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Guest commentary: Modern journalists could learn from Cronkite's JFK coverage

7:37 PM, Nov. 14, 2013
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Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, was such a slow news day that producers at "CBS Evening News" in New York started thumbing through evergreen files, searching for stories in the can that could fill up that evening's half-hour telecast. Several reporters and writers took off for obligatory T-G-I-F lunches.

Anchorman and managing editor Walter Cronkite, then 47, was trying to diet, so he sat at his desk unhappily munching the cottage cheese and pineapple that his wife, Betsy, had packed that morning. Cronkite was glancing at international dispatches when a five-bell alarm suddenly erupted on the ...

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