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May 9, 1986

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Page 2 Bellevue Community College Opinion May 9, 1986 I Editorial NBC "deal" Last Monday, NBC news aired an interview with Mohammed Abbas, secretary-general of the terrorist Palestine Liberation Front. Abbas, who is also known by several aliases, is believed to have masterminded the hijacking of the Achille Lauro and is under U.S. indictment for the murder of American Leon Klinghoffer. NBC conducted the interview on Abbas's condition that his whereabouts not be revealed. In the interview, Abbas promised terrorist attacks against Americans and called President Reagan "enemy No. 1." The State Department has accused the network of being an accomplice of terrorism. The charge is not far from the mark. Terrorism feeds on publicity. Those parties and countries which embrace terror use the deaths and maimings of innocents to broadcast their hatred and desperation. NBC claims that Abbas is a newsmaker and that Americans deserve to know Abbas's side of the question. This is undeniably true. ( 5oPgoT;ALLY CltY A O I .K ..... ) However, the public's right to know does not outweigh the obligation  ' TT  of news organizations to act ethically when gathering their information, t:2 ] [ AT U...: II KDI: g,oes t,o Washington C. reporter vtew.s politics from the rtght ' cli7 ohf lAnSd:rsontnr,:lco liiumS gnsVernment  " by Kola Lawal After Somoza was 'replaced and the Sandinistas came to power Anderson was invited to Nicaragua. Anderson also reported on Iran under the former Shah. He said the Shah was a puppet of the U.S. under President Carter. Anderson also attacked Ayatollah Kho- meini, the Iranian religious leader. The reporter said Khomeini is under payroll of the KGB. He said the KGB paid Khomeini to overthrow the Shah. Anderson said Khomeini used children to clear mine fields. The reporter told the student to expose any misuse of public funds without exception. "'I want to know what Pres. Reagan is doing, not what his press secretary tells me," said Anderson. Anderson said students should always provide evidence to support their findings. Advocate staff Foreigners think President Reagan is simplistic and dumb, said Jack Anderson, investigative reporter, who spoke at the National Student Conference on Investig- ative Journalism in Washington, D.C. last month. Anderson said Reagan created this negative image because of unfavorable foreign policies in the Middle East and Central America. Anderson's newspaper column takes the president and other foreign leaders to task. Anderson said he reported the corrup- tion in Nicaragua under the leadership of former President Somoza. These reports exposed Somoza's government causing strikes in the poor people's community. Somoza cancelled his interview with the U.S. media because he learned Anderson would be present. Anderson said Somoza I FREE oF QLLIEP 1"o TF.ACI.I poUT" j-. _ IF eoUlTfe'5 Bs CPS "i#