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NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 07, 1989
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(DC: Lisa Myers) Selection process of US' ambs. examined; details given, scenes shown of ambassador to Great Britain Henry Catto and film "Call Me Madame". President Bush's appointees reported more political and less qualified than those selected by past president [Senator Paul SARBANES - comments.] Ambassador to Italy, Peter Secchia, reported unqualified. ["La Repubblica" newspaper spokesperson Enricho FRANCESCHINI - says Seccia's profane speech is insulting.] [American For. Service Association spokesperson Theodore WILKINSON - says many appts. are undeserved.] Bush's appointees discussed; ambs. Joy Silverman, Melvin Sembler and Joseph Zappala cited as exs. of ambs. with poor qualifications. [State Department spokesperson Margaret TUTWILER - comments on situation.] [Former ambassador to USSR Malcolm TOON - comments.] Democrats noted suggesting that titles be auctioned to highest bidder.

Brokaw, Tom;
Myers, Lisa

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