After the Settlement

Jon Wiener

in Gimme Some Truth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520216464
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924543 | DOI:
After the Settlement

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Media coverage of the settlement of the Lennon FBI files case was extensive. Most newspapers and TV reports led with the parrot story. The FBI said that the FOIA required the bureau to release raw information from its files, which was collected during an earlier era when different concerns drove the FBI, the U.S. government, the news media, and public sentiment. This was the first time the FBI had publicity suggested that they lacked a legitimate law enforcement purpose in their surveillance of Lennon during that earlier era. The Tampa Tribune ran an editorial headlined “Keep Politics out of the IRS and FBI,” in which they called the original surveillance of Lennon an example of “political abuses of police powers,” and cited the parrot trained to say “right on.” The editorial advocated that the case illustrated the disturbing extent to which federal agencies keep secrets from the American people.

Keywords: settlement; news media; newspapers; Tampa Tribune; parrot story

Chapter.  3301 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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