A news conference about an assassination attempt on emergency broadcast

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Is the assassination of an elected official a threat to democracy?

The absence of universal condemnation of a plot to assassinate an elected official, especially coupled with escalating levels of violence against school board members and election officials, portends disaster for American democracy. Anthony DiMaggio, political scientist at Lehigh University and author of the brilliant new book, Rising Fascism in…

What happened to the assassination attempt on a sitting president?

And with that, the assassination attempt on a sitting president, less than a decade after two failed attempts on Gerald Ford and 18 years after Lee Harvey Oswald shot John F. Kennedy, was over. But how the news spread, with misinformation seeding chaos here and abroad, presented a cautionary tale for the media, one it still struggles with today.

Where can I watch the Kennedy assassination broadcast online?

CBSNews.com will stream CBS News’ historic broadcast coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination to mark the 50th anniversary of the shooting. The extensive online offering will feature the minute-by-minute CBS News broadcasts in real time as they were delivered during the four-day period following the assassination.

What did Haig tell the press about the assassination attempt?

Within two hours of the assassination attempt, Haig told the assembled press that a bullet had pierced the president’s left lung and that high-ranking officials were convening in the White House Situation Room. “Who is making the decisions of the government?” a reporter asked.

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What news sources were involved in the Boston Marathon bombing?

Two years later following the Boston marathon bombings, faulty reporting led a host of sources – including CNN, the AP, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal , the New York Times, CBS, NBC and the LA Time s– to “broadcast” untruths about investigative finds and persons of interest.


What did Haig say about the President’s assassination?

Within two hours of the assassination attempt, Haig told the assembled press that a bullet had pierced the president’s left lung and that high-ranking officials were convening in the White House Situation Room.


How long was Reagan in office?

Reagan himself had only been in office for 70 days. While his approval ratings were in the mid-50s, a crisis in El Salvador involving U.S. ground troops was already putting a strain on his administration. But as Americans waited to hear what had happened during the afternoon of March 30, 1981, the only objective truth that they had seen during these hours of uncertainty and rumor was the footage of President Reagan standing, stoic, smiling and waving to onlookers before getting shot in the lung.


Why were reporters booed at the hospital?

Back at the hospital, reporters booed doctors on live television for giving exclusives to other news outlets. Senators huddled in front of a television in a cloakroom as television news reports jumped from Reagan having only been grazed to being in surgery for hours to undergoing open-heart surgery.


What is the breaking news consumer handbook?

After coverage of a 2013 mass shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., was plagued by similar misreporting, the public radio program “On the Media” published a “ Breaking News Consumer Handbook,” that has since become a guideline for how to report in the age of Twitter.


Who fired six shots at Reagan?

From that same area, John W. Hinckley fired six shots. Jerry Parr, head of the president’s Secret Service detail, shoved a surprised Reagan into the limousine.


Who was the anchor of ABC News when the show One Life to Live was cancelled?

About 15 minutes after Hinckley fired, Frank Reynolds, the anchor of ABC News, interrupted the soap opera “One Life to Live” with breaking news.

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