Let’s look back at Bill O’Reilly’s Kennedy assassination report for WFSB in 1979
Tomorrow will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. There are a lot of television specials planned around the event, and the impact that it’s had on this country for the past fifty years.
Usually, whenever the anniversary comes around, the conspiracy theorists all come out of the woodwork for a couple of days to remind everyone that they don’t agree with the official story that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone – they’ll say that the CIA and the Cubans and the Mafia and Lyndon Johnson and any number of others were all involved, and that there was a second gunman. Shockingly though, the Internet is a lot quieter than I would have thought. In fact, just this morning I was wondering where Oliver Stone has been all week – lo and behold, he wrote an opinion piece for USA Today.
However, long before Oliver Stone’s JFK in 1991 which had America in a conspiracy fever, there was another man. In November of 1979, in time for the 16th anniversary of the assassination, Bill O’Reilly was working here in Connecticut for Eyewitness News on WFSB Channel 3. He explored the theory that there was more involvement than just Lee Harvey Oswald and that the “Umbrella Man” as seen in the Zapruder Film actually shot a dart at President Kennedy to incapacitate him for the ultimate assassin. And A LOT of his information came from people who were living in Connecticut at the time:
Since then, Mr. O’Reilly’s fascination with the President’s assassination hasn’t diminished – he recently wrote “Killing Kennedy” which was just made into a TV film with Rob Lowe.