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Equal Space Law / President, Politics #229511

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 19, 1973
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(Studio) Florida Supreme Court rules newspapers must provide basically the same equal time rules for pols. as those approved for TV.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Miami, Florida) "Miami Herald" sued last year by head of Teachers' Union because paper editorialized against him when running for legislature Pat Tornillo demanded equal space but was refused. Election lost. [TORNILLO - refers to 1913 Florida law which allows equal space in all newspapers for pol. candidates. Tornillo wants law revitalized.] ["Herald" manager Larry JINKS - believes law takes away newspaper's const. rights. If editorial page can't carry opinions, freedom of press jeopardized.] Jinks says paper to appeal ruling to Supreme Court If Supreme Court abides by state decision, pols. from all over country would be provided with equal space.

Mudd, Roger;
Rabel, Ed

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