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Swaggart / Step-Down #319906

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Feb 21, 1988
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(Studio: Susan Spencer) Report introduced.

(Baton Rouge: Bruce Hall) Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart reported stepping down from church pulpit in wake of his confession of sexual misconduct. [Voice of SWAGGART -says takes the blame, has sinned and asks forgiveness from congregation.] Congregation shown. [SWAGGART - talks to TV evangelists.] [PARISHIONERS - comment.] Assemblies of God church mentioned; scenes shown of Swaggart preaching.

(Studio: Susan Spencer) Report introduced.

(Studio: Richard Roth) Television evangelism featured; details given, scenes shown of various mins. [Sociologist Jeffrey HADDEN - says it is difficult for followers who have sent money to trust television ministry now.] Resignation of Jim Bakker from PTL recalled; Oral Roberts fund-raising incident recalled; scenes shown. Jerry Falwell's response to Swaggart story noted. [Syndicated columnist Cal THOMAS - comments.] Impact of story on president pols. detailed. [Pat ROBERTSON - says has no thoughts on Swaggart.] Stmt. by political analyst that Robertson must distance self from television evangelism reported

Hall, Bruce;
Roth, Richard;
Spencer, Susan

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