NBC led with a London update from Jim Maceda on the continuing captivity of Britons in Iran. The UN Security Council voted to register "grave concern" over Iran's decision not to release the 15. It turns out that the phrase does not amount to much, diplomatically speaking. Britain wanted stronger language but that was "watered down" after objections by Russia and China. ABC mentioned the Security Council vote only in passing. On CBS, David Martin's spook sources told him that there is "chaos in Teheran about what to do with the hostages." The sailors and marines are not being held captive by the government proper but by the militant Revolutionary Guard--"and that is bad news."
The Revolutionary Guard released videotape of its capture of the Britons on Friday. The video served as a cautionary lesson in the dangers of relying on computer animation to depict events. CBS' graphics department got carried away, imagining armored Iranian gunships towering over helpless British sailors for Allen Pizzey's Friday narration. The actual video revealed mere speedboats with outboard motors.
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