KDFW Dallas has launched the "JFK Video: The Dallas Tapes," a collection of video clips from President Kennedy’s tragic trip to Dallas in November of ‘63. A graphic of an ancient television frames the video clips, which include John and Jackie stepping off U.S. 1 to a cheering crowd, Ruth Paine espousing conspiracy theories and, most harrowing, Lee Harvey Oswald being shot to death on live TV.
I’d heard about Oswald’s shooting since I was a kid, but had never seen it. My browser had some irritating buffering issues with the clip, but it was nonetheless intriguing to watch–especially knowing what was going to happen during the several minutes in which the various reporters and security officers were standing around, watching for Oswald’s arrival.
The clips are an interesting, if bittersweet, trip down memory lane for viewers of a certain age, and a compelling lesson in world history for the younger folk.
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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