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Lance Armstrong goes to war with '60 Minutes'

Lance Armstrong is going to war with "60 Minutes," the celebrated CBS newsmagazine, over a report scheduled to air Sunday.

The segment features other cyclists saying they saw Armstrong inject himself with performance enhancing drugs. You can see one of them, Tyler Hamilton, saying that to CBS News correspondent Scott Pelley in the clip below from Sunday's show.

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Armstrong told Howard Kurtz, of The Daily Beast, that he had been misled by "60 Minutes," and as a result, would not agree to be interviewed. Kurtz also interviewed  Armstrong's lawyers and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, who is also the executive producer of "60 Minutes." Read Kurtz's piece here.

"We have been so thorough and fair to Lance Armstrong," Fager told Kurtz, adding: "We have shared with them every single allegation in our story… This is a PR game. Our reporters have done a first-class job."

I interviewed Pelley Friday morning for a piece scheduled to run in the Sunday print edition of the Sun. The focus of that piece involves him taking over as anchor and managing editor of the "CBS Evening News" on June 6 -- as well as offering an advance look at his commencement address at Towson University scheduled for May 25.

Pelley's reaction to Armstrong and his lawyers attacking "60 Minutes" over Sunday's report: "My only reaction to that, and you can quote me on this, is the following -- Sunday at 7, 6 central time. End quote."

That, of course, is when "60 Minutes" will air the report. The translation: The "60 Minutes" team, which has been on a terrific run of important journalism and Top-10 ratings again this season, is confident in its Armstorng report -- and will let the audience be the judge when it airs.

Please stop back and let us know what you think after you have seen the Sunday report. And also stop back tonight. I'll have a link up to an online version of my interview with Pelley, who looks to be one of the best things to happen to the "CBS Evening News" in a long time.

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