Bill O’Reilly’s Dramatic JFK Story Discredited By Former Colleagues


Bill O’Reilly is facing more scrutiny, this time regarding his reporting on the JFK assassination.  Former Washington Post editor Jefferson Morley republished an article on his JFK Facts website which includes evidence he said “exposes” a “story of fiction” from the Fox host.


Mediaite reports:

In the book, O’Reilly tells the story of a young reporter who tracks down a man named George de Mohrenschildt, a CIA asset who played some role in the JFK assassination:

“[The reporter] traced de Mohrenschildt to Palm Beach, Florida and travelled there to confront him. At the time de Mohrenschildt had been called to testify before a congressional committee looking into the events of November 1963. As the reporter knocked on the door of de Mohrenschildt’s daughter’s home, he heard the shotgun blast that marked the suicide of the Russian, assuring that his relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald would never be fully understood.

By the way, that reporter’s name is Bill O’Reilly.”

As Morley noted, O’Reilly also retold that story as fact to USA Today in 2012. But it turns out O’Reilly was actually in Texas on the day of de Mohrenschildt’s suicide. O’Reilly did, however, win a Dallas Press Club award for his coverage of de Morenschildt for WFAA-TV, according to his bio.

In a series of audio tapes made by investigator Gaeton Fonzi, who Morley identified as O’Reilly’s “most reliable source on the JFK story,” O’Reilly can be heard saying he is going to travel from his office in Texas to Florida to look into the suicide after it happened. So there is no way he could have heard the “shotgun blast” with his own ears.

The Huffington Post reports:

According to Rowlett and Harris, O’Reilly never mentioned while he was working at WFAA that he was present when de Mohrenschildt committed suicide.

“That came later,” Rowlett said. “That must have been a brain surge when he was writing the book.”

O’Reilly’s claim to have been in Florida is also contradicted by conversations the Fox host had with Gaeton Fonzi, an investigative journalist who wrote extensively about the Kennedy assassination. Fozi, who is now deceased, writes in his biography that he received a call from O’Reilly shortly after the suicide, asking for confirmation it had happened. From Fozi’s autobiography:

About 6:30 that evening I received a call from Bill O’Reilly, a friend who was then a television reporter in Dallas. “Funny thing happened,” he said. “We just aired a story that came over the wire about a Dutch journalist saying the Assassinations Committee has finally located de Mohrenschildt in South Florida. Now de Mohrenschildt’s attorney, a guy named Pat Russel, he calls and says de Mohrenschildt committed suicide this afternoon. Is that true?”

Yesterday, to discount claims from Mother Jones and some of his former colleagues with CBS, which say O’Reilly embellished his war reporting, the Fox host threatened a New York Times reporter.

“I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.”

Threats are bad, mmkay? They make a person look guilty.

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