CommentaryThe Flash, Apparently Official
On November 22, 1963, Walter Cronkite faced what was surely one of the most difficult and explosively pressurized decisions in the history of journalism. Shots had been fired at U.S. president John F. Kennedy, and Cronkite had taken the lead on the story, reading a bulletin over a CBS News graphic at 1:40 P.M. EST, beating NBC by about a minute. ABC took to the airwaves with the story about a minute later. From that point on, CBS essentially “owned” the story. The eyes of the nation were therefore on Cronkite. His ethical and pragmatic decisions over the next couple of minutes would be crucial for his career, the credibility of television news, and for the nation…....[read more]
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