Audio from 1977 released by CNN this Sunday could potentially deepen the credibility hole Bill O’Reilly finds himself in.
In the recordings, the young Fox News host (who was then a reporter for a Dallas, Texas news station) talks about traveling to Florida to cover the suicide of a man involved in the investigation of the JFK assassination.
According to a report from Talking Points Memo, O’Reilly’s comments in the recording directly contradict an account he wrote in his 2012 book, Killing Kennedy, where claimed he was on the doorstep of the house where the suicide took place.
In the book O’Reilly wrote about covering the JFK case in the 1970s for Dallas television station WFAA. He wrote that he was at the doorstep of George de Mohrenschildt, a friend of Kennedy’s assassin, when the man committed suicide.
“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,” he wrote.
“That reporter’s name is Bill O’Reilly,” the passage concluded. The claim was replicated in the children’s version of O’Reilly’s Kennedy book.
But audio recordings, originally published in 2013 by researcher Jefferson Morely and released with better sound quality by CNN on Sunday, showed that O’Reilly called investigator Gaeton Fonzi to confirm de Mohrenschildt’s death.
“I’m coming down there tomorrow,” he could be heard saying on the tape. “I’m coming to Florida.”
“I’m gonna try to get a night flight out of here, if I can,” O’Reilly added. “But I might have to go tomorrow morning.”
Apparently Fox News has not responded to CNN’s request for comment.
Listen to the audio below, via CNN: