NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 24, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(DC: Robert Hager) Growing civil war between television evangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker, Oral Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, Jerry Falwell over Jim Bakker's affair with secretary Jessica Hahn in the past and Tammy Bakker's drug problems examined; details given, scenes shown. [HAHN - declines comment.] [Bakker's attorney Roy GRUTMAN -accuses Swaggart of orchestrating Bakker's ouster.] [ROBERTS - accuses Swaggart of being in "unholy alliance" and sowing discord.] [SWAGGART - denies attempt to take over PTL empire; criticizes Bakker's lack of morality.] Assemblies of God officials' assessment of Bakker's downfall noted. [Gloryland Bible College spokesperson Dr. Wayne MILLER - explains opposition to Falwell's takeover of PTL.] [Sociologist Jeffrey HADDEN - cites potential harm to television evangelism industry]
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