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Commentary (Political Amoral Pragmatism) #22482

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 19, 1972
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(Studio) Role of television news anchorman explained. Disgust for such situations as wheat-deal story expressed. Identified feeling with other instances during Nixon administration, which emphasizes adherence to law but shows moral insensitivity, shamelessness. Said traditional aura of Richard Nixon's political career devoid of talk with regard to principles in politics. Carswell appointment; Watergate case; wheat deal recalled. Quick-footed defensiveness noted, but no outrage. Amoral pragmatism said handy for reestablishment of relations with USSR , P.R. China; but not inspiring of confidence. Attitude said symbolized by piece of pipe from Laos incursion misrepresented by Pentagon. Secretary Defense Melvin Laird said not bothered by expose. Unblushing ldrshp. questioned.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry

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