The Press: Pushing Privilege Too Far?

As a sympathetic forum for radical groups, Los Angeles' KPFK-FM found itself with two prized scoops after the May 17 shootout between L.A. police and six members of the Symbionese Liberation Army. The first was a three-page statement from the "Weather Underground." The group claimed credit for bombing an office of the state attorney general as a token of support for the S.L.A. Then came a tape-recorded message from Patricia Hearst and two other S.L.A. survivors (TIME, June 17).

KPFK played the tape for other news organizations and gave copies to the FBI and local police. But the FBI, which had earlier...

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