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Campaign '88 / Bush / Rather Interview #112058

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 26, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Cheyenne, Wyoming: Carole Simpson) campaigning. in Wyoming by Vice President George Bush on days after his controversial interview with CBS' Dan Rather featured; details given, scenes shown of Bush at Wyoming HS. [BUSH - calls interview "tension city;" says wants no running fight with Rather.] [From interview, BUSH, RATHER - bicker about Iran/Contra affair.] Response to interview noted. [In Wyoming, BUSH - explains background to interview.] Impact of interview on Bush campaign mentioned. [Deputy campaign director Rich BOND - says "media mugging" will help Bush.] [ABC News political director Hal BRUNO - says issue strengthens Bush's image.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Support by President Reagan reported of Bush's contention that he might not have been present at time Secys. of State and Defense opposed Iran initiative; statement by Secretary of State George Shultz that Bush was present noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Impact of television interviews on previous president campaigns. noted; undermining of Senator Edward Kennedy's campaign by television interview cited.; recent case of media and Gary Hart noted. Report introduced.

(DC: Brit Hume) Last night's live interview of Bush by Rather featured. [RATHER -says tried to ask honest questions.] Scenes of interview shown courtesy of CBS News. Background report by Rather on Bush's role in supplying Contras detailed. [BUSH - accuses CBS of misrepresentation; asks Rather if he would like his career judged by Rather's 7-min. walk-off.] Exchanges between Rather and Bush and Rather's abrupt sign-off shown. Response by viewing audience to Rather interview detailed; statement by CBS Atlanta affiliate WAGA-TV head Paul Raymon quoted. [Cand. Alexander HAIG - says interview showed how obnoxious Rather is.] [Cand. Pierre Du PONT - says won't criticize Rather.] [CBS News executive producer Tom BETTAG - says Bush was not misled as to subject matter of interview.] Letter and statement from CBS producer Richard Cohen to Bush quoted on screen. Irony of issue helping Bush's cause mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Ever-present possibility of reporters and subjects mixing it up on television noted; "Nightline" mentioned.

Hume, Brit;
Jennings, Peter;
Simpson, Carole

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