Originally published: September 8, 2011
Last updated: September 8, 2011 - 9:03pm
Modern media's first breaking-news test came on November 22, 1963.
Before September 11th, the question "where were you when" had a different ending: the moment when you learned about the assassination of a President was the shared touchstone for millions of lives. People found out about the tragedy in near simultaneity, and together watched the story evolve on television. They saw -- in real-time -- the story reach an apex when Lee Harvey Oswald was shot in the basement of the Dallas Police Department. It was the first live televised murder. The Kennedy assassination came at a remarkable moment near when the national media -- and national audience -- were first ready for the broad, immediate distribution of news. Since Pearl Harbor, communications had been maturing.
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