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Apologies for this later reminder of yet another documentary on the JFK assassination, but this one should be both worthy and worth your time: CNN's "The Assassination of President Kennedy," Thursday at 9, and produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (and Mark Herzog). It'll repeat at 11, and again Sunday at 9 and 11. (And there will be other airdates. Hard to miss this one.)
I've only sampled this two-hour film (and will watch more) but what I've seen makes this particular entry stand out because it's one of the rare films to actually build the entire tragic day -- Nov. 22, 1963 -- almost entirely through archival material, some of which I had not yet seen before. There are also many interviews, including of Dan Rather.
Again, I'm impressed with what I've seen, and no re-creations or docu-dramaturgy here, which has tended to distract or distort some of the other films.
Some clips, and Newsday app readers please head to Newsday.com/tvzone to view:
Ted Turner: There is no name in the wide world of cable that evokes more history, more color, more controversy, more abiding interest than this one. And after all these years, CNN is finally profiling him. (The first such profile on Ted's creation, CNN? Will get back to you on that question, but I don't recall one, offhand...)
Will this be hard-hitting? Oh come on! It's...Read more »
"Reliable Sources," a CNN Sunday fixture for many years and long ably hosted by Howard Kurtz until he recently left for Fox News, has named a new host: Brian Stelter.
Stelter — now the former media reporter for The New York Times — was also named senior media correspondent for the network.
Here's CNN chief's Jeff Zucker's news release quote:
“Brian has emerged as one...Read more »
If Dick Cheney thought if he was going to get a cozy, free promotional ride on "60 Minutes" for his new book, "Heart: An American Medical Odyssey," he must have been surprised by the final product Sunday night.
It was tough, extremely tough, to the point where CNN chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta, who conducted the interview, actually accused him of lying during his vice presidency about his heart condition. (About five minutes into the clip below.)
Obviously, whether you are a Cheney supporter or not, it was inspired to put Gupta on this story because just about anyone else would have been lost at sea. Gupta knew what to ask, how to ask, and how to pursue. It was very good. Not, by the way, that Cheney came off looking particularly bad -- he didn't.
He showed that old Cheney irascibility and obduracy the world came to know, and to either love or loath and fear, for more than eight years. But he was forced to address questions that he might normally not have cared to address, and apparently did not confront in the book either.
Some could argue that Gupta -- whom the Obama administration had once nominated for the position of surgeon general -- had some sort of political agenda, except the questions he raised were valid. Or that Gupta, a neurosurgeon at Atlanta's Grady Memorial in his spare time, isn't a heart specialist. That would also seem a stretch.
In any event, a tough, interesting "60" interview. Watch here if you haven't already. Newsday app readers go to http://bit.ly/174hlN2 if you want to hear Dick Cheney call himself Darth Vader.
Whatever happened to the Flag - that iconic star of the photo taken not long after the Twin Towers fell, when several members of the FDNY hoisted it atop a poll on still smoldering rubble? That's the subject of tonight's "The Flag" on CNN at 9 - the first film under the CNN Films banner, directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein (and produced by Tucker). The story, based on...Read more »
Wednesday is the 50th anniversary of one of the great events of the civil rights era, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and television is taking notice.
But where to turn? Here's a quick list -- straight from the networks themselves -- of what/when/who. The march itself 50 years ago was a television landmark as well -- one of the first major news events covered by Walter Cronkite...Read more »