NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 20, 1978
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(Studio) Resignation of President Carter's drug abuse assistant, Dr. Peter Bourne, in wake of controversy over prescription he has admitted writing for fictitious person, noted. Fictitious name was "Sarah Brown"; prescription rptdly. really for Bourne's assistant, Ellen Metsky.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Details surrounding Bourne's resignation and White House reaction to controversy given. Press Secretary Jody Powell's announcement of resignation noted.
REPORTER: John Dancy
(Studio) Bourne's statement about future plans given.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Background of Bourne affair involving fraudulent prescription for Metsky given; photograph shown. Prescription reported to be for Quaalude. Interview with Bourne, prior to resignation, shown. [BOURNE - says furor over incident wouldn't have been so great nor would there have been need for confidentiality in prescription name if he and Metsky didn't work at White House Discusses statements to police.] Reporter notes Bourne's prescription for Hamilton Jordan for controlled substance; asks why fictitious name not used then. [BOURNE - notes Jordan's difference in outlook on matter. Discusses his writing prescriptions for others on White House staff. Feels he made mistake, but not legal one.] Anticipates going back on White House staff.] Bourne's later resignation noted.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell
(Studio) Upcoming president press conference and coverage noted. Expected questioning with regard to Bourne affair and USSR dissident trials state. Special broadcast on Soviet dissidents reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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