Larry’s Luncheon Challenge

By Larry Larsen
Multimedia Editor


You’ll find the following as part of my contribution to the current Week in Media feature. As the suggestion of one of my editors, I’ve broadened this challenge from “comprehensive article” to conversation in the feedback area. If you have ideas for coverage of this issue — the historical context of domestic spying approved by the White House — please add them to the feedback area attached to this item. Depending on what develops, we’ll explore some virtual luncheon possibilities.


I’ll buy a nice lunch for the first journalist who can write a comprehensive article that explains to me the difference between the warrantless domestic spying of the Bush administration compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Clinton adminstration, compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Reagan administration (ruled legal by a Federal appeals court), compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Carter administration (how do you think they caught Billy with a quarter-million of Libya’s money?), compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Ford administration, compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Nixon administration, compared to the warrantless domestic spying of the Johnson adminstration, compared to the domestic spying of the Kennedy administration, compared to the warrantless domestic spying that began under the Truman administration.

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