Switch by CBS from Bush speech called an 'insult'


The NAACP took issue with CBS News yesterday after the network cut away from a presidential speech paying tribute to black American military heroes to show footage from the Persian Gulf war.

The Rev. Benjamin L. Hooks, executive director of the Baltimore-based civil rights organization, issued a statement calling the switch an "insult.

"Our switchboard has been literally jammed with telephone calls from across the country, from parents and relatives, many of them close to tears, who felt CBS erred," he said. CBS News received about 80 calls of protest yesterday, according to Tom Goodman, director of communications, who said the network had no "intention to slight anyone."

Mr. Goodman said the network had included the president's remarks as part of a larger CBS report on the latest developments in the gulf.

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