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Westmoreland Libel Suit #293788

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 11, 1984
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(Studio) Opening arguments in General William Westmoreland's libel suit against CBS, stemming from documentary "The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception", outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NYC) Westmoreland and attorney Dan. Burt said focusing case on techniques used by CBS in making documentary as well as end result; Burt's use of CBS interview with former intelligence ofr. Gaines Hawkins cited as example [In "The Uncounted Enemy", HAWKINS - claims figs. were "crap."] [Segment not broadcast, HAWKINS - claims old figs. provided by South Vietnam were "crap."] Interview by Mike Wallace of former aide to Lyndon Johnson, Walt Rostow, noted not used in broadcast [ROSTOW - warns Wallace he will do damage to cntry.] Argument of CBS attorney David Boies outlined. [ROSTOW - acknowledges ignorance of issue.] Legal issues at question in trial considered.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg Artist: Howard Brodie

Engberg, Eric;
Rather, Dan

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