It has been 40 years since these journalists played their various roles in the most dramatic and devastating event in Dallas' history. It was a different media era, when cops and reporters were routinely best of friends; when local TV stations didn't even argue over the idea of pooling cameras to cover a big event. Yet the horrific story they covered that November weekend in 1963, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is still seen as the finest hour for many of the city's journalists. It was a time when the "local yokels"--young men like Hugh Aynesworth, Darwin Payne, Bert Shipp, Eddie Barker and dozens of others--shined through the longest days they can remember, covering the tragedy and its aftermath in a textbook, if somber, fashion. Because of this, they remain, in a sense, a... More >>>
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The Dallas media fit in well with the Big Boys in covering the JFK assassination.