This program is 27 minutes long
(NYC: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.
(DC: Andrea Mitchell) White House concern that President Reagan's nomination of Robert Bork to the Supreme Court is threatened examined; network polls said indicating declining public support for Bork. [REAGAN - accuses Bork's critics of being ideologically inspired.] Press spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater's attack on television commercial featuring Gregory Peck said approved by Reagan; commercial shown. Fitzwater quoted on screen; King and Queen of Spain mentioned, shown. [REAGAN - thinks Peck was miscast; claims women's group he met with today support Bork.] [People for the American Way spokesperson Arthur KROPP - thinks administration is panicking.] [REAGAN - praises Bork's law-and-order decisions.] [Econ. Thomas SOWELL - believes blacks will lose with Bork.]
(Studio: Garrick Utley) "Washington Post" correspondent Bob Woodward, in book excerpted in "US News and World Report", said claiming death-bed confession to him by late CIA director William Casey on his role in diversion of Iran arms sale funds to Contras; details given.
(Studio: Garrick Utley) United States reported agreeing to United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar's continued efforts to reach cease-fire between Iran and Iraq after failing to win Sec. Council support for arms embargo against Iran. [Secretary State George SHULTZ - distrusts Iranian intentions.]
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.
(USS Hawes: Jim Miklaszewski) Planned demolition of captured Iranian minelaying ship reported; Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger's tour of region featured. Scenes shown. [WEINBERGER - announces plans to destroy Iranian ship.] Navy's location and destruction of Iranian mine described, shown. [WEINBERGER - mocks Iran's claim that seized mines were foodstuff.]
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Pentagon reported denying tapes of infrared surveillance of Iranian ship as it was laying mines; details given.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) China (PR) reported denying allegation that it's supplying Iran with silkworm missiles for use in Persian Gulf. [Premier ZHAO Ziyang - (thru translator) cites international market for such weapons, denies official policy of selling silkworm missiles to Iran.] China noted major arms suppliers to several international armies, include Contras.
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Halt to negotiations in NFL (National Football League) football strike announced. [Owners' representative Jack DONLAN, players' representative Gene UPSHAW - blame each other.]
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.
(DC: Bob Kur) Congress hearings on abuses in court guardianship system aimed primarily at the elderly and lack of legal protection for group examined; details given, scenes shown. Dorothy Restreppo's case cited as example [RESTREPPO - describes her ordeal.] [Minnie MONOFF, Tod PORTERFIELD - describe their experiences; question fairness of it all.] [Committee chairperson Representative Claude PEPPER - responds.] Pepper's call for uniform guardianship law mentioned.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) China's preparation for 21st century and implications of pol., economy and soc. changes underway considered; details given, scenes shown. Communist party's crackdown on student protests last year reviewed; Hu Yaobang, Deng Xiaoping's leading successor, noted toppled to appease conservatives. [Premier ZHAO Ziyang - (thru translator) discusses reforms scheduled for presentation to party congress and significance to China's reform movement, need to prevent chaos, education of youth in communist party Upcoming item announced.
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Peking, China, PR: Garrick Utley) Legacy of Mao Tse-tung's cultural revolution in China (PR) examined; pianist's (name given) parents cited as example [Mother FAN Zeng - recalls period.] Historical footage shown. [Former Red GUARD - (thru translator) recalls excitement over revolution.] [Writer XIAN Qian - notes cultural revolution was unprecedented in its cruelty, reign of terror, chaos.] China's history of upheaval noted. China's 20th century history reviewed. [Academy of Soc. Sciences spokesperson ZHAO Fusan - thinks Chinese will no longer be blindly led.] [FAN Zeng - feels cultural revolution is tragedy of cntry., not her's alone.] (Periodic audio/video disruption.)
(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Forbidden City's symbolic importance to China (PR) considered; scenes shown.