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December 5, 2002

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ABC Peter Jennings Journal
December 5, 2002


December 5, 2002

Good afternoon everyone.


I write from San Francisco this afternoon very briefly, because we're on deadline. And I am very sorry to say that the saddest news of the day for many of us in this news division is that our longtime leader, my mentor in many ways, Roone Arledge, died a short while ago after losing a long struggle with cancer. He fought so hard for so long. I was thinking a moment ago that two of his youngest correspondents (at one time ), Ted Koppel and I, are both on the road reporting today. I am in California and Ted is in Baghdad. We are two of the many who owe our careers to Arledge. We learned so much from him. He was well-known to millions of Americans because he brought so much innovation to television. At the end of World News Tonight, we will reminisce about an exciting life.

My colleague, Steve Alperin, who's in New York City, has a quick summary for the newsletter of the other stories we intend to cover.

Peter Jennings


As you probably know, there is major winter storm making life extremely difficult from Texas to Massachusetts today. We will attempt to explain how this kind of storm strong, but certainly not one of biblical proportions can manage to knock out electricity for nearly 2 million people, most of them in the Carolinas.

There is a public relations war going on between the United States and Iraq, and today Saddam Hussein went on the offensive. The Iraqi leader gave a televised address in which he asked his people to accept U.N. weapons inspections to prove to the world that Iraq has been slandered by American lies. Mr. Hussein called the U.S. government a debased, criminal hegemony. David Wright is in Baghdad.

We are also going to take a closer look tonight at why millions of Americans are about to lose their health insurance when they need it most and least expect it. About 25 million people in the country are retired but still rely on their former employer for health insurance. That is an enormous, multibillion-dollar burden for American business. As companies struggle to deal with the cost, a lot of people are finding themselves without coverage or with coverage they can't afford. Jackie Judd has this story.

Please join us tonight.



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ABC Peter Jennings Journal: December 5, 2002