NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 14, 1972
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(Studio) Admin. tries to force Surgeon General Jesse Steinfeld out of office. Is also professional director of FDA.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Department of Health, Education and Welfare officials try expulsion of Steinfeld, but he refuses to resign. Admin. tries to dump him as he is only mom-political appointee among HEW officials. He was not invited to celebration of US-USSR joint research announcement, though he instigated move. He resists pressure from tobacco industry to ease anti-smoking campaign; and from detergent industry on phosphate controversy. Says television violence isn't detrimental, favors eliminating jail terms for marijuana users, and broader national health insurance program.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen