ABC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 20, 1984
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(Studio) Situations sparking trials against news media summarized. Trials noted involving William Westmoreland, CBS; Ariel Sharon, "Time" magazine.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(NYC) Westmoreland trial as of holiday recess time recapped. Scenes shown. Mike Wallace shown being questioned by reporters [Former "Time" correspondent Richard CLURMAN - assesses significance of Westmoreland versus CBS.] ["New York Times" Myron FARBER - disagrees that other media are involved in Westmoreland case.] [CLURMAN - explains reporters' approach to trial.] [NBC News Bob JAMIESON - denies drawing value judgments.] [On street, PEDESTRIAN - calls Westmoreland a warmonger.] [To Westmoreland, WOMAN - says she loves Westmoreland, hates CBS.] Role of public opinion noted. ["Philadelphia Inquirer" David ZUCCHINO - says public may rule differently from jury.] Both sides said using media to shape public opinion. Press relations expert noted hired by CBS. [Journalism scholar Fred FRIENDLY - defines significance of trial.]
REPORTER: Jack Smith Artist: Freda Reiter
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