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The 12 Worst Historical Inaccuracies in Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Kennedy’

Controversial talk show host Bill O’Reilly takes America down another road of presidential violence in his new book ‘Killing Kennedy.’  O’Reilly’s previous book, ‘Killing Lincoln’ had been blasted by critics for being full of historical inaccuracies.

We wanted to know if O’Reilly’s Kennedy installment had any discrepancies.  We were shocked to learn that not only were there multiple errors, but the book was full of unnecessary profanity, blinding pop-up pictures, grocery lists that seem to have nothing to do with the plot and razor-sharp pages as well.

Here are the 12 worst historical inaccuracies we found in the book:

p. 1  “No one, not family, not even his closest friends, actually knows what the J F and K in JFK stands for.”

p. 22 “But at the time, mostly because of its name, no one who had just signed up for Kennedy’s newly created peace corps, realized that in the event of a war, they would be the first to see battle.”

p.  43 “There they stood before America, the first televised debate, Kennedy, appearing young, handsome and energetic; Nixon, tired, sweaty and angry that Kennedy had tricked him into running that fifty yard dash right before the debate.”

p.56  “In the first draft of his inaugural address, the iconic line ‘ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,’ was followed by a list of things people could do for their country which included ‘cooking for it’ ‘surprising it with flowers’ ‘taking it out for a nice dinner’ and ‘letting supervising countries know when this country did a good job.’

p. 76 “He had done it.  He had put a man on the moon, proving his critics wrong. Sure, they thought he could probably get a baby up there, a toddler perhaps and maybe even a teenager, but a full-grown man?”

P. 82 Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mister President” serenade also included “how old are you?” followed by verse after verse until the president finally shouted “WILL YOU STOP SINGING?!”

p. 92 “The Bay of Pigs Invasion was underway. ‘If this works, we’re going to have so much bacon!’ Kennedy was heard to exclaim.”

p. 95  “Nuclear disaster had been averted.  The Cuban Missile Crisis had ended with the Soviet Union backing down.  Months later, President Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev ran into one another at a restaurant.  There was a tense moment of silence before the two looked at each other and just busted out, laughing.”

p.100  “Before too long, the rigors of the presidency ruined Kennedy’s aspirations of becoming a professional body builder.

p.104  “As the first shot rang out in the sky, Kennedy pulled out his pistol and returned fire before he was finally struck.”

p. 105 “Kennedy’s assassination was the result of gang violence”

Epilogue ‘ghost written’ by Abraham Lincoln’s ghost

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Tim Kochenderfer is a published and internationally produced playwright and humor writer, as well as a ten time Emmy award winning TV producer. His 22 plays have been performed in every state and in almost 20 countries. For more of his work: http://www.playscripts.com/author.php3?authorid=82 http://www.brookpub.com/default.aspx?pg=ab&afn=Tim&aln=Kochenderfer http://www.cracked.com/members/tim-kochenderfer_contributor Contact: timkochenderfer@yahoo.com

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7 thoughts on “The 12 Worst Historical Inaccuracies in Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Killing Kennedy’

  1. Wow, where did these come from? I just fiinished reading Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Kennedy” and not one of these statements is in the book!!

    Posted by Cynthia Livingston | November 20, 2013, 11:35 pm
  2. I’ve read this book and none of these quotes are in it

    Posted by christian secor | May 9, 2013, 11:38 pm
  3. All true ? Wow ! Starting right from page 1 ! Amazing !

    Posted by Dan Hennessy | April 7, 2013, 2:28 pm
    • Accuracy is my goal

      Posted by Tim Kochenderfer | April 8, 2013, 12:18 am
      • I’ve only read a couple of pages and found BO may not have done very much reseach. JFK was not a second Lt. (that’s army). He should ave know better. Being an ex service guy I don’t think Oswald ever got a Experts badge. I think he qualified the lowest you can get.

        Posted by Charles Hofer | May 13, 2013, 6:48 pm

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