Dan Rather discusses covering the JFK assassination. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company/Getty Images Entertainment)
Dan Rather says reporting on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy nearly 50 years ago helped launch his career, but came with a personal price.
“It certainly changed my life and changed my career, but perhaps more importantly, it changed me as a person and as a professional. I was deeply affected by what happened that day, as almost every American I knew was and remains who was alive and of memory age,” Rather said on WTOP Thursday.
Rather, a young CBS correspondent at the time, remains one of the few living news reporters who were on the ground in Dallas covering the tragedy. On WTOP Thursday, he discussed his AXS TV special commemorating the 50th anniversary of JFK’s death.
Rather addressed the conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination, saying that the facts point to that Lee Harvey Oswald was probably the only shooter.
“One gun, one shooter. Oswald was the shooter,” Rather said.
Rather’s former employer CBS News is making headlines after the network admitted Friday it was wrong to trust a “60 Minutes” source who told correspondent Lara Logan he was present at last year’s attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi.
Rather, who worked at the network for more than 40 years and was a contributor to “60 Minutes,” says in these kinds of situations, the blame is often attributed to the correspondent, but he says the blame should start at the top of the corporation.
Rather himself faced scrutiny for his disputed report on President George W. Bush’s time in the Texas Air National Guard.
“For the present time, I’m just going to say I’m as interested as anybody else to know what happened, what really happened and why it happened,” Rather said.
Listen to the full interview on WTOP below.
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