ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 21, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) [Wednesday, President REAGAN - claims Senator Jesse Helms' accusations that Martin Luther King, Junior was communist sympathizer will be verified or denied in 35 years.] Criticism of Reagan's remarks noted; his telephone call to Coretta Scott King today in effort to mollify critics discussed. Deputy press secretary Larry Speakes' statement outlined on screen. King's version of telephone call, differing from that of Speakes, cited. Former New Hampshire gov. Meldrim Thomson said urging President to veto King holiday legislature on grounds that King was immoral and communist-oriented; Reagan's reply to Thomson, agreeing with him, quoted on screen. [REAGAN - claims King accepted his apology.] President noted spending weekend at Augusta National Golf Club, which has no black members
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson