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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

influence of institutional forces’ story that few could either believe or stomach, was still in place in Stone’s mind –​and part of a wider history that was not so much forgotten, as never told correctly in the first place. Referring to the Cuban missile crisis and Vietnam among many of the mitigating dilemmas, Stone highlighted a number of Warren Commission supporters including Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert Kennedy and Texas governor John Connolly –​ who had been injured in the shooting –​who all expressed private doubt at the Commission’s 1964 findings. For Stone then, this

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Ian Scott and Henry Thompson

the time I was not overly shocked, but I felt it was not Valenti’s job. Valenti had said he could not live with this lie –​the suggestion that the film had implicated LBJ [US President Lyndon B. Johnson] In t e rv i e ws in the assassination. I do not believe that the film suggests that. I do not believe that LBJ was directly involved, but I do think that LBJ was thoroughly involved in the subsequent cover-​up. What people didn’t know at that time was that there were significant changes in policy directly after the assassination. Warners [chair Bob Daly] then got

in The cinema of Oliver Stone