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(Studio: Dan Rather) Contradictions in President Reagan's handling of Colonel Oliver North's role in Iran arms scandal and potential profit for North in affair explained.
(DC: Bruce Morton) Move to turn North into national hero examined; scenes shown. [Naval academy classmate H. Keith HAINES - feels North personifies academy.] President's praise of him as hero recalled. [White House communications director Patrick BUCHANAN - praises North for bilking Ayatollah Khomeini.] [HAINES - explains his fundraising efforts on North's behalf.] [Representative Tom LANTOS - offers to help financial some of North's legal expenses.] [TV producer David WOLPER - cites potential econs. involved.] G. Gordon Liddy's successful exploitation of his Watergate conviction, include role in "Miami Vice", cited as example [Howard BAKER - feels North, while archetypical Marine colonel, may have destroyed President Reagan.]
- Morton, Bruce;
- Rather, Dan
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