Actress Jane Fonda on Friday (29 July) dismissed as absurd charges that she was a traitor because of her broadcasts over Hanoi radio, while she was visiting North Vietnam.
LV & CU INT (MUTE SHOT) Jane Fonda facing reporters (4 shots)
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SOUND STARTS: "I have tried...." Sound carried on over film with Fonda with American POW's from 44 feet to 74 feet.
SOUND ENDS: "....problems at home."
FONDA: "I have tried to get into South Vietnam and I have been refused. I have tried to get to INDISTINCT...and I have been refused. I'm not allowed on military bases. I have tried in every way I can to communicate with the soldiers. I didn't go to North Vietnam to talk over Radio Hanoi. I went there to prove with my own eyes if it was true that civilian targets were being b???mb???d; I went there to see with my own eyes if it's true that morale is, as is reported, very low--and I fond that it was total propaganda on the part of the Nixon administration. When I saw this I said I think that if I can tell the pilots what is happening, if I can describe to them the effects of their bombing--then I don't believe that they will continue. I don't think they know. And what these prisoners said to me confirms it. They said that they had...military targets. He said that they are told they're bombing to save the prisoners who are in military prisons there. But of, course the bombs are endangering their lives. I have completely...and it was proven true when I met these seven men who had ???n pilots and who have recognised what they did. As an American citizen, as a concerned American woman, and I said: 'Pl??? consider what you're doing. I know how hard it is when you've been through military training and you're told to fly up in the sky and you can't see what it is you're bombing. You don't see the faces of the people, you're just pushing buttons.' But--and this is what I want to communicate and this is what I said--I would no more tell the soldiers to defect, to go over to the Vietnamese. Why it's ???bsurd. I think we have enough problems at home."
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A transcript of part of Miss Fonda's statement at the press conference follows:
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Background: Actress Jane Fonda on Friday (29 July) dismissed as absurd charges that she was a traitor because of her broadcasts over Hanoi radio, while she was visiting North Vietnam.
The actress told a packed press conference in New York that her broadcasts consisted of appeals to U.S. pilots aboard carriers in the Gulf of Tonkin to stop bombing Vietnam.
Miss Fonda said that she would lay down her life for the defence of her own country and added "I believe that the people who are speaking out against the war are the patriots."