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TWA 847 Hijacking #304301

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 21, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced.; technical difficulties acknowledged. Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) 847 hostage James Palmer, Senior, said allegedly given medical checkup at Beirut hospital due to heart condition; details given. Second news conference with some hostages featured. [Dr. Arthur TOGA - sends message to wife.]
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Dallas, Texas) President Reagan's continued effort to downplay Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) hostage crisis examined; films shown. Question of Shiite leader Nabih Berri's ability to control full extent of hostage crisis noted; Reagan mentioned denying pressuring Israel to bow to terrorists' demands. [State Department spokesperson Bernard KALB - reports Prime Min. Shimon Peres' phone call to Secretary of State George Shultz today.] President said meeting in Texas with families of hostages Allyn Conwell and others. [REAGAN - condemns recent spate of terrorist attacks.] [Ron CONWELL, Roger LITTLE - comment on mtg. with President]
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) Israel's dilemma in meeting terrorists' demands explained; Peres and for. minister Yitzhak Shamir quoted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Beirut, Lebanon) Shiite demonstration in support of terrorists here, reminiscent of Iranian hostage crisis, examined; films shown. Hizballah Shiite terrorists, backed by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, noted responsible for hijacking of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) flight 847 before turning over custody of most hostages to Shiite leader Nabih Berri. Focus of anti-United States, anti-Israel demonstration discussed.
REPORTER: Bill Redeker

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(New York City) Media's role in terrorism examined; films shown. [Columbia Univ. spokesperson Fred FRIENDLY - notes significance of recent press conference with TWA 847 hostages and their captors; feels media and President are taken hostage by Mideast gangsters setting the agenda.] [Henry KISSINGER - thinks media should consider blackout on terrorists.] [James SCHLESINGER - cites need for national consensus on issue.] Govt. censorship of Grenada invasion and Israel's use of press during Lebanon invasion recalled. [Israeli ambassador to United Nations Benjamin NETANYAHU - questions giving terrorists' airtime as legitimatizing them.] Hostage families' differing perceptions of media outlined. [Family MBR. - praises press.]

Rather, Dan;
Redeker, Bill;
Simon, Bob;
Stahl, Lesley

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