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Media / Agnew Criticism / New York / Washington, DC / FCC #3097

ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 21, 1969
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(Studio) Vice President Spiro Agnew's speech criticizing news media touches off floor debate. Senator Thomas Dodd calls for inquiry into power of press. Senator Mike Mansfield says time for Vice President to lower voice. Vice President charges growing monopolization of vehicles of public information Singles out "WA Post" and "New York Times."
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Montgomery, Alabama) [Vice President Spiro AGNEW - cites holdings of "WA Post" all grinding out same editorial line. Immunity from criticism over for network commentators and "New York Times."]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(Studio) Vice President says when criticism unjust, editors to be invited down from ivory towers to enjoy public debate.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(NYC) "New York Times" considered national newspaper; 3rd largest circulation. Says never sought immunity from criticism.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(DC) "DC Post" reaches Washington, DC leaders Owns television and radio station and Newsweek magazine. "Post" endorsed Haynsworth nomination; WTOP did not. Company spokesperson says "Newsweek" and "Post" "fight like hell."
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) Federal Communications Commission says newsmen's response to President' Vietnam speech protected by Const. and no Federal response needed in answer to complaint.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Peterson, Roger;
Smith, Howard K.

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