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Licensed Newsmen / Subpoenas #208541

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 04, 1970
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(Studio) Dr. Walter Menninger, psychiatrist, suggests newsmen be required to meet professional standards as lawyers and doctors.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Menninger spent last year studying news media and relation to violence, suggests reporters be licensed. [MENNINGER - said other professions require licensing.]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) President of AP's Managing Editors Association, Gilbert Smith, says a license never made a doctor good nor competent. Menninger refers to 4th estate as. guardian of free society; many see that role threatened, due to subpoenas, after newsmen's information not broadcast or published.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) Reporters get much more on story than news prints; some off record information not intended for publication. Subpoenas generating controversy between journalists and lawyers. [J. Anthony LUCAS - said his notebook sacred; would not let prosecutor get near it.] [Edward HANRAHAN - said doesn't understand why anyone not anxious to provide information to see system works as well as possible.] Television executives argue against subpoenas they call fishing expeditions. [Robert FERRANTE - said recommends for his company and other colleagues to destroy all old tapes within 12 hrs. of broadcast.] Newsmen object to disclosure of confidential sources. [Mike ROYKO - said will go to jail rather than reveal sources.] Subpoenas continue to pour in. [J. Anthony LUCAS - says doesn't see why defendant will grant him interview when he may have to testify against him, using material off the record.] [Edward HANRAHAN - said reporters make good witnesses.] [Francis ANDREW - says if man going to jail and newsmen has information that can change outcome, then doesn't have right to withhold info.] [Emmett DEDMON - says courts issued subpoenas, when reporters go out, not rpting. to editor, but state attorney's. office.] Large news organizations preparing to fight subpoenas in courts
REPORTER: Ike Pappas Artist: Howard Brodie

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike;
Schieffer, Bob
Duration:
00:08:10

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