Even to this day, the thought that a president could put the FBI on the trail of a journalist because he didn’t like the reporting sends shivers up the spines of rational people.
That shiver today comes from fbi.gov, which today released the Nixon-ordered probe into journalist Daniel Schorr. The White House justified the use of the FBI by contending it was considering an appointment for Schorr. That, of course, was a lie.
The documents released today contend the FBI dropped the investigation as soon as it realized what was going on. But, even so, many of the names were removed from the documents. We may never know for sure everyone who was involved in the use of a government agency to harass a legitimate reporter:
Mark Memmott, at NPR’s Two Way Blog, says the investigation found out that Schorr was a hell of a reporter.