NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 26, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Helsinki, Finland: Chris Wallace) Scenes shown from President Reagan's movie "Prisoners of War". President Reagan noted anti-Communist for many years; details given, scenes shown. [In 1947, REAGAN - testifies before House of Representatives' Un-American Activities Committee] Reagan quoted with regard to evils of communism [In 1955, REAGAN - raises funds for Radio-Free Europe.] [In 1964, REAGAN - attacks communism] Reagan noted viewing struggle with USSR as moral one when he became pres. [REAGAN - attacks USSR .] Reagan's military buildup discussed. Reagan reported changing rhetoric in 1984; details given. [REAGAN - discusses peace with USSR .] White House sources quoted with regard to Nancy Reagan's urging that husband cool anti-USSR rhetoric so he would be reelec. [In 1985, Nancy REAGAN - comments on husband's bad press.] Impact of USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev upon Reagan's views discussed. [Last week, REAGAN - calls Gorbachev his friend.] [Ex-assistant defense secretary Richard PERLE - warns of USSR 's hidden agenda.] Reagans noted seeking place in history. [Duke Univ. spokesperson James David BARBER - comments on Reagan.] Irony of Reagan's changing views discussed.