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Hunger / Meese Statement #288423

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 09, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Reaction to remarks of Edwin Meese implying that hunger not only didn't exist in serious sense in United States but that those taking advantage of soup kitchens do so because food is free rather than because they're destitute, examined. [Courtesy UPI, voice of MEESE - believes soup kitchen participants could pay for meal; claims administration has demonstrated its concern.] His comment implying claims of hungry children in US aren't substantiated quoted on screen. [Soup kitchen director Juanita EGBERT - notes extent of homeless, hungry.] Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' response to Meese's comment outlined on screen. [Gary HART, Representative Thomas O'NEILL - respond to incident.] Pol. insensitivity of Meese's remark considered.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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