CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 09, 1984
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(Studio) Opening of General William Westmoreland's libel suit against CBS before Judge Pierre Leval reported; films shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Implications of Westmoreland's suit for individual rights versus freedom of the press examined; his allegations concerning "The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception" documentary reviewed. [September 13, 1982, WESTMORELAND - claims he could have been court-martialed if documentary was true.] [1983, WESTMORELAND - defs. his military career; accuses network of trying to destroy him.] [CBS attorney David BOlES - is confident of winning.] [Harvard law school spokesperson Arthur MILLER - believes journalists have right to subject public officials to intense scrutiny.] [Richard ALLEN - accuses media of getting away with murder.] Allen's former role in Reagan cabinet recalled. ["New York Times" columnist Anthony LEWIS - thinks public office holders must be prepared for scrutiny; quotes Harry Truman; fears criticism of public policy will be chilled if Westmoreland wins; explains.] [ALLEN - considers Lewis' remark "pusillanimous baloney."] [Attorney Dan BURT - thinks client's suit against CBS is question of accountability.] [BOIES - responds.] Soc. and legal questions of trial noted.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg