CBS newscaster Walter Cronkite takes off his glasses as he announces the death of of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. (via NPR)
We just have a report from our correspondent Dan Rather in Dallas that he has confirmed that President Kennedy is dead. …From Dallas, Texas, the flash — apparently official — President Kennedy died at one P.M. Central Standard Time, two o’clock Eastern Standard Time, some 38 minutes ago.
Ann Curry has a message for Russian security after they shushed the press waiting in the lobby of Geneva’s Intercontinental when Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov arrived.
Thirty journalists—half of them foreign reporters, half of them Syrian—have been kidnapped or gone missing in Syria, the Associated Press reported this week. The number is unprecedented. Syria today is the scene of the single largest wave of kidnappings in modern journalism, more than in Iraq during the 2000s or Lebanon during the 1980s. A combination of criminality, jihadism and chaos is bringing on-the-ground coverage of the war to a halt.
In one of several alarming new trends that have emerged in Syria, jihadists are abducting reporters, holding them captive and making no demands for their release. Instead of requesting prisoner exchanges or ransoms, they hold journalists indefinitely as human bargaining chips for future use.
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In an unprecedented move, the French newspaper Libération ran an entire issue without photos today, placing them instead in the back spread so people can see the art that’s missing. Its reason? It was trying to draw attention to the plight of photojournalists worldwide—timing the issue around Paris Photo, the world’s largest photography fair. “It’s not a wake, we’re not burying the photographic art […] Instead we give photography the homage it deserves,” the paper explains. “Yet, no one can ignore the calamitous situation press photographers now find themselves in, especially war photographers who risk their lives while barely making a living.”
Your move, Chicago Sun-Times.
Former top aides Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau talk to BuzzFeed about President Obama’s favorite columnists and news sources.