How 'The Nation' Covered the JFK Assassination

Steven Hsieh, writing for The Nation, looks back:

On that day, and for many thereafter, the mainstream media kicked into full-gear tragedy mode. Television stations broke new ground in live event coverage. Every newspaper filled its front pages with stories about the shot, the shooter and the succession. They splashed the same photos over and over: The president smiling in his Lincoln Continental moments before horror struck; Lyndon B. Johnson standing next to a grieving Jacqueline Kennedy, reciting the oath of office.

The Nation didn’t print photos then. Staying true to form, its coverage of the events were light on sentimentality. In the December 14, 1963 issue (The Nation dates issues three weeks into the future), the editors devoted all of their opinion pages to the late president and his successor. The lead editorial offered a restrained yet sympathetic look at his tenure.

Interesting retrospective. The “mainstream media” quip is telling, as it goes to show just how progressive-minded, journalistically and politically, the publication really is.