“Still Crazy After All These Years” – it ain’t just a Paul Simon song when Oliver Stone is around and talking about the John F. Kennedy assassination.
The Oscar-winning director vehemently defended his conspiracy theorist film “JFK” in a rambling diatribe on Nov. 4’s HuffPost Live, blasting critics as “silly” and “idiotic.”
Stone stood by his twenty-year-old movie: “I think it holds up very well” and called his evidence “very solid.” Stone, gesticulating wildly, asserted that a “cloud of bullsh**t” has obscured an accurate investigation into Kennedy’s death and pushed several far-out theories, for example that the famous Zapruder Film, a recording of the shooting, “has been altered.” He did not clarify who altered it.
The 1991 film, “JFK,” followed New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s attempts to reveal the “truth” behind the JFK assassination and promoted the popular notion that Kennedy’s killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, did not act alone.
Fortunately, his film has been widely criticized as being historically inaccurate. Alex von Tunzelmann, writing for the Guardian on April 28, 2011 said Stone “dodges the truth like a magic bullet .” Similarly, Marquette University professor and JFK Assassination expert, John McAdams posted an expose on his Marquette University website listing more than 85 factual inaccuracies .
Since Kennedy was (to the chagrin of lefties like Stone) killed by a communist, it was fitting that Stone also promoted his highly revisionist miniseries, “Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States.” HuffPo host Alyona Minkovski accurately described this documentary, which essentially pinned responsibility for the Cold War on the United States, as “attempting to rewrite history.”
This miniseries purported to reveal the true history of the United States, showcasing our “history of aggression ,” but it has been criticized even by the liberal Daily Beast. Michael Moynihan attacked the underling research on Nov. 19, 2012 as “ideological drivel” and “junk history.” He alleged that Stone skated over the horrible atrocities perpetuated by the Soviet Union.
Among the radical revisions in this documentary, Stone argued that the Soviets “actually won World War II” and that the atomic bomb was “militarily and morally, obviously, unnecessary.”
Unsurprisingly for a left-wing extremist, Stone expressed his support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to run for president, praising her as a reformer. This is the same man who publicly praised Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez as representing “hope and change .”
— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. Follow Sean Long on Twitter.