interview with news correspondent DAN RATHER. Rather was the first network television journalist to report that U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. In his autobiography, he also claims to be one of the first to see the Zapruder film showing the assassination and the first to describe it on television. The film was not itself shown on television to the general public, and Rather reported the fatal headshot as forcing Kennedy's head to be thrown violently forward, when it was thrown backwards. This misreporting is sometimes included as part of conspiracy theories which purport that the direction in which Kennedy's head moved supports one theory or another.
Later, he reported that some schoolchildren in Dallas had applauded when they were notified of the president's death. Administrators said that, in fact, the thrust of the announcement was that school was to be dismissed early (making the students' delight more understandable). This story infuriated local journalists at then-CBS affiliate KRLD-TV (now Fox owned-and-operated KDFW-TV), who temporarily threw the CBS News staff out of their workspace
Rather's reporting during the national mourning period following the Kennedy assassination and subsequent events brought him to the attention of CBS News management, which rewarded him in 1964 with the network's White House correspondent position. Rather recalls first hearing the news of JFK's death nad how it affected the way we cover news on television
Discusses being on the CBS crew, shooting film and vividly recalls the day in Dallas when JFK was assassinated and what he did. He was on the scene..discusses seeing the motorcade and being suspicious as it was moving by very fast
recalls being at the hospital and hearing all the news but NOBODY said the hospital was dead
continues to recall the moments after JFK death, the confusion, and the importance of the event in history and broadcasting and how it changed American Society
part one ends
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