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then a Congressional committee is going to move in. There'll be a real tug of war and it'll go to the Supreme Court. It's going to be a tough period for news, because you can fake the pictures, and people have always said, “Well, seeing is believing,” and if you can see it on the screen then it must be for real. Well, if you can manipulate that and take pictures that were done at one period in time or in one situation and put them together with another one where you can't see the seam, you don't know that there's been any alteration, well you can see the problems that that would raise in a political campaign, for example. You could damage your opponent very quickly by showing phony pictures. In fact, there was a period when somebody who was in the Senate [Millard Tyddings] was embarrassed by pictures showing him and Earl Browder, if that was his name, as a leading member of the Communist Party in this country in the campaign back I guess in the 1940s. A Baltimore paper I think ran a picture of a candidate and Browder, if I'm not mistaken, and they were put together from two different situations. The obvious conclusion for the ordinary person was: “Well, he must be pretty close to the Communist Party.” I've forgotten the man's name. I think he was defeated in that election. Whether that had much to do with it or not I don't know, but these things have gone on for a long time, but now that could be done on television and it would look like it just had to be there because you saw it with your own eyes.


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