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'What the Doctors Saw' Captures MSM Attention
The New York Times is baffled by lucid testimony of Parkland Hospital eyewitnesses
The new documentary “JFK: What The Doctors Saw,” began streaming on Paramount+ this week, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that took place on Nov. 22, 1963.
The New York Times critic Natalia Winkleman praised the show for clinical precision but wondered what it meant for the causes of JFK’s death. The scribes of the Boston Globe have Five Takeaways. The libertarians at the Future of Freedom Foundation call it “fantastic.”
For anyone who is wondering, what this remarkable addition to the historical record of JFK assassination means, it is this:
Seven qualified medical professionals who examined President Kennedy’s wounds say the official story of a lone gunman is wrong. Based on what they saw of JFK’s wounds before he died, they are certain the president was attacked by multiple gunmen.
The film focuses on doctors who were present in Parkland Hospital’s Trauma Room 1 in Dallas where the mortally wounded Kennedy was delivered after being fired upon in Dealey Plaza.
In recounting what they saw at the time, the Parkland doctors often directly contradict the official findings of not only the later autopsy but of the entire assassination narrative as explained by the Warren Commission, e.g., that JFK was struck by two bullets fired behind him from a sixth floor window.
The film was directed by Toronto-based Barbara Shearer, whose other documentaries include the TV miniseries ”Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell” and ”Loving Elvis,” about the women who loved Elvis Presley (streaming now on Peacock).
“Based upon my interviews with the doctors, Jim Jenkins and Robert Tanenbaum, and my own research, there’s no question in my mind there was a government cover-up.” she told Rollling Stone.
The Parkland doctors tell of intimidation efforts from authorities to keep them mum.
Included in the film is Dr. Robert McClelland, who arguably had the clearest view of the president’s head wound during the chaotic rush to save his life. He maintained for the rest of his life (he died in 2019) that he saw a large exit wound in the back of JFK’s head, which would indicate a shot from the front.
Dr. McClelland’s daughter, Alison, recently appeared on the JFK Facts podcast to discuss her father’s experience.
The documentary has garnered positive notices.
Rolling Stone had an exclusive interview with executive producer Jacque Lueth, who became involved with the story when one of his personal physicians told him he was in the emergency room at Parkland Hospital when JFK was brought in.
“He introduced me to six of the other doctors who were there that day and when I interviewed them, I began to realize their observations from Trauma Room 1 didn’t match the government story,” Lueth said.
Critic Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle said, “In case it’s less than glaringly obvious, I do believe these doctors, largely because what they say is consistent with what anyone can see if they watch the Zapruder film.”