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Vietnam / Atrocity Proof #209901

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 21, 1970
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(Studio) White House tries to discredit CBS news for revealing American undercover of Vietnam atrocity; newspaper reporters publish criticism for White House, demand proof of atrocity and claim it was faked; proof follows.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Trang Bang, South Vietnam) [RERUN OF CBS FILM SHOWN 6 MOS. AGO.] Wounded North Vietnam prisoner stabbed; Pentagon claims film fraud; says helicopter markings not for combat, man may have been dead already; film reports refute Pentagon accusations; South Vietnam soldier who stabbed prisoner named Soldier of Year 1970; tough man. [American OFR. - says South Vietnam sergeant good soldier, good interrogator.] Admits stabbing, claims prisoner reached for rifle; American advisers present.
REPORTER: Don Webster

(Studio) CBS gave Pentagon broadcast info., not private sources; story showed nature of war and Pentagon action reveals government relationship to news media's disagreeable stories.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Webster, Don

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