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Schorr / Cong. Investigation / Intelligence Report Source #247963

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 15, 1976
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(Studio) CBS correspondent Dan. Schorr refuses to tell congress hearing source of secret Intelligence Committee report published in "Village Voice."
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Schorr's views of position in matter noted; Schorr says by 1st Amendment right, he doesn't have to reveal source. [SCHORR - says to betray source would dry up future sources for future reporters and though reporters would be immediate loser public would be ultimate loser. Makes personal statement on issue; says he cannot reveal source.] [Special cnsl. to House Ethics Committee John MARSHALL - asks Schorr to name source.] [SCHORR - declines to answer.] Schorr refuses to answer more than dozen times, despite warnings from committee chairperson Representative John Flynt with regard to possible contempt citation; argues against government efforts to control press. [SCHORR - says Constitution says 1 of purposes of press is to expose secrets of government, and it can't be done if press can only expose what government says it can.] If committee took vote now on whether or not to cite Schorr for contempt, motion would fail.
REPORTER: Marya McLaughlin

Cronkite, Walter;
McLaughlin, Marya

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