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Dan Rather Slams CBS for JFK Snub

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Dan Rather takes over as the anchorman of the CBS Evening News in New York, March 9, 1981. Rather took over the anchorman position after Walter Cronkite retired as anchor of the top-rated national news program.

Although longtime anchor Dan Rather played a historic role in covering President Kennedy’s assassination and then spent 44 years with the network, CBS News won’t include him in its 50th-anniversary coverage of the monumental event. Rather was part of initial arrangements to cover Kennedy’s Dallas visit and went on to serve as CBS’s top anchor for 24 years until a sensitive story and messy lawsuit forced him to leave in 2006. “I held off doing anything for anybody else for a while, thinking I may be asked to do something [for CBS],” Rather said. “I can’t say I had any reason for that hope.” He will instead appear on NBC’s Today show for the November 22 anniversary.