ABC Says Jackie Tapes Not So Sordid, but Won't Spill
You'll have to wait for the network special
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2011 4:22 AM CDT
A photo of Jackie Kennedy graces the cover of a book about the former first lady.   (AP Photo/Doubleday)

(Newser) – ABC officials are saying that their Jackie O tapes are not nearly as "sordid" as claimed in press reports—but aren't saying what's on them. The Daily Mail has reported that Jackie Kennedy told historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in a lengthy interview that she believed Lyndon Johnson was behind the assassination of her husband, that she knew about JFK's affairs, and that she had flings of her own. The "tabloid reports about the content are totally erroneous," said an ABC statement, which added that no details of the tapes will be released until they're featured in a network program next month.

The eight hours of tapes can't be completely tame—Jackie O asked in her will that the tapes not be released until 50 years after her death. Daughter Caroline has decided to release the tapes just 17 years after her mother died of cancer, and they'll be the subject of a new book with a forward written by Caroline, according to the Los Angeles Times. It's not clear if the book, or ABC, will reveal the entire contents of the tapes.

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Paulo Pereira
Jan 25, 2014 2:08 AM CST
I hope ABC reveal the entire part of what she said about LBJ on the tape. I don´t trust the U.S. media who keep repeating that Oswald "lone nut" bullshit for 50 years .
youngblood
Aug 9, 2011 11:21 AM CDT
Jackie O wanted this released 50 years after her death and her daughter wants to cash in on the money to be gained by this book by releasing them now before she's too old to enjoy the cash! Hey Caroline you already got more then enough money so why don't you honor your Mom's wishes?!!.
JackNelsonSteward
Aug 9, 2011 5:35 AM CDT
this is starting to sound like ad hype. Someone's got a book, someone's got a TV show and someone's got a "tabloid" to sell. there are tapes. The "argument" will be settled soon.