NEW YORK — After more than a year of investigation and a good bit of controversy, ABC News will air a two-hour special on the career and legacy of President John F. Kennedy on Dec. 4 from 8-10 p.m.
“Dangerous World: The Kennedy Years” is a joint effort between ABC News and Lancer Prods., and is based in large part on the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh’s new book “The Dark Side of Camelot.” Producer Mark Obenhaus told Daily Variety the special also includes additional research and interviews.
The controversy surrounding the book relates to forged documents Hersh and Obenhaus initially relied on during their investigations. The so-called “Kennedy-Monroe” papers purported to document a hush agreement between the President and Marilyn Monroe.
NBC initially had the project, but dropped it. ABC picked it up in January and along with the Lancer team eventually determined those papers to be inauthentic. In September, “20/20” aired a segment about the papers being forged.
Looking to explore
“Those papers only constituted one of about 12 areas we were looking to explore, so when there was any question about them, we just decided not to go there with the show,” Obenhaus said.
Anchored by Peter Jennings, the special will touch on Kennedy’s family, Mafia connections, and his administration’s “secret war” against Cuba.
“TV isn’t about documents anyway, it’s about people,” Obenhaus said. “The strength of this show is that people who have never talked before about Kennedy are talking now.”