NBC Evening News for Friday, Feb 17, 1978
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(Studio) Comments with regard to H.R. Haldeman's new book, made on NBC's "Today" program by "Washington (DC) Post" reporter Robert Woodward, quoted; Woodward noted as reporter who, along with colleague Carl Bernstein, uncovered much of Watergate scandal. Charges against "Post" about release date on Haldeman material, made on "Today" show by "New York (New York) Times" spokesperson E. Clifton Daniel, noted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(NYC) Times Books, subsidiary of New York (New York) Times Company, noted as publisher of Haldeman book. Details given with regard to early leak of information from book by "Post" and contracts held by other newspapers and "Newsweek" magazine to print excerpts from book. Also outlined is question of how "Post" got info.; is noted attention focused on "Post" "Style" section reporter Nancy Collins. [Times Company executive Vice President Sydney GRUSON - thinks "Post" sent people, among them Nancy Collins, to printing plant area and that these people got about 2/3 of book.] Statements made by employees of Sheraton Inn in Scranton, Pennsylvania, site of Haldeman book printing, with regard to presence of Nancy Collins at Inn for several days detailed. [GRUSON - says it wasn't difficult to get book.] "Times" editorial planned with regard to "Post" actions noted.
REPORTER: Robert Hager
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