NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 22, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(DC) Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's apparent threats against "Washington Post" reporter Milton Coleman who disclosed Jesse Jackson's anti-Semitic remarks recalled. [Voice of FARRAKHAN - will make example of Coleman by punishing him with death; remarks transcribed on screen.] Farrakhan's later denial that his remarks were threat to Coleman noted. [FARRAKHAN - claims press took remarks out of context.] Extent of death threats and hate mail received by Coleman since Farrakhan's statement noted; "Post" editor Ben Bradlee and reporter Ron White said also receive threatening mail. Letters to Bradlee and White, quoted on screen, said signed by man identifying himself as Black Muslim. Farrakhan's history of making threatening stmts. examined; "Chicago Daily News" reporter Ben Holman's undercover work on Black Muslims in 1960s noted. [HOLMAN - recalls Farrakhan's urging of crowd to kill Holman on the spot.] "New York Times" reporter Paul Delaney's series on crime in Black Muslim community in 1973 recalled. [DELANEY - took Farrakhan's castigation of him in "Mohammad Speaks" as threats.] Justice Department noted warning Delaney of Black Muslim's efforts to kill him. Black Muslim James Price reported arrested for and later confessing to murder of rival Black Muslim sect members in 1974; his agreement to testify against co-defs. and later refusal after hearing Farrakhan's radio broadcast threatening him reviewed. Farrakhan's remarks quoted on screen. [Federal marshal Ed FARLEY - recalls Price's reaction to hearing Farrakhan's threat.] [Former federal prosecutor John EVANS - remembers Price's refusal to testify due to fear.] Price's murder by co-defs. and another Black Muslim while in prison noted.
REPORTER: Jamie Gangel
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