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Special (Reporting Terrorism) #492702

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 18, 1977
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(Studio) Differing views and uncertainties involved in rpting. terrorist acts noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) (Scenes of various recent terrorist incidents shown.) Terrorists desire for publicity cited; actions by terrorists in Ohio and Indianapolis, IN, given as exs. United Nations ambassador Andrew Young wants media to play down stories. [YOUNG - says it's advertising to neurotics.] Feeling in news media is against censorship, but 3 networks now rethink problem. [CBS News president Richard SALANT - cites problems in rpting. terrorist events.] Ex. of rethinking concerns practice of phoning terrorists, then broadcasting full or edited conversations, include demands. Concerns expressed by NBC News president Richard Wald, ABC News president William Sheehan and CBS officials on phone call issue cited. Competition at local news level to cover events noted. Washington, DC police deputy chief Arthur DiGENNARO - says calls can be dangerous and put hostages lives in jeopardy.] Some of press search for restraints in covering terrorism.
REPORTER: Catherine Mackin

(Studio) Comment on NBC policy with regard to coverage of such incidents, with regard to reporters' vs. talk show hosts' involvement in coverage. Ex. of incident in DC siege cited as example
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Mackin, Catherine

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