You may have
heard that the Fox News celebrity host Bill OReilly has a
forthcoming book on JFK, timed for release this fall. How could
you have not heard? Scheduled in anticipation of the 50th anniversary
of Kennedys death in 2013, the book has been heavily covered
by the media examples here,
despite a near total lack of information as to the content.
Heres an excerpt from USA Today which is typical:
with most baby boomers, the murder of JFK was a signature moment
in my life, OReilly, the top-rated Fox News talk show
host and a former high school history teacher, said in a statement.
Killing Kennedy will answer many questions about the president
and why his life was cut short.
What sort of
answer will OReilly provide to the fundamental and extremely
controversial question about why Kennedy died? Will he perpetuate
the mainstream medias near-constant advocacy of the lone-nut
scenario? OReilly did not even hint at how he would handle
it or whether he has any new information.
book by OReilly, his recent Killing
Lincoln, was, as some reviewers noted, more like a John
Grisham rendition of the tragedy than the work of an investigative
journalist or scholar intent on major breakthroughs or even
compare the nature of OReillys current bestseller fare,
and the medias receptivity to it, with journalism done some
years back, again on the JFK assassination by the very same
Bill OReilly. The earlier work had some major, groundbreaking
revelations and legitimate, very hot content, based on reporting
conducted in the early 1990s. It will come as a surprise, because
most of us never heard about the shows revelations
not at the time, and not since. Theres a reason: the highly
disturbing, even threatening evidence of a mostly unexplored link
between Oswald and U.S. government agents.
OReilly below, back when he hosted the syndicated television
show Inside Edition:
Living in Dallas, Oswald was befriended by Russian-born George
de Mohrenschildt. Investigators determined he was a contract agent
for the CIA in Central America and the Caribbean. In 1977, moments
before he was to be interviewed by House investigators, de Mohrenschildt
blew his brains out with a 20-gauge shotgun. House investigators
believe he was a crucial link between the CIA and Lee Harvey Oswald.
no question that the sealed JFK Files are extremely embarrassing
for the CIA. House investigators have told Inside Edition that
the Agency did not fully cooperate in their investigation and
that the CIA had final say in the final report that the House
Assassinations Committee made public. Thus the public report makes
no mention of the CIAs links with Lee Harvey Oswald. But
the secret documents are another story.
investigators uncovered evidence that the CIA planted nine agents
inside the Garrison investigation to feed him false information
and to report back to Langley what Garrison was finding out.
That was explosive
content, and OReilly was prepared for major press interest
in this scoop. Thats not, however, the way things played out.
Jerry Policoff, who interviewed OReilly back in those days
for an article in the alternative newsweekly The Village Voice
thought the piece was so important that he held a press conference
to promote it. Of course no mainstream media showed up. He expressed
his astonishment to USA Today, and I interviewed him as a follow-up.
He repeated to me that he could not understand how the media could
not even show up at a press conference on such an important issue.
that was Bill OReilly back then, in the 1990s, before he became
a breakout star. Will OReillys new Kennedy book really
tell us why he died?
if we consider what it took for OReilly to make it big-time.
who used to appear on Fox a lot in OReillys first years
there. recalls a producer mentioning that OReilly wanted to
continue doing JFK assassination reports, but that network chief
Roger Ailes and other top management kept stepping on the
OReilly is on a roll that is likely to continue provided
he plays his cards right.
is this: Listen to the higher-ups, dont step on the wrong
toes, and you, too, can make it to the top.
We look forward
to seeing if todays OReilly takes inspiration from his
younger, feistier self in probing beneath the official story of
the Kennedy assassination. But were not holding our breath.
on George de Mohrenschildt, the CIA-connected father figure
to Lee Harvey Oswald, his friendship with George HW Bush, and his
abrupt death as investigators sought to interview him, see Chapter
Five, Oswalds Friend, in Russ Bakers bookFamily