With the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination upon us the TV networks have pulled out all the stops with Kennedy related programming. On one side of the spectrum we had Rob Lowe’s portrayal of President Kennedy in the National Geographic movie “Killing Kennedy”. That film, based on the work of Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly, was a dramatic attempt to explain JFK’s place in history. On the other side is tonight’s PBS documentary titled “JFK: American Experience”.
Produced by WGBH, Boston’s legendary public broadcasting network, tonight’s show attempts to give viewers a new look at a man that think they know everything about already. The two part documentary kicks off tonight. Here’s the PBS preview for tonight’s show.
Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin’s bullet, Kennedy’s presidency long defied objective appraisal. Recent assessments have revealed an administration long on promise and vigor, and somewhat lacking in tangible accomplishment. His proposals for a tax cut and civil rights legislation, however, promised significant gains in the months before his assassination. While maturation, as evidenced in the handling of the Cuban missile crisis, was apparent, the potential legacy of the New Frontier will forever be left to speculation.
If you are looking for Oliver Stone type leaps then avoid tonight’s broadcast. Tonight’s broadcast will delve into the background of the Kennedy administration, and fill in the gaps most of us have about the three years Kennedy was our President. The preview promises a different President Kennedy than we’ve seen before.
All of the info about tonight’s brand new two part JFK documentary is below.
Date: Monday, November 11th
Episode Title: “JFK: American Experience”
Start Time: 9:00 p.m. ET
Online Stream: PBS.org