In his 2012 book “Killing Kennedy,” O’Reilly wrote that he knocked on the door of a South Florida home when suddenly he “heard the shotgun blast that marked the suicide” of George de Mohrenschildt, a Russian immigrant who knew Lee Harvey Oswald.
While promoting the book, O’Reilly said on Fox News that he “was about to knock on the door” when de Mohrenschildt “blew his brains out with a shotgun.”
The discrepancies were first reported by JFK researcher Jefferson Morley in 2013. His fact-checking didn’t get much attention at the time, and the low-quality recordings he posted on his website made it difficult to understand what O’Reilly and Fonzi were saying.
Earlier this week, amid scrutiny about how O’Reilly has recounted some of his journalistic exploits, the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America drew new attention to Morley’s fact-checking.
Because of that personal connection, Marie Fonzi said she felt conflicted before making the recordings public.
“I always try to do what I think my husband would do, and I sometimes think he would tell me, ‘Don’t hurt Bill,'” she said. “But I also know my husband was committed to the truth.”
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