The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, May 01, 1975, Page page 6, Image 6

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    "Thousands of leffers 'prompted Kennedy show
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"We got thousands of letters, I mean like 6,000
letters .which is an incredibly large amount of letters
for a segment that went on the air, in most places, at
20 minutes to one," he says.
"That interest and the fact that there are so many
unanswered questions as a public service we had to
do what we did. To just hit the topic and then run
away from it would have been really unconscionable
and certainly a violation of every sound journalistic
principle. Once we raised the issue we were really
bound, duty bound, to follow up on it and try to
answer some of these questions."
Because he plans only one show at a time, Rivera
says, he is not sure if he is going to devote another
show to the assassination.
"I don't want to be a morbid harpie," he says. "I
want to do something that is valuable and valuable to
society. I think people want that issue reopened and I
think that the Good Night America show is a vehicle
for getting that, for achieving that result."
Concrete evidence
Rivera says he just wants to wait and see what
happens. If any new evidence is found, he may plan a
sequel, but he will not show any evidence that is not
concrete. That is why he did not show two frames in
the Zapruder film one that supposedly shows a man
with a gun, the other supposedly showing a man
hiding behind a fence. The images, which are hard to
see in these two frames, have been used to suggest
that more than one man was involved in the
"That is very speculative," he says. "1 don't think
that you have to get into speculative areas to make
the point that the Warren Commission didn't do their
job. That was our point. There is so much hard
evidence, forensic evidence, physical evidence, that I
didn't want to get into speculative areas. I didn't
I think we clearly established
on that program that Lee Harvey Oswald was not
acting alone and we did it in a prudent, reasonable
and responsible way that nobody could deny, not
even Arlen Specter, who was the chief counsel of the
Warren Commission."
In preparing for the program, Rivera says, his staff
asked every living member of the Warren Commission
to appear in defense of the report. All refused.
Although he faced the possibility of being sued by
the Zapruder family for using the films, Rivera says
he had an easier time convincing ABC that he should
use them than Tom Snyder of the Tomorrow Show
did in trying to convince NBC.
Shortly after Snyder announced he was going to
get the films, Rivera says he talked to Snyder and
urged him to show the films, but the NBC lawyers
prevented him. The difference, Rivera says, lies in the
fact that Tomorrow is a network-produced show,
while Good Night America is produced by his own
In that sense, he says, the risk, the liability for law
suits and damages in that kind of situation rests, in
Good Night America's case, with Rivera and in
Tomorrow's case, with NBC.
"With Tom," he says, "the lawyers are in a
position to say 'it's our responsibility and we're not
willing to take the risk no matter what you say.' ABC
and their lawyers are not in that solid a position with,
me. "I don't want to make their lawyers sound like
henchmen either-they've got a job to do and I think
I can understand that. I mean, they're more
conservative than 1 am, but I think everyone at ABC
is more conservative than I am."
Victorian overlord
That conservativism perhaps is seen in the way
In ABC s "Victorian Km a oi ovenora in the
continuity and the Standards and Practices
In the size of the Good Night America's budget,
which "circumscribes the amount of the world"
Rivera and his staff can cover.
Rivera says he can understand the guiding
principle that led to the enactment of the fairness
doctrine: the need for the presentation of all points
of view.
"But sometimes," he says, "they really strain and
almost artificially create another point of view just to
have the appearance of balance and that's something I
really object to."
He also objects to the standards and practices he
has to follow, he says.
50s salute
"For instance," he says, "we can't say ass or none
of our guests can say ass unless it's referring to a
donkey. And I think that society and general societal
mores have run far past that now. It's kind of a silly
salute to the 50s."
But, given these three confines, Rivera says, he and
his staff try to do an activist job.
An activist job in devoting much time and energy
to a particular topic to "get a kind of comprehensive
overview of it and to present that idea to the
American oeople: what we're trying to do, the
problems we're trying to show."
An activist job in discovering the truth.
An activist job as journalists, because activism is
the main philosophy behind Rivera's journalism.
Advocacy and objectivity no longer are viable
words for describing journalism, he says-they have
been used so much they have lost their meanings.
Continued on p. 7.
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daily nebraskan
thursday, may , 1975