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Following the death yesterday of Nelson Mandela, the networks are just now setting a weekend of tributes and retrospectives. First up, CBS News will air “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation,” a one-hour "48 HOURS PRESENTS." And ABC just announced a Robin Roberts/David Muir-anchored special tonight at 10, titled "Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed the World."
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One of the media's most unique efforts at bringing back that terrible day in history, fifty years ago, is on-going right now - at CBSNews.com, which is streaming its coverage of the day. It's a remarkable time capsule, and a must-watch for anyone who cares to go back to remember - and experience - that long ago moment:
Meanwhile, here are the times to watch this web streaming event... And speaking of television and what this all meant that day, here's a post from earlier today.
Day 1 - [9hrs. 45min. 23sec.] Start time: 1:40PM - End time 11:24PM
Day 2 - [15hrs. 01min. 20 sec.] Start time: 8:00AM - End time 11:02PM
Day 3 - [14hrs. 21min. 26.sec.] Start time: 9:00AM - End time 11: 22PM
Day 4 - [15hrs. 38min. 23sec.] Start time: 8:00AM - End time 11:38PM
Too much TV coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy . . . or too little? There is (after all) a lot: For example, The History Channel's "JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide" and "Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live," tonight competing with Tom Brokaw's "Where Were You: The Day JFK Died."
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Walter Cronkite, November 22, 1963:..."Some thirty-eight minutes ago..."
Over the past few weeks, this curious and rather sad side drama enveloped ongoing coverage of the JFK assassination anniversary: Would Dan Rather be airbrushed out of CBS News' coverage of that tragic long-ago day altogether? In fact, he was not: He appeared on Saturday's quite-good "48 Hours" special edition, "As It Happened."
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"60 Minutes," which Oct. 27 aired a report on Benghazi that almost immediately came under attack as deeply flawed, has finally issued a statement after days of standing by the Lara Logan story:
60 MINUTES has learned of new information that undercuts the account told to us by Morgan Jones of his actions on the night of the attack on the Benghazi compound. We are currently looking into this serious matter to determine if he misled us, and if so, we will make a correction.
It's unclear what "new information" CBS is referring to. The network has already said it should have revealed that the subject of the report, Dylan Davies, who was identified in the story as Morgan Jones, had written a book that was to be published by a CBS-owned imprint (the network's been caught with its pants down on this sort of thing before, so no big deal). But the larger issue is that Davies told the program something that was at variance with the official report he had filed with his employer concerning the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the embassy, where he was supervisor of the local guards protecting the mission.
He told "60 Minutes," for example, he had heroically scaled the compound wall during the attack to rescue the embassy officials -- four of whom, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed. But he said in his official report he was at a seaside villa, and couldn't get anywhere near it. That was not revealed in the "60" report and now he's thrown fuel on the political firestorm that has engulfed the attack and its aftermath for more thana year, with many critics insisting the Obama administration has engaged in a cover up.
"60" is now deeply in the soup, too.
Fifty years ago yesterday, "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite" expanded from fifteen minutes - the staccato-quick length of evening newscasts prior to Sept. 2, 1963 - to thirty full minutes. (OK, not counting commercials.) CBS Monday marked that anniversary with this fascinating piece. (See clip below.) Yes, this expansion was a very big deal in the history of U.S. TV journalism because it represented the beginning of the hegemony of the network evening newscasts ("Nightly News" went to a half-hour within weeks if not days...) For four decades after, the Big Three evening news shows were to become - for millions - the last stop of the day when it came to news, and these programs helped to define the world for them. (Sure, they're not quite what they were, nor are newspapers, you may have heard, but are still viewed by many millions every night.) An important part of the history of "The Evening News" began that day. Here's the piece again...well worth watching:
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