Previous | Next
707708709710711712713714715716717718719720721722723724725726727728729730731732733734735736737738739740741742743744745746747748749750751752753754755 of 755
No, she was very strong. Somebody asked me not too long ago--I took a strong stand against
the “Selling of the Pentagon” situation.
[END TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE; BEGIN TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO]
I guess the executive vice-president of NBC was general counsel at NBC at the time
I was going through all this trouble with Congress. He's now writing a book about that
period and he came in to see me and said, you know, “The strong stand for the first
amendment and your very courageous effort on behalf of free speech--where did that come
from?” I know exactly where it came from. It came from a conversation with Ruth.
That's so interesting. Can you locate the particular--You mean all the conversations you
had together, or in particular--a particular conversation? Are you talking about the selling of
the Pentagon issue?
And she was the one--
She was the one who alerted me--I came home one night late from the office, or
from some pro bono thing, walked into her dressing room where she was working--because
she was always in there at night--the television set was on and she said, “You'd better pay
attention to what's on the air because it's going to cause you a lot of trouble.” That was about
a quarter of eleven--the broadcast was on from 10:00 to 11:00. I said I knew it was on the
schedule but I hadn't read the script. So I went in and stayed with it to the end of the
© 2006 Columbia University
Libraries | Oral History
Research Office | Rights and
Permissions | Help