NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 14, 1978
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(Studio) Final report in series on Synanon. Recap of previous reports given; last report is on organization's attitude toward criticism.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Marin Cnty., California) [Synanon founder Chuck DEDERICH - says media is biggest thing that has held Synanon back.] Org.'s conflict with ABC affiliate KGO-TV in San Francisco and with ABC as corporation outlined. Statements by Synanon members Sid Finkelstein and Matt Rand to ABC board chairperson Leonard Goldenson, at recent stkholders. meeting, reported; photos shown. Synanon attempts to intimidate NBC crew members during filming for report though producer Pat Lynch and crew weren't on organization's property. [MEN - talk to Lynch.] [LYNCH - speaks to men.] Synanon's reactions to NBC filming described. Synanon attorney Howard Garfield's presentation to Marin Cnty. board of supervisors with regard to NBC filming outlined. [GARFIELD - says group doesn't allow entertainers on property. Quotes line from movie "Network".] "Time" magazine's position as most recent target of Synanon lawsuit and demonstrations reported; Synanon's interruption of "Time" stkholders. meeting recently mentioned. Film shown. [MAN - speaks about Time's reports on Synanon.] "Time" article on Synanon outlined. [Time, Incorporated, board chairperson Andrew HEISKELL - says some staffers have recd. letters implying threats; notes security precautions taken.] Dederich's statement to rpting. team that there might be violent reprisals reported December 28, 1977, interview shown. [DEDERICH - says bombs could be thrown into homes of highly placed "Time" employees. Wouldn't institute such behavior, but has no way of preventing it. Says it's "Time" organization's problem if they consider that threat; thinks it's decent of him to warn them.] Other details given about preparations for reports on Synanon and information discovered during research; Synanon members continued refusal to be interviewed noted.
REPORTER: Edwin Newman
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