Roger Feinman began a career in journalism while he was still in college,
reporting on local campus disturbances for a Long Island radio station. He went
on to become a film producer, graphics editor and news writer at WPIX-TV in New
York City. From December 1972 until September 1976, he worked for CBS, Inc.,
mostly within CBS News at its New York headquarters, where his responsibilities
included assisting in the production of "The CBS World News Roundup with
Dallas Townsend." In 1975, he was consulted by 60 MINUTES for an
assassination segment that was killed by CBS News senior management. After
leaving CBS, he attended law school and now practices law in the areas of
insurance, excess and reinsurance coverage disputes; media errors and omissions;
entertainment liability; trials and appeals. He has extensive experience working
with the Freedom of Information Act in researching the Kennedy assassination. He
is currently working on projects involving the medical evidence and the news
media's treatment of the assassination controversy.
Roger Feinman has been feuding with David Lifton for years. It erupted again in December 1999 in the newsgroup alt.conspiracy.jfk, with Feinman re-releasing his 1993 book Between the Signal and the Noise, a 104-page exposé of Lifton and his alleged dishonesty in Best Evidence. Lifton returned the fire with two salvos from 1993 that he had circulated after Between the Signal was first released. You will find that each of these documents contains valuable background material on how the various Warren critics approach the assassination, in addition to the discussion of specific disagreements, where the language can get strong.
After Feinman and Lifton's documents were posted on our JFK course's web site, David Lifton in late December 1999 wrote the president of URI and threatened to sue the university for Internet-publishing libelous and defamatory materials about him. I then withdrew the documents while we examined the merits of his charges. Because many of Lifton's charges were responding to quotations or ideas that Feinman had obtained from a series of letters between Lifton and the famous first-generation JFK researcher Sylvia Meagher from the mid-1960s through 1970, the merit of most of Feinman’s charges and Lifton’s countercharges can only be determined by comparing them with those original letters. I therefore arranged with Hood College to view the letters and notes, where they are housed in a special collection that is publicly available, and found that Feinman had indeed portrayed the letters and notes accurately. We are thus, two months later, reinstating the three documents from Feinman and Lifton (links below).
Between the Signal and the Noise
Author's informal introduction to the book
Chapter One. You Just Don't Understand Me, You Never Did, I Hate You
Chapter Two. The Scent of a Woman, Part I
Chapter Three. I Don't Pick Brains, I Eat Them
Chapter Four. What's Wrong With All of You? Why Can't You See How Scholarly I Am?
Chapter Five. Act of Desperation: Best Evidence and the Decline of Pre-publication Review
Chapter Six. A Night at Bethesda
Chapter Seven. The Original Work of a Scholar
Chapter Eight. Assassination in the Fourth Dimension
Chapter Nine. I Had to Have That Document
Chapter Ten. I Can't Stop Dreaming About Roger Feinman, Yet He Rebuffs Me
Chapter Eleven. Hooray For Hollywood!
Chapter Twelve. Come to Me With Your Problems. Bring Your Manuscript.
Chapter Thirteen. The Scent of a Woman, Part II: The End of Sylvia Meagher's Dealings with Lifton
Chapter Fourteen: In the Shadow of Dealey Plaza—Some Final Thoughts on Former Critic and Wanna-be Academic/Screenwriter/Documentarian David Lifton and "Second Best Evidence"
Acknowledgments; About The Author
Lifton's two original responses:
"Beyond Me": Who is Roger Feinman? (May 1993)
"Screwball 'Logic'" (May 1993)