TV tonight: Tom Hanks explores Kennedy’s assassination on CNN

The day America lost its innocence Photo: Wikiemedia/The Assassination of President Kennedy

WASHINGTON, Nov 14, 2013 —Fifty years have passed since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, but our fascination with the event has endured. The film “Killing Kennedy,” based on Bill O’Reilly’s book, was the most watched show ever on the National Geographic Channel last Sunday night.

Tonight at 9 p.m. on CNN, yet another assassination special will air. “The Assassination of President Kennedy” was produced by multiple EMMY® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and EMMY® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog.


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According to CNN; “the two-hour film explores the events on the day that changed the nation – and the world, as well as how the public’s perceptions of what happened that day have changed through the years.

As the Kennedy shows continue leading up to the November 22 anniversary of his assassination, the various theories still resonate with us all these years later, but why? Maybe it is because we refuse to accept the fact that someone as inconsequential as Oswald could kill one of the most well guarded people in the world.

It is much less unsettling to believe Kennedy was killed as the result of a well planned and elaborate plot by a group at odds with his plans for America’s future. Whether we believe it was the Russians, the CIA, the FBI, Castro, the mob, or Vice President Johnson who were behind the assassination, we want to believe Kennedy died for a higher purpose than the attention seeking actions of a lone gunman.

The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy five years later only served to confirm our suspicions that we had little power in determining the direction of our country.


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An endless series of revelations of government malfeasance followed. The Gulf of Tonkin incident, the Watergate scandal, the Iran-Contra scandal, the missing WMDs, the Benghazi Embassy attack, and most recently the NSA’s spy tactics have all served to undermine any lingering confidence we may have in our government.

IN 1963 we had a president who instilled hope and inspired the belief that we could lead the world on a path of peace and understanding. Kennedy told us we could go to the moon, and we did. He told us that maybe we should look at the Russian people as our neighbors sharing a small planet instead of our sworn enemies.

He accomplished the unimaginable task of getting Khrushchev to agree on the Limited Test Ban Treaty of 1963 just one year after the Cuban missile crisis. Kennedy brought us all together in the belief that we could work toward a common goal, no matter how hard it might be.

Say what you will about John F. Kennedy, but it cannot be denied that he was a president who knew how to lead. These days we are at the mercy of leaders who have made the shutdown of the government a regular possibility. About the only thing our leaders can agree on today is the fact that they will always disagree, regardless of how much it hurts the country.

What we have as a result is a country so at odds with itself that we see conspiracies everywhere, whether they exist or not.

Is it any wonder that we still question the assassination of President Kennedy?


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