Wolf Blitzer’s Awkward Segue

Wolf Blitzer’s seque into Saturday night’s airing of a CNN Special on the Kennedy assassination caught a few people by surprise:

Coming out of a breaking news segment detailing Secretary of State John Kerry’s Iran deal announcement late Saturday evening, CNN anchorWolf Blitzer threw to the network’s special documentary about the assassination of John F Kennedy. He just could have done it a li’l more gracefully:

“I’m Wolf Blitzer, reporting from Washington. The assassination of President Kennedy begins…right now.”

To be fair to Blizter, The Assassina tion of President Kennedy is indeed the title of the CNN film that has aired a few times this month. Nonetheless, it could’ve been handled just a little bit better.

Here’s the video so you can judge for yourself:

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. John Peabody says:

    Aw, give him a break. For years, he’s announced “[Name of Show] begins…right now”. These guys don’t have time to read ahead.

  2. grumpy realist says:

    What I found…..perplexing….was the chirpy attitude taken by our local Chicago newshawks when commenting on the 50-year memorial services.

    I mean, shouldn’t the assassination of a dearly-loved president always remain a tragedy? And deserving of a serious attitude when being reported on?

  3. JohnMcC says:

    For CNN and by extension all of cable news and the persons presenting it to us, what they produce is a commodity. Mr Blitzer could as well have been presenting Firestone Tires or Dove Body Wash. If it involved the actual murder of and actual president, so what?

    And it is very very late in the game to act all huffy about it and put a blog post up essentially saying ‘isn’t ANYthing sacred?’ Hell no, nothing is sacred if it can pin enough eyeballs to enough screens, as you ought to have figured out by now, sir.

  4. Barry says:

    To be fair, Wolf is long past the time when he could be taken seriously.