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Freedom of Press / Senate Study #213381

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 19, 1971
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(Studio) Senate sub-committee on freedom of press hears both sides of argument.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Representative William Springer says he would have liked to see case against CBS documentary, "The Selling of the Pentagon" go to Supreme Court [SPRINGER - says ought to prevent more falsification of news films. Congress influence has been constructive in broadcasting.] Springer says even CBS admitted errors in documentary. CBS President Richard South Salant says CBS made no admission because not guilty of charges. Salant says Federal Communications Commission ruled editing decisions were matters of journalistic judgment; CBS had fulfilled responsibility under Fairness Doctrine. 2nd witness, anchorman David Brinkley, saw no conspiracy either way. [BRINKLEY - says rampant political bias charged doesn't exist, although we've made mistakes. Biased opinion is 1 you don't agree with; must be doing something right if both sides accuse us of bias.]
REPORTER: George Herman

Cronkite, Walter;
Herman, George

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