Friday FOIA Fun: George Carlin, Redux

Last year, I wrote about the late George Carlin’s lack of an FBI file, having been told by the Bureau that “no records” on Carlin were located. So, imagine my surprise earlier this week when a large envelope showed up in the mail from the FBI, containing… George Carlin’s FBI file. It seems I’m not the only person the FBI originally lied to , for whatever reason. Once called on their mistake, it seems they fixed their “error” quite quickly, hence the sudden and unexpected appearance of a dozen pieces of paper.

Since nobody else seems to have made them public, here are the two most interesting documents concerning Carlin:

“In his performance, Carlin referred to the Bureau and the Director in a satirical vein. His treatment was considered to be in very poor taste and it was obvious that he was using the prestige of the Bureau and Mr. Hoover to enhance his performance.”

“Mr (redacted) commented concerning the appearance of one George Carlin, an alleged comedian who appeared on the Jackie Gleason Show on the evening of January 25, 1969. Mr (redacted) commented that the subject of Carlin’s material was the FBI and Mr. Hoover and that his treatment of both was shoddy and in shockingly bad taste.”

“The Office advised that from their prior contacts with Jackie Gleason and specifically with Mr. Hank Meyers, Gleason’s Public Relations Director, who is also an SAC Contact, they are of the opinion that Gleason holds the Director and the FBI in the highest esteem and that Gleason himself thinks that the Director is one of the greatest men who has ever lived.

And that, if the FBI can be trusted, is basically it for their files on George Carlin; the remainder are copies of the letters to the Bureau, complaining about Carlin, and responses to those letters. Nothing about obscenity, the “Seven Words”, et cetera.

And now you know…

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