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It Never Fails......

The minute you write a column about journalism and its ethic of getting it right, you can count on something in that column being wrong. It's practically a rule of thumb, just as it is a rule of thumb that any column that makes wisecracks about other people's grammar will invaluably contain a grammatical mistake itself.

So in my Tuesday column about Walter Cronkite, I mistakenly attributed Frank Reynolds' on-air temper tantrum to coverage of the Kennedy Assassination in Dallas when, in fact, it occurred during the assassination attempt on Ronald Reagan in 1981.

This much is certain: it's never easy reporting an assassination or an assassination attempt on the air while people watch.

And, admittedly, few have ever anchored on-air breaking news as authoritatively as Walter Cronkite.
--Jeff Simon

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