President John F.Kennedys assassination
On November 22 1963, the whole word was shocked after John F. Kennedy the 35th President of United States was assassinated. This happened as he was traveling through Dallas in Texas in an open convertible. He was accompanied in the Lincoln convertible by his wife Jacqueline Kennedy and the Texas governor Connally and his wife. As they were waving a crowd passing through downtown Dallas streets, a gunman fired shots from top of Texas School Book Depository building injuring the President and governor (Davis, 2009).
The President was pronounced dead some minutes after arrival at Dallas Parklands Hospital. He passed on at the age of 46.The vice president Lyndon Johnson who was also traveling in the motorcade took on the presidential oath of office and was now sworn in as the 36th President of US. President Johnson declared national morning for the assassinated president. A requiem mass was held and many people lined up to pay their last respect for the slain president. He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetry, in full military honors.
The gunman was later identified as Harvey Oswald from New Orleans born in 1939.He had married a soviet woman and had tried to secure a citizenship but was unable. He had at one time attempted to kill a former US Army general Edwin Walker but missed. Some minutes after the President was shot, the police started to question everybody (Zirbel, 2001). He shot a policeman who wanted to question him and fled. People who saw th8is reported the incident to the police who started to look for the suspect and later arrested him. He was working at the Texas School Book Depository Building from where he shot President Kennedy. He was arraigned in court and later when he was being transferred to another secure jail, someone emerged from the crowd that had gathered to see his departure and shot him. The guy later identified as Ruby was detained and charged with murder.
However, an official Commission report concluded that there was no conspiracy domestically or internationally alleged to assassinate the President. Another report from the house committee cited conspiracy claims and that an organized crime was involved. The two reports have been widely disputed.
The role of media in reporting at the time of assassination
The newspaper had the heading, “Kennedy slain by assassin” The media was very important in reporting political issues of United States in regard to their Presidents in the 1960s era (Engdahl, 2011).
The Marietta Daily Journal of Friday, Nov 23, 1963 reported that “the nation is stunned as President John. F. Kennedy was assassinated at 1: 25pm in Texas while riding in an open car through the city streets. The shooting occurred as President Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy was riding with the Texas Gov. John Connally and his wife, Idanill Brill “Nellie” Connally.”The consequent stories supporting the assassination headline in the newspapers included:-