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President / Government Pressure #226148

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 01, 1973
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(Studio) Watergate scandal incld. plan to tame and control press. Specific memo discussed.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) After meeting with 3 network heads, Charles Colson said networks afraid of White House action against slanted rpting. September 1970 memo from Colson to H.R. Haldeman outlined. Colson proposed plan involving Federal Communications Commission Chairperson Dean Burch giving interpretive ruling with regard to role of President when television used. Senator Lowell Weicker releases memos. [WEICKER - believes memos show dire importance of free press .3 Memos propose setting up press under government control.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) CBS board chairperson William Paley states Nixon administration's talks with management in no way affect rpting. methods of TV. CBS News President Richard Salant insists he was never made aware of administration pressure on CBS. This reporter, managing editor, confirms

Cronkite, Walter;
Stahl, Lesley

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