NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 20, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Robert Hager) Resignation of Jim Bakker from PTL empire over sex scandal on heels of wife Tammy's admitted drug abuse examined; details given, scenes shown. Extent of their religious empire noted. [Recently, Tammy BAKKER - claims ignorance regarding mixing drugs.] "Charlotte Observer's" report on Jim Bakker's blackmail payments outlined on screen. [Recently, courtesy Christian Bdcst. Network, Jim BAKKER - recalls trauma of his and wife's separation.] [Courtesy "700 Club", new PTL head Jerry FALWELL - prays for Bakker family.] Size of Falwell's empire with PTL added described. [Prof. James PRICE - thinks Falwell's takeover of PTL is more entrepreneurial than religious; cites Falwell's quest for power.]
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