John Dean, who spilled the beans on the Watergate scandal, has complained to the Federal Communications Commission that G. Gordon Liddy defamed him on latter’s talkshow at Infinity Broadcasting’s WJFK-FM, Washington.
Liddy is the former Nixon administration staffer who served prison time for his role in Watergate.
Since being hired last year by WJFK, he has regularly attacked Dean as an alleged perjurer.
Dean charged that Liddy has violated the FCC’s “personal attack” rule. That reg states that a person whose integrity is impugned during a discussion of a controversial issue must be notified and permitted to respond.
Dean claims neither Liddy nor WJFK has allowed him to respond.
Dean said the FCC probe is warranted because “Gordon Liddy and WJFK have done for the personal attack rule what Howard Stern and WXRK-FM, New York, have done for the indecent broadcasting rule — abandon any and all pretense of compliance in the name of profits for Infinity Broadcasting.”
Infinity is already facing a $ 600,000 indecency fine in connection with Stern broadcasts, and could face another fine if the commission agrees with Dean.