Friday, February 27, 2009

Bill Moyers Confesses He Asked FBI To Spy

In Slate, in response to Jack Shafer's articles about FBI investigations of Jack Valenti's sexuality (ht Edge):
More "tips" from the FBI followed. We in the White House were walking a very delicate line. Here was the director of the FBI, who at the time was lionized by the public, the press, and both political parties, informing the president of potentially explosive allegations from "anonymous informants" concerning members of his staff and administration. If we ignored them, we were leaving ourselves open to blackmail or possibly reprisals from Hoover himself, or both. We certainly could not afford another incident like the one with Walter. And so, yes, we did ask the FBI to follow up on a handful of these reports.