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While Cronkite was reading this bulletin, a second one arrived, mentioning the severity of Kennedy's wounds:. President Kennedy shot today just as his motorcade left downtown Dallas. Kennedy jumped up and grabbed Mr. Kennedy, she called, "Oh no! United Press [International] says that the wounds for President Kennedy perhaps could be fatal. Repeating, a bulletin from CBS News: President Kennedy has been shot by a would-be assassin in Dallas, Texas.
Stay tuned to CBS News for further details. Just before the bulletin cut out, a CBS News staffer was heard saying "Connally too," apparently having just heard the news that Texas Governor John Connally had also been shot while riding in the presidential limousine with his wife Nellie and Mr. CBS then rejoined the telecast of ATWT during a commercial break, which was followed by show announcer Dan McCullough's usual fee plug for the first half of the program and the network's 1: Just before the second half of ATWT was to begin, the network broke in with the bumper slide a second time.
In this bulletin Cronkite reported in greater detail about the assassination attempt on the President, while also breaking the news of Governor Connally's shooting. President Kennedy was shot as he drove from Dallas Airport to downtown Dallas; Governor Connally of Texas, in the car with him, was also shot. It is reported that three bullets rang out.
A Secret Service man has been The President, cradled in the arms of his wife Mrs. Kennedy, was carried to an ambulance and the car rushed to Parkland Hospital outside Dallas, the President was taken to an emergency room in the hospital. Other White House officials were in doubt in the corridors of the hospital as to the condition of President Kennedy.
President Kennedy shot while driving in an open car from the airport in Dallas, Texas, to downtown Dallas. Cronkite then recapped the events as they had happened: The cast had continued to perform live while Cronkite's bulletins broke into the broadcast, unaware of the unfolding events in Dallas. ATWT then took another scheduled commercial break.
The segment before the break would be the last anyone would see of any network's programming until Tuesday, November During the commercial, the bumper slide interrupted the proceedings again and Cronkite updated the viewers on the situation in Dallas. This bulletin went into more detail than the other two, revealing that Kennedy had been shot in the head, Connally in the chest.
Cronkite remained on the air for the next ten minutes, continuing to read bulletins as they were handed to him, and recapping the events as they were known.
He also related a report given to reporters by Texas Congressman Albert Thomas that the President and Governor were still alive, the first indication of their condition. He then left the radio booth and went to the anchor desk in the newsroom.
The camera was finally operational by this time and enabled the audience to see Cronkite, who was clad in shirt and tie but without his suit coat, given the urgent nature of the story.
Cronkite reminded the audience, again, of the attempt made on the life of the President and tossed to KRLD news director Eddie Barker at the Dallas Trade Mart, where Kennedy was supposed to be making a speech before he was shot.
Barker relayed information that Kennedy's condition was extremely critical. Then, after a prayer for Kennedy, Barker quoted an unofficial report that the President was dead but stressed it was not confirmed.
After several minutes, the coverage came back to the CBS newsroom where Cronkite reported that the President had been given blood transfusions and two priests had been called into the room. Back in Dallas Barker announced another report of the death of the President, mentioning that it came from a reliable source. Before the network left KRLD's feed for good, Barker first announced, then retracted, a confirmation of Kennedy's death.
CBS cut back to Cronkite reporting that one of the priests had administered last rites to the president. In the next few minutes, several more bulletins reporting that Kennedy had died were given to Cronkite, including one from CBS's own correspondent Dan Rather that had been reported as confirmation of Kennedy's demise by CBS Radio. As these bulletins came into the newsroom, it was becoming clearer that Kennedy had in fact lost his life.
Cronkite, however, stressed that these bulletins were simply reports and not any official confirmation of the President's condition; some of his colleagues recounted in that his early career as a wire service reporter taught him to wait for official word before reporting a story. He appeared to concede this when, several minutes after he received the Rather report, he received word that the two priests who gave the last rites to Kennedy told reporters on the scene that he was dead.
Cronkite said that report "seems to be as close to official as we can get", but would not declare it as such. Nor did he do so with a report from Washington, DC that came moments later, which said that government sources were now reporting the President was dead this information was passed on to ABC as well, which took it as official confirmation and reported it as such; NBC did not report this information at all and chose instead to rely on reports from Charles Murphy and Robert MacNeil to confirm their suspicions.
After looking it over for a moment, he took off his glasses, and made the official announcement:. From Dallas, Texas, the flash, apparently official: After making that announcement, Cronkite paused briefly, put his glasses back on, and swallowed hard to maintain his composure. With noticeable emotion in his voice he intoned the next sentence of the news report: With emotion still in his voice and eyes watering, Cronkite once again recapped the events after collecting himself, incorporating some wire photos of the visit and explaining the significance of the pictures now that Kennedy was dead.
He reminded the viewers that Vice President Johnson was now the President and was to be sworn in, that Governor Connally's condition was still unknown, and that there was no report of whether the assassin had been captured.
He then handed the anchor position to Charles Collingwood , who had just entered the newsroom, took his suit coat, and left the room for a while. The two major pieces of information involved the Oath of Office being administered to Vice President Johnson, which officially made him the thirty-sixth President, and that Dallas police had arrested a man named Lee Harvey Oswald whom they suspected had fired the fatal shots.
After that, Cronkite left again to begin preparing for that night's CBS Evening News , which he returned to anchor as normal. For the next four days, along with his colleagues, Cronkite continued to report segments of uninterrupted coverage of the assassination, including the announcement of Oswald's death on Sunday.
The next day, on the day of the funeral, Cronkite concluded CBS Evening News with the following assessment about the events of the last four dark days:. It is said that the human mind has a greater capacity for remembering the pleasant than the unpleasant.
But today was a day that will live in memory and in grief. Only history can write the importance of this day: Were these dark days the harbingers of even blacker ones to come, or like the black before the dawn shall they lead to some still as yet indiscernible sunrise of understanding among men, that violent words, no matter what their origin or motivation, can lead only to violent deeds? This is the larger question that will be answered, in part, in the manner that a shaken civilization seeks the answers to the immediate question: Who, and most importantly what, was Lee Harvey Oswald?
The world's doubts must be put to rest. Tonight there will be few Americans who will go to bed without carrying with them the sense that somehow they have failed.
If in the search of our conscience we find a new dedication to the American concepts that brought no political, sectional, religious or racial divisions, then maybe it may yet be possible to say that John Fitzgerald Kennedy did not die in vain. That's the way it is, Monday, November 25, This is Walter Cronkite, good night. I choked up, I really had a little trouble Fortunately, I grabbed hold before I was actually [crying]. In a CBS special commemorating the 40th anniversary of the assassination, Cronkite recalled his reaction upon having the death confirmed to him, he said,.
And when you finally had to say it's official, the President is dead And they were, um, hard to come by. According to historian Douglas Brinkley , Cronkite provided a sense of perspective throughout the unfolding sequence of disturbing events.
In mid-February , on the urging of his executive producer Ernest Leiser , Cronkite and Leiser journeyed to Vietnam to cover the aftermath of the Tet Offensive. According to Leiser, Abrams told Cronkite, "we cannot win this Goddamned war, and we ought to find a dignified way out. Upon return, Cronkite and Leiser wrote separate editorial reports based on that trip. Cronkite, an excellent writer, preferred Leiser's text over his own.
Who, What, When, Where, Why? We have been too often disappointed by the optimism of the American leaders, both in Vietnam and Washington, to have faith any longer in the silver linings they find in the darkest clouds. They may be right, that Hanoi's winter-spring offensive has been forced by the Communist realization that they could not win the longer war of attrition, and that the Communists hope that any success in the offensive will improve their position for eventual negotiations.
It would improve their position, and it would also require our realization, that we should have had all along, that any negotiations must be that — negotiations, not the dictation of peace terms.
For it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate. This summer's almost certain standoff will either end in real give-and-take negotiations or terrible escalation; and for every means we have to escalate, the enemy can match us, and that applies to invasion of the North, the use of nuclear weapons, or the mere commitment of one hundred, or two hundred, or three hundred thousand more American troops to the battle.
And with each escalation, the world comes closer to the brink of cosmic disaster. To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe, in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past.
To suggest we are on the edge of defeat is to yield to unreasonable pessimism. To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion. On the off chance that military and political analysts are right, in the next few months we must test the enemy's intentions, in case this is indeed his last big gasp before negotiations. But it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.
In his book This Just In: But he knew then that it would take more than Americans were willing to give it. Several weeks later, Johnson, who sought to preserve his legacy and was now convinced his declining health could not withstand growing public criticism,   announced he would not seek reelection. During the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Cronkite was anchoring the CBS network coverage as violence and protests occurred outside the convention, as well as scuffles inside the convention hall.
When Dan Rather was punched to the floor on camera by security personnel, Cronkite commented, "I think we've got a bunch of thugs here, Dan. The first publicly transmitted live trans-Atlantic program was broadcast via the Telstar satellite on July 23, , at 3: General of the Army Dwight D. Cronkite is also remembered for his coverage of the United States space program, and at times was visibly enthusiastic, rubbing his hands together on camera with a smile and uttering, "Whew According to the PBS documentary on Cronkite, there was "nothing new" in his reports on the Watergate affair;  however, Cronkite brought together a wide range of reporting, and his credibility and status is credited by many with pushing the Watergate story to the forefront with the American public, ultimately resulting in the resignation of President Richard M.
Nixon on August 9, During the conversation the production staff cut away from the report back to the live camera in studio as Cronkite was still on the phone. After he was made aware that he was back on camera, Cronkite held up a finger to let everyone watching know he required a moment to let Johnson finish talking.
Once Cronkite got what he needed, he thanked Johnson and asked him to stay on the line. He then turned to the camera and began to relay what Johnson had said to him. I'm talking to Tom Johnson, the press secretary for Lyndon Johnson, who has reported that the thirty-sixth President of the United States died this afternoon in a He was stricken at 3: Three agents who were at the scene, who are permanently attached to the ranch to protect the President, uh, went to his immediate aid, gave him all emergency aid they could, put him in a plane, I suppose, Tom, one of the President's own planes?
Johnson was notified of the events at her office in Austin and flew immediately to San Antonio and Tom Johnson, no relation to President Johnson, the President's news secretary, has told me that from Austin. During the final ten minutes of that broadcast, Cronkite reported on the death, giving a retrospective on the life of the nation's 36th president, and announced that CBS would air a special on Johnson later that evening.
Kennedy prevented the broadcast at that time. This is my last broadcast as the anchorman of The CBS Evening News ; for me, it's a moment for which I long have planned, but which, nevertheless, comes with some sadness. For almost two decades, after all, we've been meeting like this in the evenings, and I'll miss that. But those who have made anything of this departure, I'm afraid have made too much. This is but a transition, a passing of the baton. A great broadcaster and gentleman, Doug Edwards , preceded me in this job, and another, Dan Rather , will follow.
Furthermore, I'm not even going away! I'll be back from time to time with special news reports and documentaries, and, beginning in June, every week, with our science program, Universe. And that's the way it is: Friday, March 6, I'll be away on assignment, and Dan Rather will be sitting in here for the next few years. As he had promised on his last show as anchor in , Cronkite continued to broadcast occasionally as a special correspondent for CBS , CNN , and NPR into the 21st century; one such occasion was Cronkite anchoring the second space flight by John Glenn in as he had Glenn's first in In , Cronkite hosted the minute documentary, Silicon Valley: The film documented Silicon Valley's rise from the origin of Stanford University to the current high-technology powerhouse.
In the feature, Cronkite describes the steps taken in the creation of an animated film, while Robin Williams becomes an animated character and even becomes Walter Cronkite, impersonating his voice. He also was shown inviting Disney guests and tourists to the Disney Classics Theater. Cronkite provided a particularly funny anecdote about taking a picture from a house in Houston, Texas , where a newsworthy event occurred and being praised for getting a unique photograph, only to find out later that the city desk had provided him with the wrong address.
He provided the pivotal voice of Captain Neweyes in the animated film We're Back: A Dinosaur's Story , delivering his trademark line at the end. In , he made an appearance on Broadway, providing the voice of the titular book in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. He recorded voice-overs for the film Apollo 13 , modifying the script he was given to make it more "Cronkitian. His distinctive voice provided the narration for the television ads of the University of Texas, Austin , his alma mater , with its 'We're Texas' ad campaign.
Unusually, Cronkite was a Novice-class licensee—the entry level license—for his entire, and long, tenure in the hobby. On February 15, , he went into the studio at CBS to record narration for WCC Chatham Radio , a documentary about Guglielmo Marconi and his Chatham station, which became the busiest ship-to-shore wireless station in North America from to Cronkite chronicles, over archive footage, the events following World War II that resulted in America's rise as the dominant world power.
Prior to his death, "Uncle Walter" hosted a number of TV specials and was featured in interviews about the times and events that occurred during his career as America's "most trusted" man.
Witness to History aired on PBS. Cronkite's voiceover was notably not used on introducing the broadcast reporting his funeral — no voiceover was used on this occasion. Ted Baxter , who at first tried to convince Cronkite that he Baxter was as good a newsman as Eric Sevareid , pleaded with Cronkite to hire him for the network news, at least to give sport scores, and gave an example: In the late s and again in the s, Cronkite appeared on the news-oriented situation comedy Murphy Brown as himself.
He also continued hosting a variety of series. In , he hosted the TV documentary Dinosaur! The Story of Human Evolution. In , he narrated the World Liberty Concert held in the Netherlands. Cronkite routinely hosted the Kennedy Center Honors from to Cronkite appeared briefly in the dramatic documentary The American Ruling Class written by Lewis Lapham ; the film Thirteen Days reporting on the Cuban Missile Crisis ; and provided the opening synopsis of the American Space Program leading to the events in Apollo 13 for the Ron Howard film of the same name.
Cronkite wrote a syndicated opinion column for King Features Syndicate. In and , he contributed to The Huffington Post. Cronkite was a vocal advocate for free airtime for political candidates. Cronkite criticized the present system of campaign finance which allows elections to "be purchased" by special interests, and he noted that all the European democracies "provide their candidates with extensive free airtime.
Cronkite concluded that "The failure to give free airtime for our political campaigns endangers our democracy. In , he supported President Bill Clinton during Clinton's impeachment trial. He was also a proponent of limited world government on the American federalist model, writing fundraising letters for the World Federalist Association now Citizens for Global Solutions. It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government patterned after our own government with a legislature, executive and judiciary, and police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace.
To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty. That would be a bitter pill. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order. But the American colonies did it once and brought forth one of the most nearly perfect unions the world has ever seen. Cronkite contrasted his support for accountable global government with the opposition to it by politically active Christian fundamentalists in the United States:.
Even as with the American rejection of the League of Nations, our failure to live up to our obligations to the United Nations is led by a handful of willful senators who choose to pursue their narrow, selfish political objectives at the cost of our nation's conscience. They pander to and are supported by the Christian Coalition and the rest of the religious right wing. Their leader, Pat Robertson , has written that we should have a world government but only when the messiah arrives.
Any attempt to achieve world order before that time must be the work of the Devil! I'm glad to sit here at the right hand of Satan. In , Cronkite, who owned property on Martha's Vineyard , became involved in a long-running debate over his opposition to the construction of a wind farm in that area. In his column, he repeatedly condemned President George W.
Bush and the invasion of Iraq. Cronkite appeared in the Robert Greenwald film Outfoxed , where he offered commentary on what he said were unethical and overtly political practices at the Fox News Channel. Cronkite remarked that when Fox News was founded by Rupert Murdoch , "it was intended to be a conservative organization — beyond that; a far-right-wing organization".
In January , during a press conference to promote the PBS documentary about his career, Cronkite said that he felt the same way about America's presence in Iraq as he had about their presence in Vietnam in and that he felt America should recall its troops.
Cronkite spoke out against the War on Drugs in support of the Drug Policy Alliance , writing a fundraising letter and appearing in advertisements on behalf of the DPA.
While the war in Iraq is in the headlines, the other war is still being fought on our own streets. Its casualties are the wasted lives of our own citizens. I am speaking of the war on drugs. And I cannot help but wonder how many more lives, and how much more money, will be wasted before another Robert McNamara admits what is plain for all to see: Cronkite was married for nearly 65 years to Mary Elizabeth 'Betsy' Maxwell Cronkite, from March 30, , until her death from cancer on March 15, Pagourtzis is being held without bond at the Galveston County Jail.
He is charged with capital murder of multiple persons and aggravated assault against a public servant. Authorities said they discovered homemade explosive devices in the school and nearby, including pipe bombs, at least one Molotov cocktail and pressure-cooker bombs similar to those used in the Boston Marathon attack. Abbott called the shooting "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools.
Houston police chief Art Acevedo said school resource officer John Barnes is "hanging in there" after being shot in the arm. Barnes was the first person to engage with the suspect, officials said. Two people of interest were being interviewed by authorities, Abbott said.
He didn't identify them. Pagourtzis' social media pages showed multiple images of guns. He recently posted a photo wearing a T-shirt reading "Born to Kill" and there were also photos of a long dark jacket with Nazi symbols.
Abbott said the suspect had said that he wanted to commit suicide after the shooting. There was an active search for explosives, a federal law enforcement source told CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues. Authorities were in the process of rendering them safe and asked the public to call if they see anything suspicious.
The suspect had a shotgun and a. The suspect's father owned the weapons legally, Abbott said, adding that he didn't know whether the father was aware his son had obtained the weapons.
Student Damon Rabon told CBSN that he looked out his classroom door with a substitute teacher after hearing several loud bangs and saw the gunman. The substitute teacher then pulled the fire alarm in the hopes of alerting students and faculty in other areas of the school and getting them to evacuate.
When teachers and students were outside after the fire alarm was pulled, shots were fired, Turner said. Turner said he ran behind some trees, heard more shots, jumped a fence and ran to a car wash. He said he saw firefighters treat a girl who had a bandage around her knee and may have been shot. Rome Shubert, a sophomore at the school, was treated for a gunshot wound to the head. They had no reason to be shot -- they didn't deserve that.
Students from the high school were transported to another location to reunite with their parents. We grieve for the terrible loss of life and send our support and love to everyone affected by this absolutely horrific attack.
To the students, families, teachers and personnel at Santa Fe High, we're with you in this tragic hour, and we will be with you forever. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also said it was responding. There was a large law enforcement response to the same school in February when it was placed on lockdown after students and teachers said they heard "popping sounds.
The shooting on Friday was all but certain to re-ignite the national debate over gun regulations, coming just three months after the Florida attack that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
In alone, there have already been 16 school shootings -- the highest number at this point during any year since I've always kind of felt like that eventually it was going to happen here too," Santa Fe High School student Paige Curry told reporters.
I was just scared. In the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, survivors pulled all-nighters, petitioned city councils and state lawmakers, and organized protests in a grass-roots movement.
Within weeks, state lawmakers adopted changes, including new weapons restrictions. The move cemented the gun-friendly state's break with the National Rifle Association NRA , who fought back with a lawsuit. In late March, the Parkland teens spearheaded one of the largest student protest marches since Vietnam in Washington and inspired hundreds of other marches from California to Japan.
The calls for tighter gun controls that have swelled since February have barely registered in Texas -- at least to this point. Texas has some of the most permissive gun laws in the U. In the run-up to March primaries, gun control was not a main issue with candidates of either party. Republicans did not soften their views on guns, and Democrats campaigned on a range of issues instead of zeroing in on gun violence.
O'Rourke said marchers would meet "lies and hate with the truth and vision of the future from the U. Lawmakers announced an agreement that would cap ICE beds and include money for physical barriers, but not a wall.
During Moonves's tenure, men at CBS News who were accused of He told Douglas that he was a fan of her performances in the Martin. At CBS affiliates, the mail ran something like 11 to 1 in support of the mayor; and during the twenty-three-minute session, he told the CBS news anchor that he . He could not “fathom” continuing to work for an agency that lies to the public, he told CBS News reporter Jamie Yuccas on Wednesday.