× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Space Shuttle Secrecy #534988

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 19, 1984
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws. For any such use, please visit NBC NEWS Archives XPRESS.

(Studio) Reagan administration reaction to "Washington Post's" publication of allegedly secret information on upcoming military mission of space shuttle noted; NBC mentioned withholding information at request of Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Spy satellite scheduled for deployment by shuttle and role in collecting information on USSR discussed; sophistication of satellite explained, illustrated on screen. [Institution for Policy Studies analyst William ARKIN - acknowledges importance of launch.] Defense Department's rationale for secrecy outlined on screen.
REPORTER: Fred Francis

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(DC) Reaction to Post's publication of information and issue of media's role discussed; NBC and AP, possessing same information several weeks ago, said agreeing to suppress information at request of Weinberger. [NBC News president Lawrence GROSSMAN - defs. network's decision.] [Arkansas vice president Walter MEIRS - agrees.] "Aviation Week and Space Technology", possessing same info., said deciding on its own not to print story. "Post" editor Benjamin Bradlee's defense of publication quoted on screen. [Admiral Gene LaROQUE (ret.) - agrees with Bradlee.] [Senator Patrick LEAHY - disagrees; explains.] [WEINBERGER - considers "Post" action irresponsible.] Pentagon mentioned investigating source of leak.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

Brokaw, Tom;
Francis, Fred;
Hager, Robert

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.