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McCarthyism then and now [from Pravda of the Prairie]
Capital Times ^ | 11-2-05

Posted on 11/02/2005 4:17:07 PM PST by SJackson

Joe McCarthy hated The Capital Times and The Capital Times hated Joe McCarthy.

The red-baiting Republican senator from Wisconsin used to refer to this newspaper as "the Pravda of the Prairie" - and in the Cold War era when he was running roughshod over civil liberties, McCarthy's attempts to portray this newspaper as a tool of the Soviet Union were dangerous accusations indeed. They were, as well, untrue. The man who ran The Capital Times during the McCarthy era, William T. Evjue, was not "the red editor" that the senator so feverishly denounced.

Rather, Evjue was a journalist in the mold that Thomas Jefferson and James Madison intended when they wrote that "freedom of the press" protection into the Bill of Rights. The wisest of the founders of this country recognized that, for the American democratic experiment to succeed, leaders would need to be held accountable. They did not trust opposition parties to always do the job, so they empowered the press to strike blows against those who were corrupted by power.

Unfortunately, in McCarthy's time - as in the current era - the men who ran the media were, generally, lacking in courage.

Tonight, with a free showing of actor George Clooney's new film, "Good Night, and Good Luck," we will recall the fight against McCarthy and McCarthyism by celebrating the challenge that CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow posed to McCarthy in a 1954 national television broadcast.

In a speech to the CBS staff before that broadcast, Murrow said to his fellow journalists, "No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices." He was right, and there is no question that Murrow's blunt criticism of McCarthy's dishonest attacks on loyal Americans who did not share his right-wing views regarding foreign policy played a critical role in bringing down the man who used his Senate seat to destroy people's careers and silence dissent.

But it is important to remember that Murrow's challenge came not at the beginning of the McCarthy era but in the midst of "the red scare." The veteran journalist was breaking ranks with the national media elites who had for the better part of a decade been accomplices to McCarthy's reign of terror.

Even in Wisconsin, where there was broad popular opposition to McCarthy, most of the media backed the senator. He was a favorite of the Milwaukee Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal. And media outlets, including The Capital Times and The Progressive, that challenged his lies - beginning with Capital Times editorials published in 1946 - were condemned for their "disloyalty."

Only over time did it become clear that the critics of McCarthy were the patriots.

There is an important lesson here for the contemporary moment. The Capital Times and a handful of other publications - including The Progressive and The Nation - were called disloyal in 2002 when they revealed that the Bush administration's "case" for war with Iraq was based on lies. Now, as the White House scrambles to manage a scandal that evolved from the attempt of Vice President Dick Cheney's office to defend those lies, many in the media are criticizing the administration.

It is good that they are doing so. But, as Clooney pointed out when he explained why he made "Good Night, and Good Luck," it is essential that the media challenge those in power not just when they have stumbled but also when they are strong. For the most part, American media failed to mount that challenge when the Bush administration was steering this country into the quagmire that is Iraq.

And we are still looking for the Edward R. Murrow of today - the national broadcast journalist who will pierce the bodyguard of lies and tell the people that this administration has attacked not just Iraq but America.


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: joemccarthy; mccarthyism

1 posted on 11/02/2005 4:17:07 PM PST by SJackson
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To: SJackson

The Capital Times, still red after all these years.


2 posted on 11/02/2005 4:20:20 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo; Iowa Granny; Ladysmith; Diana in Wisconsin; JLO; sergeantdave; damncat; ...
Even in Wisconsin, where there was broad popular opposition to McCarthy, most of the media backed the senator. He was a favorite of the Milwaukee Sentinel and the Wisconsin State Journal. And media outlets, including The Capital Times and The Progressive, that challenged his lies - beginning with Capital Times editorials published in 1946 - were condemned for their "disloyalty."

I wonder if the editorial writers know what century we're in?

3 posted on 11/02/2005 4:20:40 PM PST by SJackson (God isn`t dead. We just can`t talk to Him in the classroom anymore, R Reagan.)
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To: SJackson

McCarthy was right. Communists in America are real pukers.


4 posted on 11/02/2005 4:20:52 PM PST by Whitewasher (Would u like America to be a goat nation in the millennium to come? Keep pushing the "Roadmap" bull!)
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To: SJackson

No one has yet to prove McCarthy wrong about anyone he accused. The reds DID have the government thoroughly penetrated. Joe's only fault was that he didn't work hard enough exposing the commies in the media and academia.

You can see the result of that failure today in just about every university and college in American, and at most major news organizations.

Fox, WaTimes, NY Post, and some others excepted.


5 posted on 11/02/2005 4:21:41 PM PST by wvobiwan (Proud Minuteman Project Volunteer - Secure borders, illegals OUT!)
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To: SJackson
The Capital Crimes was the Pravda on the Prarie whose editor in the 60s claimed that the American pilots captured in North Viet Nam should have been treated and charged as pirates.

The Capital Crimes is still one of the foremost Anti-American Rags in the the USA.

6 posted on 11/02/2005 4:21:55 PM PST by Redleg Duke (9/11 - "WE WILL NEVER FORGET!")
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To: SJackson
I read a good book by William F. Buckley titled "Red Hunter" about the McCarthy era. Although a novel, Buckley said the historical parts were accurate.

I think as the Soviet Union has allowed some of it's formerly secret files to be made public, it is clear that McCarthy was basically right.

I suspect the new movie will simply be Commies patting themselves on the back.

7 posted on 11/02/2005 4:22:20 PM PST by yarddog
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To: SJackson
Only over time did it become clear that the critics of McCarthy were the patriots. À l'effet contraire. McCarthy was right!
8 posted on 11/02/2005 4:22:44 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SJackson

Boy, Wisconsin sure isn't short on Bolsheviks.


9 posted on 11/02/2005 4:23:10 PM PST by SoDak
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To: SJackson

"The red-baiting Republican senator from Wisconsin used to refer to this newspaper as "the Pravda of the Prairie"

I've always been sort of amused, that socialists continue to refer to McCarthy as being a "red baiter," while continuing to deny that there were any "reds" to bait.


10 posted on 11/02/2005 4:24:35 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: SJackson

McCarthy is so hated by the left because he was implying that their gods were evil and he was making it harder for their gods to operate.


11 posted on 11/02/2005 4:26:46 PM PST by John Scopes (Just the facts, not the speculation.)
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To: SJackson
'You can't believe half of what you read in the papers' is becoming an all-too-common phrase in this country. This feeling has been engendered to a large extent by distortion of news, suppression of news, the injection of the personal views and prejudices of publishers into the news, and the misuse of newspapers in attacking and persecuting individuals and institutions unjustly and unfairly.

Dec. 13, 1917 - from the first editorial in his newspaper The Capital Times

They should take their own rhetoric to heart.

12 posted on 11/02/2005 4:28:02 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (THIS IS WAR AND I MEAN TO WIN IT.)
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To: SJackson

Joseph McCarthy exposed the Left for what it was, which is why the Left has never stopped hating him.


13 posted on 11/02/2005 4:31:51 PM PST by Thorin ("I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.")
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To: SoDak

Tell me about it.

My grandma knew McCarthy. Said that he was a nice guy.


14 posted on 11/02/2005 4:44:22 PM PST by sporkgoddess
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To: SJackson


15 posted on 11/02/2005 4:44:48 PM PST by Michael.SF. ('That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy Sheehan")
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To: sporkgoddess
My grandma knew McCarthy. Said that he was a nice guy.

Yes, so nice that he was Godfather to one of Robert Kennedy's kids.

16 posted on 11/02/2005 4:46:04 PM PST by Michael.SF. ('That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' Cindy Sheehan")
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To: SJackson
"Joe McCarthy hated The Capital Times and The Capital Times hated Joe McCarthy." The question is who hated whom first? Also, a publication that has the capacity to hate a public figure isn't going to report objectively about the object of their hate.

Therefore, anything that the Capitol Times says in opposition to George W. Bush must be seen through the lens of the Hate for the President in the Capitol Times news room.

This may be a watershed statement by a publication; that is to actually admit and inject the emotion of hate into their reporting. We all know that it is there (Couric, Rather, NYT,etc.)but, now it is documented.
17 posted on 11/02/2005 4:47:22 PM PST by joem15
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To: SJackson

There are probably more Alger Hiss's now than they were in the McCarthy era due to out of control political correctness.


18 posted on 11/02/2005 4:49:43 PM PST by Buffettfan (http://www.swiftvets.com)
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To: SJackson
Only over time did it become clear that the critics of McCarthy were the patriots.

Yeah, but patriots for whom?

19 posted on 11/02/2005 4:52:56 PM PST by auboy ("Don't get stuck on whiny")
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To: SJackson; All
Wish we had more Senators like Joseph McCarthy.

Click to listen U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin on his war against communism.His words are still poignant today.

20 posted on 11/02/2005 4:57:25 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve,and have served, to keep us free.)
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To: sporkgoddess

A few years ago, on my first trip into Wisconsin, I got a taste of Wisconsin leftism on WI Public Radio. Wow, talk about your uber-leftists.


21 posted on 11/02/2005 5:16:47 PM PST by SoDak
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To: SJackson
Even in Wisconsin, where there was broad popular opposition to McCarthy, most of the media backed the senator.

I grew up in WI, and none of my relatives or friends' relatives ever spoke of that time. He was never mentioned in state history classes or if so, only glossed over. Heck, I can see going after some of those Holliwood commies, but didn't McCarthy even go after I Love Lucy! THAT was over the line! LOL

22 posted on 11/02/2005 5:20:40 PM PST by phantomworker (All roads lead back to Rome: Boldness has genius, power and magic in it... Begin it now!)
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To: SJackson

How did Thomas Jefferson get mixed up with the First Amendment? On the day that Congress sent what became the Bill of Rights to the states for ratification, Jefferson was still in Paris.


23 posted on 11/02/2005 6:07:00 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Thorin
"Joseph McCarthy exposed the Left for what it was, which is why the Left has never stopped hating him."

Since Joe McCarthy was correct, the radical leftist, media machine continues to smear the man who fully exposed the domestic communist enemy within.

24 posted on 11/02/2005 6:37:33 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: mdittmar

Thanks for posting that great speech.


25 posted on 11/02/2005 6:40:06 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never free)
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To: tet68

I would have loved a subscription to this rag when the Wall fell. Really, I would have. Ah, the wailing and gnashing of teeth.


26 posted on 11/02/2005 6:49:47 PM PST by tanuki
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To: wvobiwan
Joe's only fault was that he didn't work hard enough exposing the commies in the media and academia.

He couldn't. His only pervue as PSI chair was communist infiltration of the United States government.

27 posted on 11/02/2005 8:21:47 PM PST by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: SJackson

Joe McCarthy was right, God bless his sainted soul.

The Federal government WAS filled with communists and fellow travlers from the FDR administration forwards. Recently released Secret Soviet files on traitors like Alger Hiss and other monsters substantiate Joe McCarthy's claims.

But today's cryptocommunists and pseudo-liberals are still trying to crucify a saint.

Again, Senator Joe McCarthy - whereveer you are, may God Bless you and thank you for exposing the worms eating out the heart of America. We could use more like you today - BADLY.


28 posted on 11/02/2005 8:35:06 PM PST by ZULU (Fear the government which fears your guns. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: SJackson

This Prairie Pravda piece needs a Barf Alert!


29 posted on 11/02/2005 10:26:05 PM PST by Brian Allen (Patriotic [Immigrant] AMERICAN-American by choice - Christian and Aviator by Grace)
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To: yarddog

"I think as the Soviet Union has allowed some of it's formerly secret files to
be made public, it is clear that McCarthy was basically right."


It REALLY pains me to recommend anything done by PBS, but they hit a home run
with "Secrets, Lies and Atomic Spies".
To hear a PBS production at least concede that McCarthy was correct in saying there
was a massive infiltration of the USA by Soviet agents just about gave me
a freakin' heart attack.
Of course, the producers contended that most of the "names" that
McCarthy named were falsely accussed of being Communists.
(but the writers of the show convienently failed to identify ONE of these people
that McCarthy suppossedly defamed)

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/venona/


30 posted on 11/02/2005 10:35:19 PM PST by VOA
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