CBS News Anchor Scott Pelley: Dallas Was ‘Unfairly Maligned’ for JFK Assassination

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Scott Pelley (photo by Jeanne Prejean)

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley says Dallas was blamed unfairly for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, but since has become the nation’s go-to site for understanding the event. “Dallas was unfairly maligned over the years—at the time, and even subsequently—unfairly maligned by other parts of the country because of where it happened,” Pelley said here last night after emceeing a fundraiser honoring Jerry Jones. “I think the way Dallas has remembered that with the Sixth Floor memorial and all of that has been so sober, constructive, educational, balanced, that the whole country has looked upon Dallas now as being the place where the history of the assassination is respected and researched and understood better than anywhere else in the country.”

“Every broadcast” at CBS News will be covering next month’s 50th anniversary of the shooting, Pelley said. So looking ahead, how does he see the narrative shaping up? “It’s always a story about loss, but it’s also a story about coming together as a nation,” he said. “It’s a story about lost opportunities and what might have been. I think a lot of people, ever since that day … have wondered how the Vietnam war might have been different, how other aspects of our country might have been different if those shots had not been fired. It just changed so much about American politics. We’re going to try to look back on that and examine that as a turning point and where it took the nation.”


  • Mouseears1

    You look good Scott Pelley. We were both kids when President Kennedy was killed and should stop blaming TX!

  • Anonymous

    John . F. Kennedy’s assassination happened 50 years ago and a majority of Americans do not believe The Warren Commission Report. After 50 years of denials, free the files.

    “Sunny Day in Dallas” – Gerry Segal

  • Mark Crane

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  • RichardC

    Everyone I ever knew from Dallas was a jerk with an attitude problem. They all declared themselves to be superior to evreyone else. I unfortunately had to work with one 20 years ago. He never bathed, and decided he had the same authority as the operations manager. He and I came close to a phsyical altercation because of his arrogance and disrespect as he had started demanding that I continue working off the clock. Company management refused to take action of his constant violations of company policy as well as his constant violations of my civil rights. So I walked out, but left a message for this jerk to face me off the premises. He failed to, as he was a coward and knew I would beat the hell out of him. This is the climate that LHO lived in and was influenced by, so Dallas is responsible in a sense.