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'Integrity vs. a Man's Life'

August 28, 1987

I find the decision made by Capra, with management's backing, completely unbelievable and outrageous.

To possibly place the life of a human being--whether he be an on-air personality or employee in any capacity--on the line for the sake of so-called "integrity" in a newscast is beyond comprehension.

I've worked as a reporter in the print media and as a radio reporter/newscaster in Los Angeles and as a radio news director. Discussions concerning hostage situations were held many times. Fortunately, at the places I worked, the consensus always favored a person's life, whether it be a newsman or any person held hostage by a "crazy" demanding to be heard on the air.

Capra admitted he is not certain Horowitz "ever will" understand the decision to place the station first. I don't understand either, nor will I ever. And I'm certain many others, including those in the media, question the morality of the decision. We, however, are members of the human race.

DALE VAN AMAN

Glendale

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