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Media Coverage of Terrorists

July 11, 1985

There has been a lot of criticism of TV networks and newspaper reporters about coverage of the Beirut hostage situation. Some within the Administration have objected, stating that the media were endangering their private negotiations with the terrorists. Maybe so, but I haven't heard anyone yet say that the coverage abetted and probably accelerated the release of the hostages.

In my opinion the media coverage, watched by millions throughout the world, put pressure on our government to do something--and to do it as soon as possible.

It is my hope that the media continue to apply pressure by persistent coverage of the plight of the seven still held in Lebanon.

R. CHRISTENSEN

San Pedro

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