Special Program: Brokaw and Clooney Remember JFK

May 01, 2013
Location: Walter and Leonore Annenberg Theater

Guests: Tom Brokaw and Nick Clooney

WASHINGTON — At a special program May 1 to mark the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's famous Cold War speech at American University and the opening of the Newseum's "JFK" exhibit, NBC News's Tom Brokaw and legendary journalist Nick Clooney discussed Kennedy's presidency before a sold-out audience.

The program, "JFK Remembered," was sponsored in partnership with the American University School of Communication, where Clooney is the Newseum and American University School of Communication distinguished journalist-in-residence.

Kennedy's speech, "A Strategy of Peace," was given in 1963. Brokaw and Clooney discussed the speech and also offered insight into today's media landscape, noting that Kennedy was the first president to hold a live televised press conference and used the media to his advantage.

As Brokaw recalled, the Kennedy administration was tough on the press but was generally well-liked for the amount of access journalists received.

Both Clooney and Brokaw noted that the plethora of news has made the public more empowered than ever before.

"If you're not a couch potato anymore, you can really be an informed citizen," Brokaw said.

The journalists added that it is still the duty of a good citizen to actively seek out opportunities to read the news.

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