Dan Rather on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television
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News anchor/reporter Dan Rather was on the ground in Dallas on November 22, 1963, and he describes seeing President John F. Kennedy's motorcade, and how the news flowed in a chaotic manner following the shooting:

"One thing tumbled behind the other very, very quickly. You know, first it’s, 'The President’s been shot at?'... 'Yeah, shot at and hit.' 'Are we sure he’s been hit?' 'Yes, he was hit.' 'Holy smoke, where is he?' 'He’s been taken to Parkland Hospital.' All of this tumble flowed in very quickly. And everybody was trying to make telephone calls, listen to the police radio, turn up the police radios and the sheriff’s radios. They didn’t have much in the beginning, to tell you the truth. Because they were confused about what was happening, and with good reason."

Watch Dan Rather's full interview where he details his storied career at CBS News.

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