Today Fresh Air’s TV critic David Bianculli talks about the media coverage for the Kennedy assassination:
In 1993 Terry Gross spoke to Walter Cronkite about this iconic moment in broadcasting history:
Terry Gross: When you went on to say that Kennedy was dead, your eyes teared and that’s something we’ve seen replayed so many times, on every anniversary of the death, and it’s become one of these historic moments of broadcasting. Were you concerned about getting emotional on the air? Did you try to be as emotionless and stoic as possible, and were you concerned when you realized that your eye was tearing?
Walter Cronkite: Well, I wasn’t concerned about my eye tearing, I was concerned about my voice choking and not being able to speak. That concerned me quite a lot. The tearing didn’t matter, I certainly, didn’t really think about it except the concern that I wouldn’t be able to get the words out.
TG: How close did you come to not being able to get them out?
WC: Pretty close, I think. I remember a moment of real terror that I was going to choke up and fall apart, as it were.
Very emotional time in the USA
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