O’Reilly’s JFK assassination fib
Bill O'Reilly's bestselling book on the JFK assassination, "Killing Kennedy," partly follows the travails of O'Reilly himself as a young reporter trying to uncover the truth behind the president's death. As author and former Salon politics editor Jefferson Morley highlighted this week, however, O'Reilly's firsthand accounts appear lacking in the truth department.
In an incident detailed in the book (and flagged by media outlets including USA Today) O'Reilly claims he was tracking down an interview with George de Mohrenschildt, a Russian expat with possible CIA connections who was friends with Lee Harvey Oswald. Investigators looking into the JFK assassination were seeking information for de Mohnrenschildt when he reportedly committed suicide in 1977. According to "Killing Kennedy," O'Reilly was on the Russian's doorstep when he heard "the shotgun blast that marked the suicide."
But as Morley pointed out this week, this was pretty much dramatic baloney: