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Freedom of Press / Burch / Johnson #454372

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 20, 1971
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(Studio) Federal Communications Commission chairperson, Dean Burch, takes issue with CBS President, who cites fed. conspiracy to intimidate network television news. Burch says Dr. Frank Stanton's theory won't wash. Burch and Federal Communications Commission commissioner, Nicholas Johnson appear before Senator Sam. J. Ervin, Junior's subcommittee on freedom of press.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) [BURCH - says when evidence exists of news slant or error, Federal Communications Commission acts to protect public interest. No government agency should try to authenticate news. Federal Communications Commission will shun censor's role. Govt. intervention worse than possible rigging.] [JOHNSON - cites networks' opposition to cable television and public's efforts to gain access to own stations through court They want us to do away with Fairness Doctrine internally inconsistent policy. What are their motives?]
REPORTER: No reporter given

Chancellor, John

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