Home
Search transcripts:    Advanced Search
Notable New     Yorkers
Select     Notable New Yorker
Bennett CerfBennett Cerf
Photo Gallery
Transcript

Session:         Page of 1029

Phyllis, “I haven't gotten this kind of greeting from Bobby Kennedy ever before, and it wasn't really for me. He just wanted to annoy Cass Canfield.”

Q:

Have you ever had this coercion to a certain extent with anybody else but the Kennedys?

Cerf:

Well, when we published The Invisible Government...

Q:

The F.B.I., you mean?

Cerf:

No. It was the C.I.A. The C.I.A. was not pleased.

Q:

How did they show this displeasure?

Cerf:

First we sent them advance galleys. We weren't out to hurt the C.I.A. This was a story by two top-ranking reporters. But the C.I.A. took a dim view of the entire project. They said that we would destroy the careers of thirty-three of their people by revealing their names in this book. We pointed out that there wasn't anything in this book that hadn't been syndicated in fifty leading newspapers in the United States. It was all material first used in The New York Tribune, The Washington Post, etc. This book was a compilation of all of the articles that these reporters had done, covering activities or semi-activities of the C.I.A. We had a visit from an anonymous visitor once who asked if we would consider selling them



© 2006 Columbia University Libraries | Oral History Research Office | Rights and Permissions | Help