NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 10, 1969
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(Studio) Scientists accuse Department of Health, Education and Welfare of blacklisting 100s for unfair and vague reasons.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(DC) [Ex-FBI mbr., Department of Health, Education and Welfare Security Chief Frederick SCHMIDT - says file details scientist's background. Mbrship. in Communist Party and Ku Klux Klan considered adverse, as are arrests and convictions of homosexuality and other reasons.] [MIT Prof. Stephen CHAROVER - says Department of Health, Education and Welfare set up in Joe McCarthy's time when Congress studies made to cast discredit on certain individuals.] Feels he's been blacklisted for antiwar activities and trip to Cuba. [Assistant HEW Secretary Dr. Roger EGEBERG - says nothing in HEW, but scientist's worries remind me of McCarthy era.] Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Robert Finch assigns Schmidt, Egeberg, and 3 others to study charge.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen