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Whistleblowers #252788

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 23, 1977
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(Studio) "Whistleblower" is Washington, DC term for government employee who goes to press or Congress and says something's not right in his department Ex. is former Pentagon employee Ernest Fitzgerald, fired for revealing cost overruns on C-5A cargo plane.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [Senator William PROXMIRE - says it's been found depts. do best to demote or fire whistleblowers.] [FITZGERALD - says it's impossible to tell truth with regard to bureaucracy and get away with it. Quotes Admiral Hyman Rickover.] Another example is Dr. John Nestor, transferred in FDA (Food and Drug Administration) from job as member of group deciding on safe drugs. Nestor says he was transferred for refusing to be soft on drug industry [NESTOR - lists others it's happened to; says pattern same.] Stanley Mazalevski was fired by Public Health Service from job at National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, because, he says, he went public with regard to cancer-causing chemicals in industry [MAZALEVSKI - cites problems he had due to action.] Sheila Hershaw who works for government employees' newspaper, "Federal Times", says problem is real. [HERSHAW - says there's no punishment in government for those who mess up, but is for those who point it out.] Candidate Jimmy Carter opposed such practices in speech in Alexandria, Virginia, in October 1976. Mazalevski has written President Carter 3 times. [MAZALEVSKI - has had no word from White House] [PROXMIRE - says President must make position, of reward for people finding and rpting. wrongdoing in government, clear to proper people.] Civil Service Commission chief says legislature will be needed and plans to suggest some in coming mos. Meanwhile, other government workers get moral from situation. [HERSHAW - asks why should 1 point out wrongs if last person who did isn't in department now and that's why.] [MAZALEVSKI - notes programs for Vietnam vets and USSR dissidents, but

Cronkite, Walter

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