Nixon's BLS Purge

By Tom Shoop

September 27, 2007

For several years now, Slate's Timothy Noah has been all over the sordid story of President Nixon's efforts to purge Jews from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now comes a new installment. It's based on the release of previously untranscribed White House conversations about the crusade, and a memo by then-White House personnel director Fred Malek detailing, Noah writes, "the planned transfer of three Jews to less-visible jobs and the effective demotion of a BLS deputy with a Jewish-sounding surname."

It's a stunning story about not just anti-Semitism but the depths of Nixon's paranoia about the federal bureaucracy and the lengths he was prepared to go to bend it to his political will.

Some key Nixon quotes:


By Tom Shoop

September 27, 2007

http://www.govexec.com/federal-news/fedblog/2007/09/nixons-bls-purge/37841/