Jackie Kennedy Tapes May Not Be That Revelatory

A sensational account of Jackie's secret tapes is swatted down by ABC

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This weekend, the UK's The Sunday Express published a scoop allegedly revealing the content of a secret cache of audio tapes recorded by Jacqueline Kennedy shortly after JFK's death and obtained by ABC. The tabloid says she revealed to historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. that she found evidence in her bedroom that her husband had an affair with a White House intern, she had a series of retaliatory affairs, and believed that Lee Harvey Oswald was merely "a patsy" in the president's murder.

But it appears that the claims are full of hot air. According to The New York Post, ABC does have Jackie tapes and will air content in September to mark the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's inauguration. But a spokeperson flatly denied the sensational Express version: "The tabloid reports about content of the tapes are total nonsense," the network's rep said to the Post. "ABC isn't releasing any content from those tapes until mid-September, at which time it will be clear how off base these reports are."

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