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Alistair Cooke's report on the assassination

John Simkin

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The Guardian is putting all past editions online. The published a sample of these papers in the Guardian last week. This included Alistair Cooke's original report on the assassination of JFK. A reader, Michael Daly of Sunbury, Middlesex, pointed out an error in the original article:

According to Alistair Cooke's report on President Kennedy's assassination (November 9), both Robert and Edward Kennedy made their way to Dallas on hearing of their brother's death. In fact neither left the capital. Who knows whether history would have been changed had Robert Kennedy, then attorney general, been able to get to Dallas immediately following the assassination. Surely he would have prevented the hasty and illegal removal of the president's body from Parkland hospital and ensured a proper autopsy was undertaken. Would the hasty inauguration of Lyndon Johnson aboard Air Force One at Dallas airport have taken place? Johnson was back in Washington, as president, before Kennedy could do anything.

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