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Special Assignment (Watergate: 15 Years Later) #109756

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 17, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Comparison of Iran/Contra affair with Watergate noted; today reported Watergate scandal's 15th anniversary.

(DC: Barry Serafin) Post-Watergate lives of John Dean, H.R. Haldeman, Jeb South Magruder, Charles Colson, John Ehrlichman, G. Gordon Liddy, Richard Nixon, Senator Dan. Inouye examined; background to scandal reviewed. Scenes shown. [During hearings, Senator Sam ERVIN - notes breakin's implications for American democracy.] [PEOPLE - express ignorance as to who Haldeman, Colson, Dean are.] [Prof. James David BARBER - notes current generation's ignorance about Watergate.] [During hearings, DEAN - refers to "cancer on the Presidency."] [COLSON - explains Watergate's impact on him.] Scenes from "Super Password" featuring Liddy shown courtesy Mark Goodson Productions. [LIDDY - attacks Dean, Magruder.] [NIXON - intends to outlive his adversaries.] Deaths of prosecutor Leon Jaworski and Ervin noted. [INOUYE - believes current Iran/Contra scandal is more profound than Watergate; explains.] [MAGRUDER - considers similarities with Watergate.] [COLSON - feels same scenario is being repeated.] [LIDDY - praises Iran/Contra witnesses' opposition to Congress; considers latter making fools of themselves.]

Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry

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