Press: It Was the Best I Could Get

After a five-month libel trial, Westmoreland settles with CBS

The retired general held his head high for the 200 reporters and photographers at his press conference at Manhattan's Harley Hotel last week. Pale and tired-looking but firm of voice, he claimed victory in his $120 million libel suit against CBS. Although William Westmoreland had withdrawn his case and had won no money, no vindication by a jury and no retraction, he said that a joint statement issued by him and the network had provided the affirmation of his honor that he had sought. The statement said, in part, "CBS respects General Westmoreland's long and faithful service to his country and...

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