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Equal Time / Florida / California #198008

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 02, 1968
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(Studio) Report of federal equal time law's point in nominee for county tax collector's campaign.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Panama City, Florida) When "Today" Show cut away from, local announcer missing so his opponent could get equal time. Film shown of George Logue Junior and his remarks. [LOGUE - says must stand by law or law will perish. Cites self, Wallace and Daley as some who stood by law.] Logue awarded air time equal to exposure of regular anchorman. Even though he never mentioned Pols. on air, Don Brookins fired after 25 years in broadcasting because stn. would have to keep giving Logue equal time. [BROOKINS - says doesn't think Federal Communications Commission ever saw situation like this arising. If a person can win by appearance, only fair way to have election is for candidates to announce and retire to Okefenokee Swamp.] Decision raises questions for future campaigns. Examples cited.
REPORTER: John Laurence

(Studio) Some California stations stopped showing old Ronald Reagan movies during his race for Governor
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Laurence, John

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