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Ptl Controversy #108811

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 26, 1987
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(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Lynchburg, Virginia: Karen Stone) PTL chairperson Jerry Falwell's reaction to latest allegations against former PTL head Jim Bakker, this time involving TV evangelist John Ankerberg's charge that Bakker frequented prostitutes and engaged homosexuals, noted; details given, scenes shown. [FALWELL - cites factors contributing to his possible resignation.] Econ. losses suffered by Falwell since PTL controversy first broke noted. [FALWELL - considers it a shameful mess.] [ANKERBERG - claims evidence against Bakker.] [Voice of Tammy BAKKER - reads husband's statement] Oral Roberts' support of Bakker quoted. [Jimmy SWAGGART - believes latest allegations against Bakker.] Falwell and PTL board said announcing findings this week

(Studio: Sam Donaldson) Report introduced.

(Greensboro, North Carolina: Al Dale) Econs. of television evangelism examined; details given, scenes shown. [Oral ROBERTS - claims God will kill him unless donations are sent.] [FALWELL - notes importance of direct mailings for his fundraising.] Annual amount raised by nation's top 10 television evangelists and primary target of such funds considered. Swaggart's operation cited as example [Reverend Happy LEE - condemns such ministers' exploitation of elderly.] [Sarah ANTHONY - displays exs. of mail solicitations sent by Falwell and others to her mother who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease.] Amt. Anthony's mother sent evangelists and her pending lawsuit noted. [FALWELL - defs. such tactics.]

Dale, Al;
Donaldson, Sam;
Stone, Karen

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