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Grenada Invasion / Aftermath #81399

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 28, 1983
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(Studio) Govt.'s censorship of media's coverage of United States invasion of Grenada noted leading to criticism of Reagan administration
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Off Grenada) Reporter's experience in trying to reach Grenada following invasion examined; films shown. Navy's reaction described, shown.
REPORTER: Steve Shepard

(Studio) National debate noted continuing on administration's censorship of Grenada events.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Extent of government's censorship and duplicity with press concerning Grenada examined; films illustrating situation shown. "Washington Post" correspondent Ed Cody and others who managed to reach Grenada noted held incommunicado on Navy ship; nationwide criticism of administration's censorship tactics noted. [Defense Secretary Caspar WEINBERGER - claims concern for media's safety was deciding factor.] [General John VESSEY - cites need for surprise.] ["Time" magazine spokesperson Robert AJEMIAN - feels administration's tactics were shortsighted; explains.] [Undersecretary state political affairs Lawrence EAGLEBURGER - defs. administration's censorship.] Admin.'s censorship of Grenada invasion noted unprecedented; D-Day coverage without compromising secrecy cited as example Films of D-Day landing shown. No. reporters killed in El Salvador said illustrating United States government's opposite stance regarding admin.'s current claims of concern for reporters' safety; details given. Reporters recalled allowed in with British task force during Falklands war despite that government's tight control of coverage. [Former Pentagon spokesperson Henry CATTO - feels administration's censorship was serious mistake that will eventually harm President Reagan.] ["Miami Herald" executive editor Heath MERIWETHER - believes foundation of United States society is participatory public; explains.]
REPORTER: Jack Smith

(Studio) White House claims of public support for invasion outlined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Shepard, Steve;
Smith, Jack

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