I am currently transcribing the 1966 Firing Line episode which debates the validity of the Warren Commission’s report on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. My interest is not in any way an attempt at some truth of the events around the assassination—there are more than plenty who are and have been well equipped to sift through facts and weave together images of possibilities and finitudes. But what is essential to my interest is the circumstance and exchange between Mark Lane, political activist and lawyer, and William F. Buckley Jr.—that is, both the circumstance of absolute skepticism or absolute faith in purported facts as well as the particular exchange of rhetoric, reason and doubt to determine a basis of belief. More to come in the preface to the transcription.
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