Tuesday, May 21, 2024

CBS Evening News Forgets to Mention Walter Cronkite on 60th Anniversary of Him Breaking JFK Assassination News

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CBS News, you forgot that Walter Cronkite interrupted the news on November 22, 1963 to tell us JFK had been killed.

It’s maybe the most important media news announcement in history. The world changed at that moment and never got better.

“As the World Turns” was broadcasting live at 1:30pm on CBS. Yes, a “live” show. Around 1:40pm, Cronkite broke in so fast the logo went up before he was seen on screen.

Why is the Cronkite announcement such a big deal? There were only three network channels then. “As the World Turns” had millions of viewers. Cronkite was already the dean of network news.

CBS News made a big mistake tonight. They should have said something. That moment defined CBS News for the next 20 years at least.

Here’s what happened.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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