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TV role in politics
Congolese rebel executeLeMay rejects
By RICK PtRLOFF'
Professor Edgar Willis of. the
speech department proposed Mon-
day an open-ended debate not in-
volving reporters between presi-
dential candidates as one solution
to the ptoblem of distortion in
television coverage of campaign
Willis, speaking in Rackham
Ampitheater as the first in a series
"Six Evenings with a Professor",
talked to about forty' persons on
the topic "Television and the Vot-
Willis suggested that political.
PRAGUE (1) - Nearly 1,000
Czechs, and Slovaks appeared at
the Austrian embassy yesterday
applying for visas to leave their
Diplomatic sources said that)
was ,.nearly twice the number
that showed up Tuesday. The
increase was attributed in -art
to pessimism over the Czechoslo-
vak Communist party's Tuesday
communique foreshadowing a
cutback in ref ornms and -a. swing
back toward more Soviet-style
Party chief Alexander Dubcek
conferred with town and regional
0 Communist officials to :;explain
the communique and the com-
mitments he made last week in
Moscow. The commitments were
to meet Soviet terms for partial
withdrawal of 1 WarsavW Pact
troops occupying Czechoslovakia
since their invasion Aug. P0..
The communique showed that
Dubcek promised strict Commu-]
party direction of government
nist control of newspapers, radio
and televisionan Increase in'°
party direction of government
and a more pro-Soviet line bothf.
.i foreign policy and on the
part of all, Czechoslovak offi-
Several thousand Czechoslo-
vaks, many of them professional
people vacationing at the time of
the invasion, have remained out-
side the country trying to decide
Whether to emigrate or to return.
Some of those appearing at the
Austrian legation said they were
going pn long-planned trips.
advertisements be made illegal
since they are often too short and
general. He also proposed the polls
be opened for 24 hours straight"
with a blackout on television cov-
erage of the voting during that
time. When the polls closed, the
networks could then begin report-
ing election results.
With this system, Willis explain-
ed, voters could not be influenced
by election-day trends, thus elim-
inating any bandwagon effect.
Willis also criticized the meth-
ods used by the major networks in
reporting the national conventions
this summer. He specifically de-
graded the way in which commen-
tators interrupted delegates on the
floor and the lack of coverage,
during the less exciting speeches.
Willis' suggested that _television
covers everything, no matter how
dull it happened to, be..
"This may sound funny," he.
said, "but we have to use more TV
to combat the evils on TV." He
pointed out a number of evils in
,he current ways in which tele-
vision presents the news.
Willis' main criticism was
against the methods by which the
networks created news themselv-
es. The ever-impending arrivals
of President Johnson, or Edward
Kennefdy, at the Democrartic Na-
tional . Convention were examples
Willis gave of "created" news.
Willis also blasted the networks
for tryingto create interest and
controversy where it didn't exist.
He noted TV's portrayal of bad
guys against the good guys at
the convention in Chicago through,
the matching off of Daley vs Mc-
Carthy. Willis claimed that there
is an inherent danger in this em-
phasis on personal inages over
WASHINGTON UP)-The Sen-
ate voted a sweeping crackdown
on gun and ammunition sales
yesterday,, pointing thecnto
versial issue toward a fresh-and
probably final - fight in the
By voice vote, the Senate ap-
proved the broad-gauged com-
promise bill that would ban all
majl sales': of firearms and am-
munition' across state lines and
would require records on all over-
The House, which had calledj
earlier for exempting rifle and
shotgun ammunition from the
ban, is expected to 1 tackle the
EDITOR'S NOTE: Before he left
for his campaign trip to the West
Coast, Gen. Curtis LeMaywas in-
terviewed at length by an Associat-
ed Press writer. His report, ranging
over a number of issues, follows.
Gen. Curtis E. LeMay says that
neither in Vietnam "nor any place
else" does a situation exist right
now which calls for the use of
But George C. Wallace's running
mate declared in an interview,
"There is some place where
you're going to use nuclear weap-
ons," although "where it is I
"There will be a point where
you have to defend yourself," said
the 61-yearold retired Air Force
chief of staff.
LeMay said an all-out U.S. ef-
fort to win a military victory in
Vietnam would run "some risk-
that Red China might come in,
maybe the Russians even might
He expressed the view, however,
that the Red Chinese "haven't got
any weapons capabilities to do us
any damage anyway, at least not
now. Later on maybe yes. But
now they haven't."
The interview developed these
questions and answers:
Q. Gen'eral, you've seen in the
cities where you've appeared with
Gov. Wallace that you
A. Oh, yes, I expected that. I
knew it was going on buit I was
surprised at the amount of its that
was going on and the fact that
it's organized by groups that I
know to be Communist oriented.
Q. How do you know that,
A. I have more information
than a lot of people. True, I
haven't received any top secret
briefings for 3%/2 years now, since
I retired, but I remember, a lot
from back then and I remember
the names of sorie of these or-
ganizations. One of the things
that surprised me is, here we're
conducting a democratic process
and these people are trying to in-
terrupt it, using methods that
would put them in jail for dis-
turbing the peace just a short time
Q. General, you've said you con-'
sider a nuclear weapon as just
A. It's a weapon. A more power-
ful one, yes, than the other
Q. And that it would be foolish
to tell the enemy in advance
whether you intend to use them
A. Well, if you're going to sit in
a poker game with a bunch of card
sharks, and if you tell them 'i'
not going to bet $10 unless1
get four aces," or "I never bluff,.
or "I never draw to an ace-high
straight," I guarantee you -you'r
not going to make much money
in a poker game.
Q. Am I correct in saying tha
there are some situations in whici
you would conceivably use nuclea
: weapons but no such situation ex-
I ists in Vietnam now?
", A. Yes, nor any place else. There
is some place where you're going
to use nuclear weapons. Where it
e is I don't know. If you're walking
y down the street and somebody
starts molesting you, at what point
t are you going to use your fist? I
h can't tell you, you probably can't
r tell me either.
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firing squad has exec
Mulele. who led blood
tions in' eastern sect
Congo in 1961-64, theg
were reported to have
at a secret site about
Mulele was a 39-yea
ing- trained leftist ;wl
against the central
after serving as educa
ter in the Patrice Lu
gime, which took co:
71 le ader Pierre, Mulele
(/P) - A Belgium granted this African ter-
uted Pierre ritory independence in 1960.
y insurrec- A special military court had
ors of the sentenced Mulele to death for the
government 1961-64 rebellion after a 15-hour
The guns trial Tuesday, 10 days after he
felled him returned from exile in the neigh-
dawn. boring Congo Republic of Braz
ar-old Pek- zaville, under a presumed am-
ho turned nesty.
government Brazzaville broke off diploma-
tion minis- tic relations with the Congo last
mumba re- night in protest against the trial
ntrol when and execution.
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