LETTER TO MEG GREENFIELD FROM GEORGE V. LAUDER RE MISREPRERSENTED CIA'S REASON

Created: 7/16/1985

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ms. meg greenfield editor of editorial page the washingtonh.

dear ms. greenfield:

in itsuly editorial entitled "cia and fcche washington post misrepresented to its readers cia's reason for filing its complaint with the fcc for redress against the american 8roadcast1ng corporation (abc).

the post'S question, "why has the cia brought this case at alletraction wasmplies that the agency's case was frivolous. the answer to the post'S question, as it wellas anyone who has read the agency's affidavitthat abc retracted only one of the many totally false accusations it broadcastts two-part series last fall. since abc refused cia's request that the network investigate and retract the many other falsehoodsonveyed to the american public, we asked help from the fcc. while the commission did not support our request, one fcc commissioner characterized the abc broadcast as "shoddy journalism." he added,hink the first amendment gives them (abc) the right to be wrong, but they shouldn't be wrong to the extent they are an embarrassment to the profession."

all we have asked of abchat its reporting be factually accurate and wheres not,uitable retraction be made. the agency and your other readers alsoight to expect that the post will not attempt to mislead the public as to the agency's reasons for seeking redress through the

fcc in this case.

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