CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 18, 1972
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(Studio) Congress committee opens hearings on possible staging of television news.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Most witnesses before Marley Stagger's Interstate and For. Commerce Subcommittee are television technicians. Lead-off witness is owner of dynamite store who claims he and young man hired by CBS, staged phony dynamite sale for cameras. Witness Jack Reynolds, CBS soundman, backs up testimony of store owner. Reynolds tells acting committee cnsl. Daniel Minelli, he had complained to reporter on job about what they were filming. CBS film cameraman Tom McKinley, who filmed dynamite scene, says story on young people drinking pop wine was partially staged. Former CBS reporter Bill Stout says story on hitchhikers include shot of his daughter thumbing a ride, staged. Technician Roy Gardner accuses Walter Cronkite and CBS news Vice President Gordon Manning of restaging speech by IN Governor Roger Brannigan in 1968. CBS news President Richard Salant says staging violates CBS news policy and reporter has been suspended.
REPORTER: Marya McLaughlin Artist: Howard Brodie