For the last few weeks, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly has been weathering accusations from liberals that he has lied about stories in the past. Now, CNN is saying they have an audio recording that proves O’Reilly lied about a story regarding the JFK assassination.
In his book Killing Kennedy, O’Reilly claimed he heard the gunshot when George de Mohrenschildt, an associate of John F. Kennedy’s killer Lee Harvey Oswald, killed himself in his Florida home. CNN’s audio recording depicts O’Reilly talking about traveling to Florida to cover de Mohrenschildt’s suicide.
In his book, O’Reilly wrote, “In March of 1977 a young reporter knocked on the door of de Mohrenschildt’s daughter’s home. He heard the shotgun blast that marked the suicide of the Russian.”
“That reporter’s name is Bill O’Reilly,” he added, according to Daily Mail
The audio clip tells a different story: it shows O’Reilly calling investigator Gaeton Fonzi to confirm de Mohrenschildt’s death.
“I’m coming down there tomorrow,” O’Reilly can be heard saying. “I’m coming to Florida. I’m gonna try to get a night flight out of here, if I can. But I might have to go tomorrow morning.”
Liberals are citing this as evidence that O’Reilly is a liar and are pressuring Fox to fire him immediately. The network, however, has been standing by the controversial host.
“Bill O’Reilly has already addressed several claims leveled against him. This is nothing more than an orchestrated campaign by far left advocates Mother Jones and Media Matters,” Fox said in a statement. “Responding to the unproven accusation du jour has become an exercise in futility. FOX News maintains its staunch support of O’Reilly, who is no stranger to calculated onslaughts.”
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