As Americans shelter in place from the Coronavirus, Boy Dylan has released a previously shelved 17 minute song, “Murder Most Foul,” about the assassination of President Kennedy. This sorrowful piece captures the lost of hope that so many who lived through that tragedy still feel; particularly baby boomers like Bob. Unfortunately, the song also embraces the conspiracy lie the JFK was removed from office by a shadowy, “they,” which does not reflect reality. I hope this song will get more people interesting in looking at the actual facts of the assassination, and the many, many reasons to believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, but I fear it will only encourage a new generation to jump on the phony bandwagon of fake history, because an iconic celebratory told them to do it.
Dylan’s suggestive references to the “magic bullet” and “patsy” misquote, etc., are not thoughtful arguments; they are the repetition of hot-button lies, designed to make listeners feel like they are in the know without actually needing to learn anything. This is no better than Donald Trump ranting about President Obama’s birth certificate, or self-professed 9-11 “truthers” insisting that jet fuel can’t make steel beams melt. And that is why I continue to make such a big deal about the JFK assassination. It is the gateway conspiracy that makes people think there really is something to all this conspiracy talk. Until we can face the fact that President Kennedy was not murdered by a group of sinister forces, just a troubled young man, we will have little hope of navigating our way through the minefield of lies, and misdirection that we face everyday.
For those who are genuinely interested in the truth, my documentary, Conspiracy Theorists Lie (2015), can help you find it. Check it out on Amazon Prime and let me know what you think.