The day after Give Peace a Chance was recorded, the Montreal Gazette buried its bed-in coverage on page eleven.
The story focused on Smothers reaction to the event; Give Peace a Chance is only mentioned in passing.
Elsewhere in the newspaper, the Gazette featured a short editorial, titled Embeatled Peace, that gently mocked the bed-in, while a third of a page was devoted to an angry letter from a reader, titled, Open Letter to a Rebellious Student, which slammed the youth who were fuelling the anti-war movement.
This article originally appeared in the April-May 2013 issue of Canada’s History magazine and has been nominated for a Western Magazine Award. The article has been reformatted for online publication.