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(Studio) House considering legislature to shield reporters from forced disclosures of confidential information and news sources.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Argument concerns unused tapes and notes and confidential sources. [Senator Alan CRANSTON - says wants absolute law shielding reporters and feels reporters agree.] [Attorney General Richard KLEINDIENST - says reporters should be careful about such legislature] [Representative C. WHALEN - says favors qualified protection law. Info. could be forced only under certain conditions.] [Representative River KASTENMEIER - says reporters don't trust guidelines because these can be changed from administration to administration] [KLEINDIENST - says guidelines good.] [New York "Times" reporter Earl CALDWELL - says present law makes reporters timid.] [Representative KASTENMEIER - says feels Congress will pass strong shield law of some kind.] [CRANSTON - feels bad bill or no bill will pass.] television news networks favor absolute shield law. Newsmen interviewed all favor shield law.
REPORTER: Bruce Morton
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Morton, Bruce
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