Merriman Smith

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(journalist, JFK/Assassination/Premature death)
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BornFebruary 10, 1913
DiedApril 13, 1970 (Age 57)
Washington
Cause of death
Gunshot
Victim ofpremature death

Merriman Smith was the journalist who put the first story about the JFK Assassination on the UPI newswire, 5 minutes before API.[1]

Career

JFK Assassination

“Reporters struggled to find pay phones or other phones so they could get out the story. A few, like UPI reporter Merriman Smith — an unparalleled hustler — had amazing access to the scene. Smith got right next to the blood-spattered presidential limousine outside Parkland Hospital even before Kennedy was taken to the emergency room, and later witnessed Lyndon Johnson's historic swearing-in aboard Air Force One.”
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In 1964, Smith was given the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. He was the first to use the term "grassy knoll" regarding the assassination.[2] Mort Sahl reports

The given value "“that he [Merriman Smith] was riding under the underpass when he heard the shots that killed our young president, which is interesting since he was two cars behind Kennedy and Kennedy never reached the underpass,[3] he was killed while ahead of it, and possibly from it.”" contains strip markers and therefore it cannot be parsed sufficiently.
“that he [Merriman Smith] was riding under the underpass when he heard the shots that killed our young president, which is interesting since he was two cars behind Kennedy and Kennedy never reached the underpass,[3] he was killed while ahead of it, and possibly from it.” [4] However, Smith's original report does nor mention the underpass.[5]

In 1967 LBJ gave Smith the Presidential Medal of Freedom.[2]

Criticism of Jim Garrison

In the Oakland Tribune of 19 August 1969 he published "a gratuitous story praising Warren Rogers, Jr.'s LOOK piece on Shaw, he claims District Attorney told him early in 1967 that he hoped to nail at least one member of a downtown private club to which he did not have access and at least one management man on the New Orleans papers as pals, cronies or accomplices of Shaw. Paints the whole show as fantasy based on spurious charges by dubious characters."[6]

Premature death

Merriman Smith was found dead at his home in Washington from a gunshot wound on 13th April, 1970.[2] The New York Times headlined their report Merriman Smith Is Dead at 57, an Apparent Suicide.[7] He was granted burial in Section 32 of Arlington National Cemetery (next to his son) by special permission by the Commanding General of the Military District of Washington."[8]

 

Event Witnessed

EventDateLocation(s)Description
JFK/Assassination22 November 1963Grassy knoll
Dallas
Texas
US
The assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. This is the seminal deep political event of modern times. And no, it wasn't a 'lone nut'… There were much bigger motives. The facts remain that JFK was on terrible terms with the CIA and the Joint Chiefs of Staff as-well as every other element of the deep state.


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