The November issue of Fortean Times is a special issue on Conspiracy theory, timed no doubt to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy on 22 November 1963.
This begins with Robin Ramsay on what he sees as the 'Ghettoisation of JFK Studies'. Ramsay has always been a Lyndon Johnson man when it comes to the Kennedy killing, although he qualifies this by stating that the shooting was carried out in aid of LBJ's careeer, by the big Texan money that stood behind Johnson. Ramsay is broadly correct when he states that three elements in what he calls the 'knowledge industry' are disinterested in the case - the major media, the political system and academia. He is however over generous in stating that "Something very similar is happening to the 9/11 research effort, and for similar reasons" - the quality of most 9/11 'research' falls well short of that produced by assassination researchers in the 1970s and 1980s.
One backward step for Fortean Times is an 'Advertorial' on 28-29, "The Conspiracy to Create a New World Order" is designed to look like part of the magazine, and apparently advertising a forthcoming DVD called The Conspiracy. I am sure they took a lot of the money for the advert, but at the price of confusing readers? Tom Heywood is on much safer ground examining five decades of literature on JFK's assassination, and its evolution through distinct phases. Richard Leon's "The Tin Foil Hat Machine" struggles to stay on the correct side of flippant, but is at its best when considering some of the long forgotten theorists who were arguably conspiracy theorists before the term was widely used - Peter Beter to take one example.
Perhaps the strongest article is David Ray Carter on 'Conspiracy Cinema'. It would be comparatively easier to have written a piece on the all the 'truth' movies knocked out in the post 9/11 era, but Carter correctly locates such film in its correct historical context, beginning with the 1937 (yes 1937) "The Man in the Barn" which considers the fate of John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of Abraham Lincoln. "The Man in the Barn" even implies that the Lincoln assassination was an inside job and that Booth was recieving hush money from his co-conspirators in the US government!
Browsing through the magazines in my local Tesco today, I came across a publication that was new to me, but is apparently on its fifth issue - All About History. Its front cover, naturally - JFK 50 Years On. Getting ready for plenty more over the next month.