

People who claim that the...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak Aug 18, 2017. 21 comments

I Accidentally Found a New JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theory

I Accidentally Found a New JFK Assassination Conspiracy Theory

I’ve never been one for JFK assassination conspiracy theories. But I do love studying what movies the presidents watched. So while compiling the list of films that President Kennedy viewed while in the White House I was surprised to stumble on what seems like fuel for a new conspiracy theory. How did President Kennedy watch a home movie of his son’s birthday a week after he was killed?

For the...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Aug 17, 2017. 21 comments

John F. Kennedy Lived With More Pain Than We Realized

John F. Kennedy Lived With More Pain Than We Realized

A re-evaluation of JFK’s health history and medical records paints a portrait a man who had to endure a surprising amount of physical discomfort throughout his short life. As president, he did his best to hide his misery from the public—no small miracle, given just how much pain he was forced to endure.

On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy, at the age of 43, became the youngest president in US...

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Matt Novak Matt Novak May 25, 2016. 2 comments

New Book Reveals Edward R. Murrow's Years As a Government Propagandist

New Book Reveals Edward R. Murrow's Years As a Government Propagandist

“I don’t mind being called a propagandist,” Edward R. Murrow told a reporter at the Miami Herald in April of 1962. “So long as that propaganda is based on the truth.”

Today, Edward R. Murrow’s name is synonymous with integrity in journalism. He reported from the frontlines during World War II and took on Joe McCarthy’s communist witchhunt in the 1950s. But what’s less well known to Americans...

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