WASHINGTON, Nov 10, 2013 —With the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s November 22 assassination looming ever closer, it is no surprise that TV programming reflects our enduring fascination with the events surrounding his death.
REELZ has already aired “JFK: The Smoking Gun,” a documentary that presents friendly fire as the cause of Kennedy’s death. But don’t expect any new theories tonight in “Killing Kennedy,” the documentary based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.
Rather than entertain the possibility that the House Select Committee on Assassinations was correct in concluding that JFK was “probably” killed as the result of a conspiracy, O’Reilly’s version stays true to the Warren Commission. Despite ample evidence of a conspiracy and the fact that a majority of Americans believe they have been deceived by their government, “Killing Kennedy” sticks to the premise that Oswald acted alone and excludes any evidence to the contrary.
The omitted evidence may or may not conclusively prove or disprove anything, but there is a reason that at least 1100 documents concerning Kennedy’s assassination are still classified 50 years later. Don’t expect any insight on the reasons why from O’Reilly and Dugard. They don’t even bother asking in “Killing Kennedy.”
Despite feeling like a lesson from a dated history book, “Killing Kennedy” does have one thing in common with every documentary ever made about that awful day in Dallas. No matter who tells the story, we are reminded of the loss we felt as a nation.
There are over 20 shows about Kennedy scheduled through November till the anniversary of his assassination on the 22nd, so buckle up for a long sad ride down memory lane.
“Killing Kennedy” airs on National Geographic Channel at 8 p.m. EST.
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