Nos. 88-7066, 88-7078.

877 F.2d 1010 (1989)

SOUTHERN AIR TRANSPORT, INC., Appellant/Cross-Appellee, v. AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC., et al., Appellees/Cross-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit.

Decided June 23, 1989.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

David M. Kirstein, with whom Robert M. Beckman and Pierre Murphy, Washington, D.C., were on the brief, for appellant/cross-appellee Southern Air Transport, Inc.

Max O. Truitt, Jr., with whom John Payton and Stephen W. Preston, Washington, D.C., were on the brief, for appellees/cross-appellants ABC, Inc., et al.

Before MIKVA, BUCKLEY, and D.H. GINSBURG, Circuit Judges.

Opinion for the court filed by Circuit Judge BUCKLEY.

BUCKLEY, Circuit Judge:

Southern Air Transport alleges that an American Broadcasting Companies television report created the false and defamatory impression that Southern Air had acted in partnership with the government of South Africa in an illegal operation to supply arms to insurrectionary forces in Nicaragua. The district court found that because all the statements regarding Southern Air in the challenged...

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