Richard Serrano has a great story in today’s LA Times about former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover‘s obsession with Times Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Jack Nelson throughout the early 1970′s. Hoover heard Nelson was planned on outing him as gay, and spent his later years (and who knows what kind of FBI resources) compiling a dossier on the reporter and his editors. Hoover even used to slander Nelson in the margins of departmental memos.
From the Times:
“Nelson is a mental case,” Hoover wrote on one memo.
“He is a rat,” he scrawled on another.
“A lice-covered ferret.”