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Westmoreland / CBS Suit #94340

ABC Evening News for Monday, Feb 18, 1985
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(Studio) Background to General William Westmoreland's libel suit against CBS recalled; Westmoreland reported withdrawing suit.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(NYC) Westmoreland's decision to withdraw suit examined; joint statement quoted on screen. [WESTMORELAND, CBS Incorporated executive vice president Van Gordon SAUTER - both claim victory.] Focus of CBS' 1982 documentary described; scenes from "The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception" shown. Criticism of documentary by both "TV Guide" and CBS itself recalled. Westmoreland's witnesses noted include Robert McNamara and Walt Rostow; testimony of Westmoreland's former staff General Joseph McChristian and Colonel Gains Hawkins for CBS thought particularly devastating to his libel claims. Legal implications of their testimony considered. Westmoreland attorney Dan Burt mentioned, shown.
REPORTER: Jack Smith Artist: Freda Reiter

(Studio) [WESTMORELAND - explains his belief that he won case despite withdrawing suit.] [SAUTER - interprets Westmoreland's withdrawal, joint stmt.] [WESTMORELAND - rejects Sauter's perception; rationalizes libel suit in light of his remarks in joint statement] [SAUTER - comments on CBS internal investigation of documentary.] [WESTMORELAND - recalls his reaction to documentary.] "Nightline" announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Smith, Jack

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