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Unfortunate juxtaposition of headline & photo…

The “New York Journal American” newspaper of Nov. 22, 1963 [1] did this “Extra” edition reporting Kennedy’s assassination. Making this issue a bit of a curiosity is the photo which accompanies the headline, as it shows a smiling Lyndon B. Johnson, a laughing Mrs. Johnson, and a smiling Jackie Kennedy. The photo was almost assuredly planned to accompany another story about their visit to Dallas but that edition was interrupted to quickly produce this “Extra” with the breaking news of the assassination. The photo was not replaced in the haste of getting the edition on the streets, producing this rather bizarre photo/headline combination which gives the appearance of a joyful reaction to the news that JFK had been assassinated.


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#1 Comment By Paul Sarna On 11/09/2013 @ 12:41 am

Hard to believe that they published a photo like this, under those circumstances, with President Kennedy absent from it.
The Journal American published at least two November 22nd editions like this. The first being “Kennedy Shot – Badly Wounded” which the article was just a paragraph that fused the initial UPI and AP wire reports together. I guess good for them for cranking out editions like that when so many important newspapers like The New York Times, Washington Post and Dallas Morning News had “gone to bed” for the day.