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Government Secrecy and News Management by the Government, 1961-1971

From the government docs stacks, Government secrecy and news management by the government 1961-1971: A selected bibliography was compiled by Ms. Lynne Kennedy, Legislative Reference Service, Library of Congress, for Rep. William S. Moorhead (August 5, 1971). The bibliography is a research jewel that offers a rare look into government secrecy via books, government hearings, and periodical articles published during the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations.  The Legislative Reference Service (LRS) was the precursor to the Congressional Research Service.

In her correspondence to Moorhead, Kennedy writes the bibliography includes “selected references to material on subjects related to the Freedom of Information Act such as secrecy in government, right to know, news management, the credibility gap, and so forth.” News management is explained by Kennedy as “government restrictions on the dissemination of information to the press and the public” (p.1).

I’m not sure of the context in which Moorhead requested the bibliography from LRS, but his commitment to freedom of information is evident in his sponsorship of information rights-related legislation as a U.S. Congress member and service on the House Committee for Government Operations (which worked closely with the Foreign Operations and Government Information Subcommittee, chaired by John E. Moss). It interesting to conjecture if the bibliography was used by the House Committee in its U.S. Government information policies and practices–the Pentagon Papers (Hearings before a subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, 92nd Congress, 1st & 2nd session[s], House Committee on Government Operations, Foreign Operations and Government Information Subcommittee, 1971-72; SuDoc Y 4.G 74/7:In 3/12/).

View the bib here.


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May 13, 2011 at 12:09 am