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WRAL-TV
VIEWPOINT
Channel 5 Raleigh, N.C.
An Editorial Expression of the Voice of Free Enterprise
William P. Cheshire, Editorial Director
[stamped] Sam J. Ervin, Jr. RECEIVED May 24 1973 Washington DC 20510

#2819-5/17/73

We are departing from our customary procedure to bring you a message
of importance from Mr. A.J. Fletcher, Chairman of the Board and Chief
Executive Officer of capital broadcasting Company. Now, here is Mr.
Fletcher:

I would like to give a word of warning to our listeners
and to all others who may be interested in the subject of this editorial.
I refer to the Watergate.

It must be evident to everyone that the effort is no longer directed
toward convicting the individuals who did the burglarizing of the
Democratic headquarters. That has become a side issue. The main effort
at the present time is directed toward involving President Nixon personally.

Let me say right here that I do not condone what was done buy a handful
of former employees of the White House or campaign workers for the
Republican Party. Frankly, I think it was the stupidest political gimmick
ever employed by supposedly intelligent men. But there is something more
involved in it then what punishment these criminals will receive after all
the hearsay evidence has been reduced to cold facts and judgment rendered
in a court of competent jurisdiction.

These men, if convicted, should be given proper punishment, but the
whole matter has developed principally in the liberal newspapers and
magazines of the country in pursuance of an objective far removed from
punishment of the criminals. They are out to get President Nixon.

Right here, let me say, lies the danger involved in the efforts being
made to link the President with the knowledge beforehand of the Watergate
occurence, and if not that, then to identify him with an effort to cover
up the burglary after it had been committted.

The President's enemies will undoubtedly depend on Mr. John Dean,
the President's fired attorney, to connect Pres. Nixon with the effort
to suppress news of the Watergate which would thus minimize the publicity
attendant upon the exposition of such a weird happening. If it should
appear that the President had anything to do with suppressing information
or keeping public reports in conformity with the truth, there are many
whose concern for the public welfare would prompted them to be sympathetic
to the President's efforts, if indeed such efforts were made, to head off

begin footer This station's editorials are solely the responsibility of the owners and are voiced by our Editorial
Director, William P. Cheshire, after an editorial board has agreed upon their contents.

A.J. Fletcher, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer, Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.
(Operator of WRAL-TV, WRAL-FM, and Tobacco Radio Network, Inc.) end footer

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This appears to be a duplicate of page 3, without the "received" stamp.