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CBS Should Have Included Dan Rather In 50th Anniversary Coverage Of JFK’s Assassination

November 6, 2013


When one has access to a part of the drama and chaos that played out during the horrible events from Dallas that left a President of the United States assassinated, and then does not use that person for the 50th anniversary coverage–well it is just plain wrong.  Or more to the point, plain stupid.

CBS is wrong and petty not to have included Dan Rather, long time reporter and then anchor for CBS News, in the 50th anniversary coverage.  The fact is this intrepid reporter was broadcasting from Dallas that day, was a part of the story from a journalistic perspective, and knew the feel and mood of the place and time.  To exclude his insight and memories is pure rubbish.  And CBS should be ashamed for allowing whatever differences they may have with Rather over business matters to interfere with the inclusion for historical purposes of a reporter who was on the ground at the time President Kennedy was killed.

CBS’ special will be anchored by its Washington bureau chief Bob Schieffer, who was a newspaper reporter at the Fort Worth Star Telegram in 1963 and actually gave Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother a ride to Dallas.

Rather said he feels that his exclusion is an affront to history: “This is not a good idea to say ‘We want to change the historical record so we’re going to airbrush this guy out because we don’t like him,’” he said. “They may want to control the way the public thinks about my record, but I’m pretty sure they have not been able to do that.”


One Comment
  1. November 6, 2013 3:45 PM

    John . F. Kennedy’s assassination happened 50 years ago and a majority of Americans do not believe The Warren Commission Report. After 50 years of denials, free the files.

    “Sunny Day in Dallas” – Gerry Segal

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