Skip to comments.The Hidden Truth About Joseph McCarthy
Posted on 07/09/2005 12:54:21 AM PDT by John Filson
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Very well said. Amen.
I think we have to keep discussing the "McCarthy experience," which Murrow truly pictured in the American mind with his critical commentaries about the anti-communist movement. I think people like Ann Coulter are right, but we need to go a step further in analyzing why Murrow wanted to attack McCarthy. It's in this very knee-jerk response that we find today's liberals demonizing the Bush administration's Iraq war and taxation policies. They're quick to yell "fascist!" or the equivalent; that's not much different from what was happening during the McCarthy backlash. Why? Finding out will help us explain the need to limit government as an essential for protecting America to ordinary people. Coulter and fans will be quick to say that liberal attacks are due to their treason; again, the fact that so many liberals are well-meaning reveals a need to dig deeper. What leads to such simplistic criticism of America's patriots? Idealism, inherent to the American character of wanting to right all wrongs and solve all problems may be part of it.
William Shirer opposed the Truman Doctrine, and Edward R. Murrow fired him from CBS over his opposition, according to wikipedia. Wikipedia doesn't say why, and a quick search on the Internet didn't reveal any copies of Shirer's radio texts or his commentary against Truman. One would suspect that Shirer was a liberal "America firster."
Murrow may have been more anti-communist than his critics realized. Again, he may have simply been offering a knee-jerk reaction to McCarthy's investigations. That his attacks on McCarthy were termed "television's finest hour," is an insight into why so many journalists think that the Watergate investigations were proof that the press would save America from any form of government "evil."
These reporters served a valuable purpose before and during WWII. Studying why they lent the force of their new political power to destroy such a fast friend of the nation will help us to understand the MSM's death grip on the west today. They believed they were right. They had our best interest in mind. And they castigated one of the most patriotic Americans of the 20th century in the process. A dedication to fairness is ordinarily a valuable quality in a journalist. What went wrong? What is going wrong with our MSM today? Unlocking these questions might help America and the west to survive. I don't think Coulter has the answers -- yet.
"If Sen Joseph McCarthy was alive today he would simply say regarding communists in government, 'I told you so!'."
Marxists were masquerading as libs, and were finally able to convert the New left of the 60s, using vietnam as the lightning rod.
I've been using this tagline for a while now.
Now the communists, which never admit to being, conspire with the Muslim terrorist enemy, solely because the Islamists are 'anti-American', actually naively believing their various forms of assistance to radical Islam would spare them from being bumped off as 'infidels'.
Since Senator McCarthy was very instrumental in exposing their evil deeds at all levels of government, Hollywood & other important aspects of American life, he remains the Lefties primary wiping boy.
The Reds, like the muzzies, would love to see Christianity eliminated, and cetainly have some common goals.
I have forwarded this link to someone to check out its authenticity, but when you look at this list of commie goals, and see how much of it has been accomplished by the rats, it is...well, judge for yourself.
Once they got this one everything really began down hill.
28) 'Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."'
In the not too distant future this one will haunt US.
6) 'Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.' (Red China)
The commies continue working on this one.
45) 'Repeal the Connally Reservation so the US can not prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.'
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