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UNFAVORABLE REFERENCES TO 
BUREAU ON CAROL BURNETT SHOW 


The Director has received a copy of a lettejvwhicH 


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of Coc oa Beach, Florida, sent to the "^rgj^urnett Show. " * i. 

Trefers to Migs Burnett's te levision program pres ented on 5-4-70 
tiiuesi. Georgu/stirlin, did a "take-off" on the FBI, the Director, and the 
wanted l* 1 ! l and her husband considered the presentation 


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in very poor taste and deplored the fact that Miss Burnett would allow this kind of 

performance on her program. \J $ A_. 

The Director has inquired: "What do we know of Carlin? H’ 


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A check of files in the Director's Office and available reference 
material dealing with entertainers reflected no data concerning Carlin. The only 
information in our files identifiable with him concerns criticism of him which was 
brought to our attention in February, 1969, following his appearance on the Jackie 
Gleason television program* 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. As an example, he commented on one occasion 
"I'm J. Edgar Noover. I have Just come back from a stakeout with Ramsey Clark- - 
that is a cookout in the back yard." 

Our files contain no pertinent information regarding Carol Burnett. 


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services wer e satisfactory and he is on the S pecial Corresponden ts List. We have 
had considerable cordial correspondence witl] who has always 

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indicated that 'she, is a firm supporter of the Director and the Bureau. / 

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1 - Mr. DeLoach - Enclosure 
1 - Mr. Bishop - Enclosure 
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1 - M. A. Jones - Enclosure 



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The copy of your letter of May 5, 1970, 
addressed to the ‘’Carol Burnett Show" has been received, 
and I do want to express my thanks for your kind remarks 
and expressions of confidence. It is always good to know 
that we have the support of such staunch friends as you, 
and I certainly hope that our efforts will continue to merit 
our approval. 


Sincerely yours, 
J, Edgar Hoover 


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1 - Mr. Bishop (detached) 

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"Unfavorable References to Bureau on Carol Burnett Show. " 


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services of the FBI li a crxm , aoolopv is either voiced, f 

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j&t been for the "tight £* gTS^ 

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his credit for *he l^t f^ty-six » ^ digplayed dignity ~ • H 


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The Jackie v y31eason Show 
Columbia Broadcasting System 
51 West 52nd Street 
New York, New York 10019 

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Attention: Mr. Jackie Gleason 

Dear Mr. Gleason: 

This letter is written to express displeasure with some or the remarks 
made by Mr. Geor'..'e}jbarlin regarding crime and the Department ox Justice 
and by Miss Ed iel Adams regarding Mrs . Lyndon B. Johnson on your program 
tonight. ’ 

The crime wave is not a subject for levity or humor, and the Department ^ 
of Justice is not a subject to be made fun of, any more tuan it wouio 
be proper to make light of the U.S. Constitution. The hippies and the 
yippies may be taxing serious things lightly but the majority of the Oj 
people in the United States are law abiding citizens and do not appre- Cm 
ciate anyone making fun of crime. The families of citizens who have' s *^ > « 
been killed as a result of crime in this country do not think t;.e_ sub~ 

ject is funny. Neither do their friends think ft is a suoject for a . “®j| 

laugh. Our Department of Justice, including the Federal Bureau of un 
I nvestigation, is doing everythin., in its power to control crime end i ^ 
public opinion is behind them. This Branch of our Government id" to be*si 
spoken of with reverence and respect rather than jest and so^calied wic'. 

Now, about the question of making fun of Mrs. Johnson. Mrs. ''■Johnson is 

a lady who has served her country to the best of her ability and people 

at lease should show her the respect not to use her manner of speech or 
her family in order to try to get a laugn. In truth and in fact, your 
program must have run short on ideas for humor to have resorted to the 
type of material exhibited on your program tonight. 

I believe you, yourself, owe tne public an apology and an explanation on 
both of these counts. 


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I have recelved a c^y of^ your 

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your support o! 

is deeply appreciated and I took concerning the 

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Jackie Gleason Show which was aire 

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OFFICE OF DIRECTOR 
FEDERAL BUREAU OF I N V ES Tl GAJi^ 
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTIC 


February 10, 1969 


The attached correspondence was 
sent to the -Director from James C 
Ellsworth, President, Society of 
Former Special Agents of the 
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 
Inc. , 600 South Spring Street, 

Los Angeles, iiCalifornia 90014. 



MR. TRO^T ER - 
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CHICAGO- OCTOBER S, 1969 


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JAMES C. ELLSWORTH president 


February 6 , 1969 


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Dear I 

I Thank you for the cUi'o! Hi have v'nr 

Your letter is beautifu y uke any cheapening of 

the feelings of many of us who ^ 7 k for 

the image of the Director or the Bureau, 
expressing yourself to Mr. Gleason. 

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the Director and I am taxing 
copy at this time. 

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UNITED STATES gC IeRNMENT 

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] subject: THE JACKIE GLEASON SHQJV 
JANUARY 25, 1969 




Mr. James C. Ellsworth, President of the Society of 
Former Special Agents of the Federal Bur pm nf Tmresticatinn forwarded 

to the Director a copy of a letter which Mr\_ .. JL 

former Special Agent, who is on the Special Correspondents List, had 

sent to Jackie Gleason in Miami, Florida. 


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Georgeferlin, an allege cTcomedian who app eared on .th e Jackie Gleason 
Sow B on ^ evening of JanSTaTUSS. m 3 fcommented that 

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the subject of Carlin's material was the FBI and Mr. Hoover and that hi 
treatment of both was shoddy and in shockingly bad taste. 

Carlin did appear on the Jackie Gleason Show on January 25, 

1 1969 and referred to the Bureau and the Director in a satirical vein. 
mftVeTtm7nt was in very poor taste and it was obvious that he was us^ 
l the nrestige of the Bureau and Mr. Hoover to enhance his performance. 

^ example he commented on one occasion "I'm J. Edgar Noover thfe 
fc come back from a stakeout with Ramsey CL 

back yard. " Bufiles contain no information identifiable with Car . iT 

The Miami Office has advised that their files contain no infor- 
mation concerning Carlin and explained that the Jwlde Gtewn Show us 
usually filmed four or five months in advance of its actual showing. The 
Office advised that Gleason does not produce the entire show and that m t 
SSL ^Glfason would not permit anyone to belittle the Bureau or the Director 
- Ij? ha( j prior knowledge. The Office advised that from their prior contacts 
'wlfh SdtiKST aS specifically with Mr. Hank Meyers Gleason's Public 

is also an SAC Contact, they are of the opinion that 
and the FBI in the highest esteem and Oat Gleason 
himself thinks that the Directors jreatgy^h^^ver liv . 

Enclosures i2 p£B 18 1969 


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-Mr. Bishop -^6psures (2) 



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RECOMMENDATIONS : 


1. That the att “h«Uet ^^tertolVoar- 
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