1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    This fake quote, attributed to JFK, has been cropping up quite a bit on Facebook:

    It even has an image version:

    How do we know it's fake? Quite simply because there is no record of the quote ever existing before 2011. It's not in any book, nor in the Presidential records (which list every speech JFK ever gave). It appears almost exclusively on Facebook and on anti-Zionist sites.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2014
    • Like Like x 1
  2. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    It doesnt mean its wrong...
  3. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    That's entirely besides the point. The point is that it's fake, and he never said it, or anything like it.

    Do you think it's okay to make up things, and claim that people said them, just because YOU agree with them? You think it's okay to change history, just because you personally think someone should have said something?
    • Like Like x 7
  4. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    That is very good to know. Clearly however Kennedy was very concerned about the Israeli nuclear program, all issues w the false quote aside : http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/israel/documents/hebrew/index.html
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 20, 2013
  5. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

  6. themroc

    themroc New Member

    Perhaps JFK said it in private and someone wrote in his diary which was discovered recently. You simply can't prove a negative, so you don't know its fake, you just believe it.
  7. Cairenn

    Cairenn Senior Member

    Then where is this diary published? Or who says that they heard him say it?

    Why did it only show up in 2011? Where did it first show up and where did they say it came from?

    Until there is SOMETHING to indicate that he might have said it, it is FALSE.
  8. Bruno D.

    Bruno D. Senior Member

    Schrodinger's cat here. As there's no evidence to one truth or the other, you can't say that he said that or that he didn't say that.

    Therefore you should never state that this phrase is from him and also you shouldn't say it's false.

    I agree with Mick, as it's not possible to state that he said that, the affirmative that he said that is wrong, and need to be debunked.
  9. themroc

    themroc New Member

    Michael: "Hey Mom, look what i found in the attic: Grampas diary! Did you know he had JFK to dinner? JFK said amazing things, gotta post 'em on the internet."
    Mom: "Look, Mikey, Grampa was not into this conspiracy stuff, he probably wouldn't want to have his good name attached to this."
    Michael: "So i'll post it anonymously, the world oughta know this! May i? Please... PLEASE!!!"
    Mom: [sighs] "Ok, go on if you have to..."
    Narrator: "And little Mikey posted it to his favorite Web Forum. Unfortunately, the site hosting this forum has

    in its robots.txt file, so researchers can't find his posting with google or any other major search engine."
  10. Trigger Hippie

    Trigger Hippie Senior Member

    That doesn't make any sense to me. Are you suggesting that one should believe in all quotes because you can't prove they're fake?

    • Like Like x 3
  11. Cairenn

    Cairenn Senior Member

    First one would need to show that Grandpa had JFK to dinner. If not, then the journal is most likely counterfeit.

    There was the scandal of the 'Hitler Diaries' from a few years ago.

  12. themroc

    themroc New Member

    No. I'm merely suggesting that you should not claim to know something when you only believe it.
  13. Cairenn

    Cairenn Senior Member

    Then I may not be alive, I BELIEVE I am. That seems to be silly to me.

    Knowledge is based on facts, if there is NO record of someone saying something, there is no reason to consider that they MIGHT have said it. It has to be dismissed, until such time as there is a basis to say it is true.
  14. MikeC

    MikeC Closed Account

    If it is a quote then it must be referenced to a source that can be verified - I know this

    It is not referenced to anything that has been verified - I know this too.

    Ergo it is fake - and because I know the premises I know this too.

    Sorry to burst your bigoted bubble.
  15. Trigger Hippie

    Trigger Hippie Senior Member

    How about if we say that for the time being, based on available evidence, we can conclude the JFK quote above is not true.

    • Like Like x 2
  16. themroc

    themroc New Member

    No, you just made it up. In the definitions of "quote" i know there's no such requirement:


  17. David Fraser

    David Fraser Senior Member

  18. themroc

    themroc New Member

    Negative. Based on available evidence (none), we can conclude that we do not know. My guess: its probably fake, i don't think he would have uttered that illuminati-stuff.
  19. themroc

    themroc New Member

    He said "a source that can be verified". There's nothing like that in definitions 1-4.
  20. Melbury's Brick

    Melbury's Brick Active Member

    Mother Theresa once claimed "I like nothing more than to chill on a Saturday night, crack a bottle of Jack Daniels, and play 'hide the sausage' with the local football team."

    "I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit."...... Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin.

    Oh....and my great great grandfather could fly....my cousin told me....read it in the old man's diary.......
  21. Ron A

    Ron A New Member

    I would like to know from Mike West, since he said
    "....... because there is no record of the quote ever existing before 2011" and "It appears almost exclusively on Facebook and on anti-Zionist sites."
    1) Where did he first find it in 2011? I would like some verifiable sources to judge the legitimacy of his assertion, and
    2) since he said "ALMOST exclusively.... " where else was it found that were NOT Facebook or "anti-Zionist" websites? (which in and of itself is a judgemental assertion we should be allowed to make for ourselves had we been given such sites to verify the veracity of that label)
  22. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Actually I can't find any in 2011 now, however facebook posts are not indexed by Google.

    There are several in 2012, example:

    Including some that are pro-Zionist

    Here's a search for posts in 2012 or before:

    Note that the pre 2012 dates listed there don't actually go to pre-2012 pages, the dates are incorrect, or the text is in a new comment on an old post. Visit each individual page to verify it.
  23. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    People who believe this are, of course, completely clueless about JFK's actual views on Israel (in reality, he was the founder of the US-Israeli military alliance).

    RFK was adamantly pro-Israel, too.
  24. Babylon Slim

    Babylon Slim New Member

    1326619A-2EDB-4013-8590-BE42F2B18494. I Was In 4th grade when President Kennedy was killed. My dad and I were touched especially because he had a young son as well. It was my political awakening. In school(s) & later on my own, I’ve studied, researched this man. The point is, this is Somthing he would not have said - regardless of how he (may or may not) secretly felt.
    It was an age where a public figure was defined and displined - especially this educated man. When he was alive, Conspiracy wonks Had no credibility. JFK was for The Fed and supported The Young Israel State.
    When I saw the meme with his portrait and the phrase - I knew it was false. This is why I am so glad to have an alternative “Go To” Site For debunking To Snopes (nothing wrong with Snopes, mind you... just the more the merrier.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  25. Z.W. Wolf

    Z.W. Wolf Active Member

    Not rock solid of course, but the illiterate style is a clue that this is a counterfeit written by an illiterate person. The Dunning-Kruger effect* would insure that the incompetent faker wouldn't realize that his graceless fake quotation doesn't match the style of the eloquent JFK.

    One day after I am long gone, you...
    who? the people alive when he's saying this? wouldn't they be gone too? should make it clear he is talking to posterity

    will remember me and say, we...
    "me" and "we." pronouns don't agree.

    ...should have stopped the nuclear program of Israel, abolished the Federal Reserve and kicked...
    uncharacteristic usage

    ...all secret societies, occultists, usurpers and Zionists out of our wonderful country, to keep it that way,...
    "keep it that way" seems to refer to "wonderful" but it's clumsy

    ...but it is never too late, just remember that.
    but it will never be too late

    It's also one long, clumsy sentence. Typical of children and illiterate adults.

    Last edited: Dec 6, 2017