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Campaign `78 / Georgia Racist Ads / Federal Communications Commission Regulations Issue #258952

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 27, 1978
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(Studio) Report on revival of openly racist campaign in South by Georgia gubernatorial candidate.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Atlanta, Georgia) Georgia television stations' report that federal government forces them to run ads in which gubernatorial candidate uses language offensive to blacks noted. TV ad for J.B. Stoner's campaign played; television station's announcement of federal prohibitions on censorship of candidates also played. Stoner's campaign against Governor George Busbee detailed. TV stations' blame of Federal Communications Commission for their inability to edit commercials or practice selective ad sales to candidates cited; difference in rules for newspapers mentioned. Georgia NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) president, State Senator Julian Bond's threat to strike back by broadcasting 7 vulgar words forbidden by Federal Communications Commission reported [BOND - wants Federal Communications Commission to list "nigger" among words not to be broadcast or some Georgia candidate will be found to buy television time and broadcast "7 dirty words" forbidden by FCC.] [STONER - comments on use of word "nigger"; notes its use in television show "Roots." Mentions Jews and blacks.] NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) plans to sue Federal Communications Commission over issue outlined; other Federal Communications Commission critics' views stated. [Anti-Defamation League spokesperson Charles WITTENSTEIN - comments on situation.] [Federal Communications Commission spokesperson Milton GROSS - states Commission stand and own restrictions in censorship.]
REPORTER: John Sheahan


(Studio) Report on rejection by leaders of largest postal workers union of contract with Postal Service; their vote to submit contract to rank and file vote mentioned. New York City local vote plans noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Mudd, Roger;
Sheahan, John

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