CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 08, 1985
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(Studio) "Wall Street Journal" reported claiming conservative group led by Senator Jesse Helms is preparing more aggressive assault on CBS than originally thought, details given.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(NYC) Group's effort to gain control of CBS stock examined. [January 18, WOMAN - intros. Helms as "new chairperson of CBS board"; mentions Bill Paley.] Letter by Helms and organization Fairness in Media quoted on screen. [HELMS - accuses reporters of rudeness, lack of credibility.] [CBS board chairperson Thomas WYMAN - cites need for journalists to remain independent of political control.] CBS stock activity since January 10 graphed on screen. [Cliff OVERCASH - accuses media of bias.] [Reverend John DANIELS - notes Helms accuses media of slanting news when it doesn't agree with him.] [Broker Charles WADKINS - hopes to profit from situation.] [American Conservative Union spokesperson David KEENE - thinks CBS should be concerned; ests response to Helms' efforts.] Hypothetical outcome of stock purchase graphed on screen, discussed. Howard Hughes recalled dropping plan to control ABC due to complexity of such deals. [Media analyst Tony HOFFMAN - doesn't believe Helms' suggestion was meant to be taken at face value.] [HELMS - won't predict success or failure.]
REPORTER: Ray Brady