No. Jean Davison sets the record straight on this Internet legend.
You’ll find the alleged cited occasionally in online JFK debates:: “It was the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetuated.” President Richard M. Nixon, supposedly said this wile discussing the Warren Commission on May 15, 1972, the day presidential candidate George Wallace was shot.
In fact Rex Bradford has noted, this “quote” was the result of a “grave error” on the part of BBC writer Kevin Anderson. According to a transcript on the CNN website, in describing “the greatest hoax that has ever been perpetrated,” Nixon was referring to the idea that the JFK murder was attributable to the John Birch Society.
Even casual students of the assassination will note that the Warren Commission did not reach such a conclusion, instead declaring that Oswald acted alone. Bradford apologized on his site, History Matters, for passing along the BBC’s mistake. The CNN transcript is still online.
“Keep relying on secondary sources, folks, and you’ll learn lots of things that aren’t true,” Davision observes