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JFK: One PM Central Standard Time 

How the JFK assassination was reported by journalists on the scene in Dallas and Walter Cronkite, who anchored CBS News coverage from New York. Included. The recollections of Dan Rather , ... See full summary »

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Alastair Layzell
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George Clooney ... Himself - Narration (voice)
Walter Cronkite ... Himself - CBS Anchorman (archive footage)
John F. Kennedy ... Himself - President of USA (archive footage)
Dan Rather ... Himself - CBS News, 1963
Bill Hampton Bill Hampton ... Himself - UPI Bureau Dallas, 1963
Bob Schieffer ... Himself - CBS News
Bill Clinton ... Himself - Former President of USA (as President Clinton)
Timothy M. Gay Timothy M. Gay ... Himself - Author, 'Assignment to Hell'
Ron Bonn Ron Bonn ... Himself - CBS News, 1963
Sanford Socolow Sanford Socolow ... Himself - CBS News, 1963 (as Sandy Socolow)
Thurston Clarke Thurston Clarke ... Himself - Author, 'JFK's Last Hundred Days'
Robert MacNeil ... Himself - NBC News, 1963
Marianne Means Marianne Means ... Herself - Hearst Newspapers
Susan Bennett Susan Bennett ... Herself - Former UPI Bureau Chief
Brian Williams ... Himself - NBC News
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How the JFK assassination was reported by journalists on the scene in Dallas and Walter Cronkite, who anchored CBS News coverage from New York. Included. The recollections of Dan Rather , Bob Schaeffer, Marvin Lamb. Narrated by George Clooney. Written by TWasaga

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13 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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Shown in Britain on 22 November 2013 as a one-off special under the title "JFK - News of a Shooting" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination. See more »

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Useful But Misguided in Some Respects
6 August 2015 | by henryonhillsideSee all my reviews

This is a very useful documentary, but in terms of actual history, it goes too far in its salute to Walter Cronkite and CBS News.

Useful parts: Excellent interviews with people who covered the story, including Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather, Robert MacNeil, and the UPI deskman who took the first report from Merriman Smith.

Too far in its hagiography: Millions of people watched NBC that weekend. (And a fair number of people watched ABC.) The great journalists of NBC News, including Frank McGee, Edwin Newman, David Brinkley, and Chet Huntley, were fully as important to America's perception of this event as Cronkite - perhaps more so. The history of the weekend, in terms of TV coverage, is slowly being written to emphasize Cronkite and exclude NBC; this is bizarre and ahistorical. I will note for the record that Huntley-Brinkley beat Cronkite in the ratings for evening news all through the '60s until Huntley decamped for Montana. I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. KSTP (NBC) was our station of choice for viewing during the terrible weekend of November 22-25, 1963.

At some point in the late '60s or early '70s, NBC erased a lot of videotape from the early and mid '60s. (Johnny Carson never forgave them for that.) I wonder if some of the network's coverage of this weekend was wiped; I've never seen, on YouTube, NBC's superlative coverage of the funeral on Monday.


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