ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 06, 1978
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(Studio) Report on forthcoming book on Watergate by H.R. Haldeman, to be called "The Ends of Power."
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(NYC) Details of secret printing of book given. Leaks noted. Report in "New York" magazine with regard to Haldeman's charge that Richard Nixon erased 18 1/2mins. of tape and identification of former deputy White House cnsl. Fred Fielding as "Washington (DC) Post's" source known as "Deep Throat" detailed. Fielding's reaction to report noted; Nixon's denial of tape erasure in interviews with David Frost cited. Film of interview shown. [NIXON - never saw or touched tape.] ABC News investigator's report that some of Haldeman's statements in book could be deductions rather than proven fact and New York Times Book Company editor Thomas Lipscomb's refusal to comment on this reported. [LIPSCOMB - says Haldeman discusses tape erasure and Watergate break-in, among other things. Thinks it was difficult period and this is reason for many best sellers on it.] Secrecy surrounding publication of Haldeman book compared to that surrounding publication of William Manchester's "Death of a President", which gave Kennedy family's version of events surrounding assassination of John F. Kennedy.
REPORTER: John Martin
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