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Campaign `72 / Republicans and President #21857

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 10, 1972
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(Studio) President News Secretary Ronald Ziegler says free press will not be target for criticism by Republicans in this campaign.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) Proposal to attack and discredit national press during political campaign ordered temporarily shelved by President White House consultant Chas. Colson advocated aggressive antimedia campaign. He was to organize flood of complaints, designed to appear spontaneous, directed at local television station managers and television networks. CBS reporter Dan Rather was proposed experimental target. 2 former newsmen now within administration, John Scali and Ken Clawson, argue against attacking press since McGovern gets critical coverage, too.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(DC) [Vice President Spiro T. AGNEW - says he doesn't find much to scream about. Says media has been fair and objective lately.]

Jarriel, Tom;
Smith, Howard K.

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