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Special Assignment (AIDS: Facts and Fears) (Part III) #98618

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 25, 1985
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(Studio) ABC "News-Washington Post" poll findings on public's paranoia and ignorance about acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) outlined on screen, discussed. "New York Daily News" headline shown as example
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(NYC) Media's role in promoting AIDS hysteria examined; exs. shown. [Pat GOOhigh school - explains boycotting school with AIDS student.] [Jerry FALWELL - attributes AIDS to God's punishment of gays.] [Gay Men's Health Crisis spokesperson Richard DUNNE - notes general population is now experiencing what gays have gone through for past 4 years with AIDS.] [AIDS victim Victor BENDER - asks for President Reagan to act.] [REAGAN - acknowledges seriousness of disease.] [AIDS PATIENTS - describe their ordeal.]
REPORTER: Richard Threlkeld

(Studio) Part IV announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Threlkeld, Richard

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