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Freedom of Press #225490

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 03, 1973
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(s) Freedom of Info. Committee of American Society of Newspaper Editors says Nixon administration poses most serious threat to free press in modern history. 2 Florida television stations owned by Washington, DC "Post" Company ("Post" often critical of Nixon) facing license renewal fights. Leading challenge to Miami station WPLG-TV is man whose law partner, former Democratic Senator George Smathers, is close Nixon friend. Station WJXT-TV in Jacksonville, which uncovered Supreme Court nominee Harold Carswell's segregation record, being challenged by 3 groups. Heading 1 of groups is George Champion, Nixon campaign fund raiser in Florida.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Jacksonville, Florida) [License challenger George CHAMPION - says action not political.] [WJXT-TV Vice President and general manager Robert SCHELLENBERG - says surprised by challenge. Ownership of station same for 20 years WJXT has ntl. record for journalistic accomplishments. Is locally managed.]
REPORTER: David Dick

Dick, David;
Rather, Dan

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