LETTER TO JAMES M. RAGSDALE FROM GEORGE V. LAUDER RE INCORRECT ASSUMPTIONS ABOU

Created: 8/2/1985

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Mr. Janes M. Ragsdale Editor

NEW BEDFORD STANDARD-TIMES

leasant Street

New Bedford, Massachusetts

Dear Mr. Ragsdale:

He recentlyopy of your5 editorial whichumber of incorrect assumptions about CIA's complaint to the Federal Communications Commission. Had you taken the time to look Into the subject, you would have known that our complaint had nothing to do with our "like" orl1ke" for the program. Ue objected to ABC's broadcasting an almost totally false story that accused the CIA of committing illegalities and 1npropr1et1es and after our protest retracting only one of the many falsehoods. The complaint makes clear that we were asking for an investigation and retraction of all^ the charges, not for punishment" of ABC.

I an enclosing for youropy of the petition for reconsideration that CIA filed with the FCC last Februaryopy of our public statement on the petition. The CIA takes seriously charges that It acts counter to the laws established to governnduch outrageous circumstances as the ABCto respond publicly to them. One wonders why you are so ready to believe that CIAngagedpetty vendetta" rather than to question how ABC couldtory that had been declared false not only by the CIA but by other Journalists and then refuse to correct the untruths.

Sincerely,

George V. Lauder Director, Public Affairs

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