TV networks and cable channels are airing specials this week about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
While most of these broadcasts will depict the U.S. population in mourning, the reality is some Americans hated President Kennedy and actually welcomed the tragedy on Nov. 22, 1963.
Appearing on MSNBC's "The Cycle" this morning, Tom Brokaw recalled that he was working as the morning news editor at an Omaha, Neb. TV station when President Kennedy was shot, notes Mediaite.com (video below).
“As I came running out of the announce booth, the chief engineer, with whom I didn’t get along very well, he’s a really curmudgeonly guy, said ‘What happened?’” stated Brokaw.
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"Kennedy was shot,’” Brokaw recalled answering. “He said, ‘About time somebody shot that SOB.'"
“That was heard in other places, mostly in conservative states,” Brokaw said. “That was reflecting his real feeling for him and they had to peel me away from him.”
In a recent NBC News special (video below), Brokaw asked several celebrities and politicians where they were when JFK was killed.
"It was almost like a frozen frame in time," recalled Vice President Joe Biden.
Sec. of State John Kerry added, "I remember just completely disconnecting... it was just a shock."
"I went outside on a porch and cried for awhile," said former President Jimmy Carter. "It was the first time I had really wept for more than ten years."