CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 02, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(DC: Bill Plante) "Washington Post" report on President Reagan's authorization for disinformation campaign against Libya's Colonel Muammar el- Kadhafi examined; details given, scenes shown. [Memorandum by national security adviser John Poindexter, published by newspaper today and not disputed by admin., quoted on screen. "Wall Street Journal "recalled quoting administration intelligence sources, picked up as well by rest of media. United Nations ambassador Vernon Walters mentioned. [Communications director Patrick BUCHANAN - denies administration has policy of disinformation.] President's reaction quoted on screen. [Intelligence expert Ray CLINE - considers idea inconceivable for US press.]
(NYC: Bob Schieffer) Poindexter's role in White House denial of invasion of Grenada as invasion was underway recalled. Implications of administration's deception considered. [Brookings Institution spokesperson Stephen HESS - notes disinformation is policy of totalitarian state.] [The Hastings Center spokesperson Bruce JENNINGS - agrees.] Allegations that Lyndon Johnson's administration lied about Gulf of Tonkin and discovery that CIA lied about Angola recalled. [Former national security council member Morton HALPERIN - cites implications for government's credibility.] [Eric SEVAREID - notes credibility is basis of democracy.]