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It's been 46 years, why is it still so neccessary to stay "on script?" Why is the news media still not able to publish, without distortion, the expert medical observations, spoken by the principal witness at the time, of a "frontal" wound?

On Monday, December 7, Dr. Malcolm O. Perry, age 80, died.
Today's NY Times published a "correction" to it's December 8 obituary:

Correction: December 11, 2009
An obituary on Tuesday about Dr. Malcolm O. Perry 2nd, who performed a tracheotomy on President John F. Kennedy after the president was shot, referred incorrectly to his remark that based on appearance alone, a hole in the president’s neck could have been either an entrance or an exit wound. The remark was made to the Warren Commission, which investigated the assassination; it was not made to reporters. Dr. Perry also told the commission that based on autopsy findings and other factors, he later concluded that the hole was an exit wound.

More, below....

Original December 8, 2009 NY Times obituary of Dr. Malcolm Perry:
(As attributed in Boston Globe )

"..Even more fatefully, when he was asked by reporters whether he thought the bullet hole was an entrance or an exit wound, he replied, "It could have been either..’’

Vs. remarks Dr. Perry made to reporters during November 22, 1963 press conference at Parkland Hospital:
NOVEMBER 22, 1963
2:16 P.M. CST
Where was the entrance wound?
There was an entrance wound in the neck. As regards the one on the head, I cannot say.
Which way was the bullet coming on the neck wound? At him?
It appeared to be coming at him. ...
Doctor, describe the entrance wound. You think from the front in the throat?
The wound appeared to be an entrance wound in the front of the throat; yes, that is correct. The exit wound, I don’t know...
The head wound could have been either the exit wound from the neck or it could have been a tangential wound,..."

Background, from the blog of Assassination Records Review Board's chief military researcher, Douglas P. Horne:
...In his 1981 book "Best Evidence," David Lifton documented that the Secret Service confiscated videotapes of the Parkland hospital press conference from at least one local television station, and that Secret Service Chief James Rowley had informed the Warren Commission in 1964 that no videotapes or transcripts of the press conference could be found. But as Lifton revealed, a White House verbatim transcript of the press conference (White House Transcript 1327-C) later surfaced. In my own book, "Inside the ARRB," I reveal that Chief Rowley lied to the Warren Commission when he said no transcripts could be found, for on the last page of transcript 1327-C, the document is stamped as received by Rowley's office on November 26, 1963. His statement to the Warren Commission was therefore false....

Originally posted to host on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 11:10 AM PST.

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  •  Thanks for the reminder that it's Friday! N/T (1+ / 0-)
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    Giles Goat Boy

    Al que no le guste el caldo, le dan dos tazas.

    by Rich in PA on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 11:16:56 AM PST

  •  And I care because... (0+ / 0-)


    "Do the next right thing!"...anonymous

    by Giles Goat Boy on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 11:21:06 AM PST

  •  If you have a magic bullet (4+ / 0-)

    I suppose it's difficult to tell if it's coming or going ...

    Perhaps Arlen would care to weigh in in the waning moments of his senatorial career.

  •  yawn. please read ct rules for this site. (1+ / 0-)
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    Giles Goat Boy

    then maybe delete?

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 11:29:16 AM PST

  •  after decades of JFK 11/22 ruminations, the (0+ / 0-)

    I find the bullet/ballistics/autopsy material the least conclusive - it is obvious that the Warren Commission was a whitewash.  

    But we've never found another shooter.  There is some credible material to support the shaky "magic bullet" theory (or at least that the fatal shot was fired from the Depository) and nothing substantive to put in it's place.

    What has evolved in the past 45 years is the swirl of lies and corruption around the assasination:

    J Edger Hoover's denial of the existance of the mafia
    the secret mafia/CIA links to castro assasination plots
    the deep Joe Kennedy/mafia links which the kennedy family has been struggling to deny (note no mention in Teddy's autobiography)\
    the JFK/Judith Exner/Sam Giancana mafia link

    all of these are non-speculative, documented facts - any one of which would have been a scandal if known (or allowed into daylight by the lapdog media of the time) in 1963.

    "There has been an abdication of responsibility within the profession, most particularly in the networks. . . ." D Halberstam

    by al75 on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 11:29:55 AM PST

  •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

    First of all, President Kennedy has been dead for forty-six years.  It's time to give him a rest.

    Second, you cite disjointed snippets from an already very confused press conference (where, for instance, one questioner asks about a wound "from the front in the throat" and is answered with a reply about a wound "in the front of the throat", which means something entirely different).  A press conference in the immediate aftermath of an assassination, where the physicians are being invited to speculate in the absence of the physical evidence, is obviously not the best place to look for clarity or accuracy -- as opposed to official medical records.

  •  Something actually stranger than fiction.... (0+ / 0-)

    is the circumstances relating to the assassination of the Arch Duke of Austria.  He was shot at first and the car he drove in sped away, he was unhurt.  Eventually the car got lost, and went down an unmarked street, and then started to back up.

    The assassin was consoling himself at a bar, and there was the object of his wrath.  This time he got off his stool and shot him in the head.

    Thus WWI was precipitated, which inevitably caused the end of the rule of kings in Europe, the beginning of communism, the rise of Hitler, WWII, the cold war.....and the course of the bloodiest century the world has known.

    This is truth, stranger than any fiction could ever be.  

  •  here's what he said... (1+ / 0-)
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    to the Warren Commission:

    a full jacketed bullet without deformation passing through the skin would leave a similar wound for an exit and entrance wound and with the facts which you have made available and with these assumptions, I believe that it was an exit wound.

    We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong ... and we were right!

    by gooners on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 11:32:27 AM PST

    •  gooners, then why the NY Times contortions? (0+ / 0-)

      Instead of reporting that Dr. Perry, within 90 minutes of making an incision into the bullet wound at the front of JFK's neck, stated unequivocally to the press that the neck wound was "a wound of entry", and then, told the Warren Commission the opposite, seven months later, the NY Times went to lengths, twice, to "not go there". Why isn't this equally plausible? (Or, plausible, at all?):
      Former Chief Operating Room nurse Audrey Bell related to me in 1997 that Dr. Perry was in a state of torment on November 23, 1963, after being pressured by Federal officials all night long to change his mind, because, as he put it, "my professional credibility is at stake." Sadly, he appears to have decided for the remainder of his life that discretion was the better part of valor.

      •  unequivically? (0+ / 0-)

        The wound appeared to be an entrance wound in the front of the throat; yes, that is correct. The exit wound, I don’t know...

        doesn't sound unequivocal. The NYT isn't lying. They said he never told reporters it could have been an exit or entrance wound -- that's correct, he told them it appeared to be an entrance. They weren't correcting the exit/entrance party, they were correcting the told reporters/told the Warren commission part.

        I don't know Perry or forensics. I don't know for sure who shot Kennedy or why. I do know that right after a tragedy hits, you get a lot of conflicting things reported.

        We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong ... and we were right!

        by gooners on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 12:27:14 PM PST

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        •  gooner, I guess you're not reading (0+ / 0-)

          ..the same transcript I am. Dr. Perry, fresh from treating JFK:

          Where was the entrance wound?
          DR. MALCOM PERRY-
          There was an entrance wound in the neck. As regards the one on the head, I cannot say.

          Twice the NY Times has deliberately excluded from its readers that Dr. Perry completely reversed his initial statement, but not until seven months later...

          •  I quoted from your diary... (0+ / 0-)

            2 questions down from where you are quoting.

            We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong ... and we were right!

            by gooners on Fri Dec 11, 2009 at 12:51:22 PM PST

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