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24. The Christchurch Star explains.
Edited on Sat Jul-12-08 03:08 AM by Bassman66

The Stars reporting of the assassination
Bob Cotton, Chief Reporter of the Christchurch Star, says that following the release of JFK, the Star received numerous requests from investigative writers, journalists and authors in the US for copies of the pages of the November 1963 issue. Some conspiracy theorists have made special trips to Christchurch to interview him and there have even been suggestions that the Star company was involved. These theories, however, are based on inaccurate assumptions about the Star newspaper's production.

Bob Cotton was a reporter at the paper at the time and can recall clearly the events of November 1963. He says that even in 1963 global communication was fast and effective everywhere and an assassination of a US President meant that everything and everyone on the Star worked doubly quick. News then came by AAP and various wire services which would have been competing to get the news out to their subscribers. Photographs were usually wired to Australia, then to Auckland and thence to Christchurch. This time, to get the photographs early, some of the geographical links were by-passed through technical ingenuity at the Star. Even so the paper would not have been published until 1.30 pm or 2.15 - 2.30 pm depending on the edition. Bob Cotton says that the Star was never published in the morning during his time on the newspaper (from 1958). The JFK character Mr X is not even shown with a genuine Star newspaper. He buys a thin-width broadsheet whereas the Star was always produced as a full-width broadsheet.

Bob Cotton also explains that every newspaper has a large store of biographical material and says that Lee Harvey Oswald was not a stranger to the media. Information on him would have been readily available in US newspapers and media offices and would have been sent out quickly. In 1959 there had been much coverage in newspapers about young men defecting to the Soviet Union and Oswald's defection had been covered in detail in The Washington Post, The Washington Evening Star and The New York Times. Again it was widely reported when Oswald, now with a Russian wife and child, returned to the United States in 1962. The portrait of him in the Star had appeared in The Fort Worth Press on 16 November 1963.

A readable version of the front page.

New Zealand was 18 hours ahead of the USA.
Kennedy killed at 12.30 which is 6.30 NZT
Kennedy pronouced dead at 13.00 which is 7.00 NZT (the time stated in the paper)
Oswald was arrived at the Police Station at 14.15 which would have been 8.15 NZT.
He was named Prime Suspect by NBC at 15.55 which is 9.55 NZT.
Oswald was charged with Tippits murder at 19.05 which is 13.05 NZT

That's the timeline.

The Christchurch Star first edition is printed at 13.30 NZT according to Bob Cotton and indeed this edition of the paper would need to be printed some time after 7.30 NZT when Kennedy was pronouced dead, so this was not a morning edition of the paper.

The only problem I have with the story is that they do know a lot about Oswald at this point only 4 or 5 hours after his arrival at the Police station which could be due to Cotton's explanation of Oswald's defection having been in the press, but I'm bothered about the "Fair Play for Cuba" reference, how well known would that have been (he did debate it on a radio show, but how well known was that)?

In looking this up I am struck by the thought that Oswalds "Fair Play for Cuba" routine is very much like COINTELPRO.

On May 26, 1963, Oswald wrote a letter to the New York City headquarters of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee and proposed "...renting a small office at my own expense for the purpose of forming a FPCC branch here in New Orleans."<3> Three days later, the FPCC responded to Oswald's letter advising against opening a New Orleans office "at least not ... at the very beginning."<4> In a follow-up letter, Oswald replied, "Against your advice, I have decided to take an office from the very beginning."
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