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Rob Lowe as John F. Kennedy

Rob Lowe as John F. Kennedy

Rob Lowe as John F. Kennedy

IT IS a recreation of the iconic photograph of President John F. Kennedy. The 50th anniversary of his assassination is November 22, 2013.

Lowe stars in National Geographic Channel’s two-hour docu-drama Killing Kennedy, which is based on the best-selling book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

Killing Kennedy chronicles the final years of Kennedy and his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald (Will Rothhaar) leading up to their deaths in November 1963. Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) will play First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Michelle Trachtenberg (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is Oswald’s wife Marina. The film’s debut in November and coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death. The project will be directed by Nelson McCormick (The West Wing).

[Entertainment Weekly]

There’s been quite a back and forth in the media over Bill O’Reilly’s best selling book, which is the basis of the television docudrama. Unfortunately, one part of it reveals he’s more into myth making the truth telling. From a post on Salon.com:

Bill O’Reilly’s bestselling book on the JFK assassination, “Killing Kennedy,” partly follows the travails of O’Reilly himself as a young reporter trying to uncover the truth behind the president’s death. As author and former Salon politics editor Jefferson Morley highlighted this week, however, O’Reilly’s firsthand accounts appear lacking in the truth department.

In an incident detailed in the book (and flagged by media outlets including USA Today) O’Reilly claims he was tracking down an interview with George de Mohrenschildt, a Russian expat with possible CIA connections who was friends with Lee Harvey Oswald. Investigators looking into the JFK assassination were seeking information for de Mohnrenschildt when he reportedly committed suicide in 1977. According to “Killing Kennedy,” O’Reilly was on the Russian’s doorstep when he heard “the shotgun blast that marked the suicide.”

But as Morley pointed out this week, this was pretty much dramatic baloney…

The rest of the Salon article proves that Bill O’Reilly’s memory is playing tricks on him, to put it kindly, because there are witnesses that know he wasn’t where he said he was in his book.

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