The Press: Covering the Tragedy

Never before in history had such momentous news traveled so far so fast. Never before had so many people stood almost immediate witness to a worldshaking event. Within an hour of President Kennedy's assassination, the tragic word had been transmitted to every corner of the earth.

The news went farthest and fastest by radio and TV. In the U.S., all three major networks, alerted by wire service bulletins, set every camera and every newscaster to covering the story of the President's assassination. CBS announced that it was suspending all other programs and all...

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