NBC's Pete Williams broke the story of an arrest in the 1964 murders of a pair of Mississippi teenagers yesterday. Formal charges against James Seale, aged 71, a reputed former Klansman and retired deputy sheriff, for kidnapping the two black students, Henry Dee and Charles Moore, attracted the attention of all three networks. They all credited investigative journalism with helping break the case.
On ABC's A Closer Look, Pierre Thomas (subscription required) gave credit to his own network's 20/20 magazine that tracked down Seale in 2000 in a story by Connie Chung, in which she interviewed a former KKK Imperial Wizard turned FBI informant. CBS sent Randall Pinkston to Mississippi where he tipped his hat to "the enterprising work of a local reporter," Jerry Mitchell of The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson. Pinkston and NBC's Williams also cited the investigation of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Neither CBS nor NBC mentioned ABC and ABC did not mention CBC.
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