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Lance Affair / Media Coverage #254265

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 22, 1977
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(Studio) president Carter begins search for new OMB director and Bert Lance goes home to Calhoun, Georgia, for long wkend.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Lance appears relaxed as he leaves Washington, DC house in morning. [LANCE - feels fine.] After meeting with attorney, Lance says resignation decision was right; is asked with regard to future. [LANCE - isn't concerned about it; thinks things work for best; is at peace.] [WOMAN - tells Lance she has confidence in him and that he's good-looking.] [LANCE - thanks her; says it makes him feel good.] Neighbors and friends visit, leave notes and flowers; in afternoon, LaBelle Lance visits neighbors and nearby Methodist Church, before she and husband leave for Georgia. [Mrs. LANCE - will be back.] Though they go to Georgia on plane of old friend, OMB says Lance paid for flight home.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin

(Calhoun, Georgia) Report on welcoming rally for Bert and LaBelle Lance in Calhoun, Georgia. [LANCE - says there are no words or way to show townspeople what they mean to him and wife.]
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

(Studio) Comments of Lance in letter of resignation, with regard to controversy, and of pres. Carter in press conf., with regard to media treatment of it, noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) (Films shown.) [Senator Abraham RIBICOFF - says Lance has been smeared; he thinks unfairly.] Ribicoff made that statement in July; in September, he said he was wrong. Others continue to maintain news media struck down Lance. Remark of Senator James Allen noted. [Senator Sam NUNN - thinks media could do self-examination with regard to role in matter. Won't disagree with reporter who asks if he thinks Lance hounded from office.] Report on media coverage of Lance, from confirmation in January through resignation. ["Washington "("DC) post" ombudsman Charles SEIB - says Lance story in recent weeks may have been overplayed slightly, but marginally.] Coverage of remarks by Senators Ribicoff and Charles percy noted. Most observers say coverage more difficult now, in aftermath of Watergate, Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein and rage for investigative rpting. Some say it's good. [Author Alan BARTH - thinks American people have been well-served by it; this is real function of free press.] Consensus is that more of public officials' private lives are public's business [LANCE - tells reporters to take care of selves.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton

Cronkite, Walter;
Morton, Bruce;
Schakne, Robert;
Serafin, Barry

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