Nixon-Era Probe Of Dan Schorr Uncovered A Great Reporter, FBI Files Show : The Two-Way In August 1971 the Nixon White House asked the FBI to do a background check on Daniel Schorr -- who at that time was annoying the administration because he was a hard-working, deep-digging, exposer of corruption and wrongdoing with CBS News.
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Nixon-Era Probe Of Dan Schorr Uncovered A Great Reporter, FBI Files Show

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AUDIE CORNISH, Host:

Now a postscript to the life of our late colleague Daniel Schorr. Dan died in July at the age of 93. He left behind a wife, two children and a distinguished career in journalism that spanned more than 70 years. He also left behind a 299-page FBI file, which was released today. NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

SONARI GLINTON: Daniel Schorr took pride in landing on President Richard Nixon's enemies list and being investigated by the FBI.

LISBETH SCHORR: But I also think it was mixed with some apprehension.

GLINTON: Lisbeth Schorr is Daniel Schorr's widow.

SCHORR: The fact that we lived very, very clean lives was really nice. But it still makes you a little uncomfortable not to know what is going to happen as a result of a federal government that was sort of out of control at that point.

GLINTON: Schorr's FBI file began long before the Nixon administration. It starts on July 31, 1942, with a memo from none other FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Hoover just asks for any information about Schorr, and there's only a paltry eight pages worth for nearly 30 years. It follows Schorr career as a correspondent for CBS news overseas and in Washington.

FBI: Schorr told NPR's Robert Siegel that he found it very unlikely that a he was going to get a job in the Nixon White House.

DANIEL SCHORR: I said, who me? I said it can't be. I don't know of any job that's anybody is considering for me in the Nixon White House.

GLINTON: The investigation which unfolds in the file in a somewhat bumbling fashion ultimately led to Schorr's place in history, in the Nixon impeachment.

SCHORR: When the Bill of Impeachment was drawn up, count two was abuse of governmental power, and under that was the unwarranted investigation of Daniel Schorr, CBS correspondent.

GLINTON: The file doesn't end at Watergate or Nixon's resignation. It keeps going until 1976, when Schorr sued to get the file. Sonari Glinton, NPR News Washington.

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