Dan Rather Not Hurt by Cut From JFK Commemoration

By: Lacy Langley - November 6, 2013

Dan Rather is the famous face of the momentous occasion 50 years ago, when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

That fateful day, many American families were gathered around their television screens to hear the awful, heartbreaking report on what had taken place in Dallas in 1963.

This is what the nation collectively saw on CBS:

Unfortunately, Dan Rather won’t be a part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination on CBS, according to Yahoo. In 2006, he left CBS on terms that were not amicable. He waited to see if he would be asked to take part in the highly publicized commemoration on CBS, but when he wasn’t, he decided to provide his accounts, memories, and name for someone else.

“I held off doing anything for anybody else for a while, thinking I may be asked to do something,” Rather told the AP. “I can’t say I had any reason for that hope.”

He continued, “This is not a good idea to say ‘We want to change the historical record so we’re going to airbrush this guy out because we don’t like him’. They may want to control the way the public thinks about my record, but I’m pretty sure they have not been able to do that.”

He will join Tom Brokaw on a special edition of the Today show on NBC on the anniversary of the assassination, instead. CBS has not mentioned yet whether they will use Dan Rather’s historic footage in their special.

NBC is not the only network that will benefit from Rather’s fairly exclusive experience. He was also interviewed for a segment on CNN’s series The Sixties to air on the same day.

Rather has also been seen around Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where Kennedy was shot. He is reportedly filming an hour special for his AXS show, Dan Rather Reports, which will air on November 18. Looks like CBS could be the loser on this anniversary revival in the interest around the John F. Kennedy assassination.

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  • Healthy

    The only thing that hurts is realizing that we were all lied to and we continue to be lied to. I studied the JFK incident for years and there is absolutely no doubt in my mind Oswald was a patsy and we were lied to. To this day, I find the “Man in the Doorway” photo to be just plain eerie. He looks like Oswald and was dressed exactly like Oswald was when he was arrested. For those of you who don’t know what that photo is — look it up. You see Oswald standing outside in a doorway as the motorcade passed by the depository.

    Also, when Oswald was arrested at the theater, the Dallas police sent 8 squad cars and 17 police to arrest a man who didn’t pay a movie ticket. Remember, at that time, no one knew what Oswald looked like or even that he was the killer. It was only an hour after the shooting. All the police were told was a man didn’t pay for a movie ticket. Now the President was just shot, the Governor was just shot, a police man killed, and the city was in a panic — yet the police are going to send 8 squad cars and 17 police to deal with a man who didn’t pay for a movie? This simply doesn’t make logical sense

    Don’t ask me who did kill Kennedy. I don’t know. My guess it is the people who had the most to lose by Kennedy being in office – the military industrial complex. War is big business and the first official act of Johnson was to squash the executive orders Kennedy wrote to stop the war in Vietnam. Remember America — what are the three biggest industries in the world —- oil, guns, and drugs. Everything we do is about those 3 things. Everything.

    • http://Yahoo! LB

      I agree with you completely. Oswald was indeed a patsy. I’ve been to Dealy Plaza and stood in the street, on the spot where Kennedy was shot. If Oswald was a lone gunman, he had a perfect shot at the president head on when the motorcade turned and face the Book Depository. He had clear shots the entire time as the car moved toward him. He could have shot just the president one time in the front of the head. Why would he wait for the motorcade to turn and pass behind a tree and a traffic sign before he shot at the president 3 times? Because he was a patsy. There were two other gunmen there just in case Oswald chickened out. The other two gunmen had nowhere to hide. The only place to hide and shoot Kennedy was behind the fence in the parking lot behind the grassy knoll and at the overpass after the motorcade turned and drove passed the depository. There had to be more than Oswald!

  • Bruce Bouck

    Remember, Dan Rather was the one, covering 9/11 live, who said (I paraphrase) “It looks as if those buildings were demoed…” Hmmm…

    • My Favorite

      My favorite was when a reporter was standing outside of the Pentagon AFTER it was hit and said that there was not sign of a plane. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Then the Pentagon won’t release the 85 tapes they have of that side of the building being hit. Not to mention the hundreds of tapes from local businesses that could have shown a plane hitting it.

      My second favorite is the Shanksville first responders. They didn’t see a plane either. Apparently in 2013, the ground just swallows planes whole and leaves no traces. My God — these are massive airliners we are talking about! With Titanium engines!!! Yet, they vanish into thing air.

    • Richard

      And they were… nano-termite has been found in the trade center’s dust

  • mark lane

    The most important clue to the JFK assassination can be found in this Youtube video: