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Before ‘Killing Kennedy’ Bill O’Reilly Investigated ‘Umbrella Man’ for WFSB

o-reillyWith the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaching, National Geographic is debuting “Killing Kennedy” based on the book by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

But what viewers may not know is that before becoming the iconic face of FOX News and penning the New York Times besteller, O’Reilly was a reporter for Hartford, CT, CBS affiliate WFSB who investigated the possible role played by the “Umbrella Man” in the assassination of our 35th President.

WFSB anchor Dennis House will air the original four-part investigation from November 1979 this Sunday. “Look for Carter-era graphics, including our disco inspired logo,” said House on his blog. “Note the size of the tape cassette recorder Bill carried with him.”

The premise of O’Reilly’s reporting was a fascinating yet somewhat bizarre theory: that JFK was killed by an assassin using an umbrella gun, a man who was dubbed the “umbrella man.” Judging by his line of questioning, I got the sense even O’Reilly seemed a little incredulous at the prospect of the leader of the free world being snuffed out by a gadget-laden umbrella.

In the report, O’Reilly travels to Dallas looking for evidence about the mysterious man with the umbrella. He also talks to a retired FBI agent who was there for JFK’s autopsy. House writes, “Bill’s questioning of this agent is worth watching and foreshadowed a style seen decades later on the “O’Reilly Factor.”

The series airs as part of “Face the State” on WFSB this Sunday at 11:00 a.m.

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Fox News Host Bill O’Reilly Takes on Norfolk’s WAVY


Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly is taking on WAVY, the NBC-affiliate in Norfolk.

At issue is the local coverage of an attack on Dave Forster and Marjon Rostami, two reporters at the Virginian-Pilot. The pair were attacked by a mob on April 14 while they were on their way home from a movie.

“The O’Reilly Factor” has been covering the attack for several weeks, saying it “may be racially motivated.” Police in Norfolk have disputed the claim. On Tuesday night, WAVY reported on O’Reilly’s coverage of the attack, saying the Fox News host is “shining a negative spotlight on the city.” Read more

WFSB Digs Up Vintage Footage of Anchor Bill O’Reilly

“Bottom line: it was not a great experience… and he moved on,” said host Dennis House during a segment on WFSB‘s “Face the State” this past Sunday, profiling Bill O’Reilly‘s short stint as an anchor and reporter with the Hartford CBS-affiliate.

House dug up some vintage footage of O’Reilly from his time at WFSB, from 1979 to 1980. While his tenure in Hartford was short, O’Reilly got to report on several big news stories of the time, including the visit of Pope John Paul II to New York and the 1980 presidential primary.

“At least from the archives, it appears O’Reilly never phoned it in,” House said, even when he had to cover, for instance, the hysteria surrounding then-teen idol Rex Smith. (Watch the full segment HERE). Read more

Known for Her Controversial On-Air Comments, Susan Roesgen to Anchor WGNO’s ‘News with a Twist’

Susan Roesgen, who was let go by CNN following comments she made on-air while covering a Tea Party event in Chicago, has landed at New Orleans’ WGNO.

In April 2009, Roesgen, then a correspondent for CNN, described the Tea Party event as “anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox.”  The video bounced around the internet, drawing the ire of Shepard Smith, Bill O’Reilly, and others.

Now Roesgen is set to co-anchor a new 6 p.m. program that the ABC-affiliate is calling “News with a Twist.”  The unconventional show will feature Roesgen and  LeBron “LBJ” Joseph, the morning drive-time DJ at New Orleans’ KMEZ-FM, going over the day’s stories in a newly constructed set that evokes a barroom.

The type of on-air commentary that got Roesgen in trouble at CNN will seemingly be encouraged at WGNO, where news director Rick Erbach says the mantra of the new show is “It’s not a newscast.” Read more