- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, relentless author of such best-sellers as “Killing Lincoln” and “Killing Jesus,” is back into this disquieting but popular theme.

“There are four books in the ‘killing series’ - Lincoln, Kennedy, Patton, Jesus. Right now, 12 million copies of those books are in print,” Mr. O’Reilly told his vast audience Wednesday night.

“The next book will be out September 22, and the title is ‘Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault that Changed a Presidency.’ Like all the others, this book will be somewhat controversial because we have uncovered brand new stuff, some of it surprising. You’ll like it. It’s the history of our times,” he advised.

Mr. O’Reilly coauthored the book with Martin Dugard; it will be published by Henry Holt.

“Just two months into his presidency, Ronald Reagan lay near death after an assassin’s bullet came within inches of his heart. His recovery was nothing short of remarkable - or so it seemed. But Reagan was grievously injured, forcing him to encounter a challenge that few men ever face. Could he silently overcome his traumatic experience while at the same time carrying out the duties of the most powerful man in the world?” the authors ask.

Though Mr. O’Reilly’s “killing series” has proved popular and inspired several movies, an influential group took issue with the author’s approach in one book. The OSS Society - a non-profit dedicated to the history of the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor of the CIA and U.S. special operations - was not comfortable with Mr. O’Reilly’s portrayal of Gen. William Donovan, founder of the heroic, World War II-era organization.

“It is paradoxical that Donovan has become a frequent target of attacks from both sides of the political spectrum. From the pages of the left-wing New Yorker, which smeared him in an error-filled profile several years ago, to right-wing Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Patton, which rehashes an unfounded and absurd conspiracy theory that General Patton was killed on General Donovan’s order, it is open season on ‘Wild Bill’,” wrote Charles Pinck, president of the society.

See his recent essay at SofRep.com - an online repository for news and analysis by military and special ops veterans -  here


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide