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ERIC Number: EJ788877
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Apr-28
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
FBI Attempt to Screen Archive Prompts Fears: Journalist's Family Wants to Block Search of Papers Held by University
Carlson, Scott
Chronicle of Higher Education, v52 n34 pA1 Apr 2006
During his life and career as a muckraking journalist in Washington, Jack Anderson cultivated secret sources throughout the halls of government--sources who passed on information that allowed Anderson to investigate and write about Watergate, CIA assassination schemes, and countless scandals. His syndicated column, Washington Merry-Go-Round, earned him the enmity of the corrupt and powerful--so much so that during the Watergate years, associates of Nixon had discussed assassinating the columnist. They never went through with the plot. Anderson died in December at the age of 83. His archive, some 200 boxes now being held by George Washington University's library, could be a trove of information about state secrets, dirty dealings, political maneuverings, and old-fashioned investigative journalism, open for historians and up-and-coming reporters to see. But the government wants to see the documents before anyone else. This article reports on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's interest to examine the Anderson archive which caused outrage among members of the Anderson family and has stoked the fears of librarians and academics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Washington