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Ptl Controversy #315472

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 28, 1987
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Fort Mill, SC: Bruce Hall) Decision of PTL chairperson Jerry Falwell and board in action against evangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker as sex and money scandal surrounding them and PTL widens featured; details given, scenes shown. [FALWELL - claims distress.] Resignation of PTL president Richard Dortch and board's halt to further payments to Jessica Hahn in exchange for her silence on relationship with Bakker noted. [PTL attorney Roy GRUTMAN - claims Hahn violated agreement.] [HAHN - claims she's a victim; wants scandal to halt.] Payments to Hahn said coming from PTL organization, not Bakker. [FALWELL - explains board's decision not to act on latest allegations against Bakker by evangelist John Ankerberg.] [Tammy BAKKER - claims husband will make statement soon.]

(Los Angeles, California: Jerry Bowen) Expected economy impact of PTL scandal on television evangelism examined; details given, scenes shown. [FALWELL - expects ministries to suffer.] Falwell said denying former student's allegation that he diverted church funds; former supporter of Robert Schuller noted accusing Schuller of faking picture of himself atop great Wall of China. [Reverend Tim WAISANEN - doesn't believe Baby Boom generation will tolerate lack of accountability.] Aimee Semple McPherson's staging of own kidnapping to cover-up sexual escapade recalled; historical footage shown. Oral Roberts' combination of evangelism and fundraising described. [Author Jeffrey HADDEN - expects funds to dry up for television evangelists now.] [Religious historian Martin MARTY - thinks most sensationalistic groups will suffer most.] [FALWELL - promises to clean up the act.]

Bowen, Jerry;
Hall, Bruce;
Rather, Dan

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