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Gimme Some TruthThe John Lennon FBI Files$
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Jon Wiener

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520216464

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520216464.001.0001

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After the Settlement

After the Settlement

(p.92) 5 After the Settlement
Gimme Some Truth

Jon Wiener

University of California Press

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

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