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Blacklisted by History: Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy - M. Stanton Evans on C-Span2

Posted on 11/24/2007 1:34:26 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov

Long-time conservative intellectual and commentator M. Stanton Evans discusses his important new book in defense of Joe McCarthy. Long awaited, Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy, was released on released on Nov. 6, 2007.

Program re-airs on Sunday, 11/25, at 11 p.m. ET on C-Span2 (BookTV). Program length is 58 minutes.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: blacklisted; booktour; cspan; evans; mccarthy; mccarthyism; mstantonevans
I saw this program last weekend. Mr. Evans, who served as chairman of the American Conservative Union in the sixties and seventies, has long been engaged with this material. His book is an in-depth and scholarly recounting of the McCarthy era, including the Alger Hiss case and the role of Whitaker Chambers. It includes all the newer information that has become available since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Mr. Stanton makes a compelling case that there was in fact a "witchhunt" and McCarthy was its victim. The leftist smear of McCarthy -- and anti-communism, in general -- has become an article of faith within academe and among elite opinion leaders. Mr. Evans gives this distorted view of history a scholarly kick in the teeth which it will not easily shake off.

Mr. Evans has the skills not only of a scholar but also those of a raconteur. Listening to him, one has a powerful sense of getting a first-person account. I could not recommend this program too strongly.

1 posted on 11/24/2007 1:34:26 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: SergeiRachmaninov
" Mr. Stanton makes a compelling case that there was in fact a "witchhunt" and McCarthy was its victim. "

I'm a firm believer of this.

One of the best books ever written.

2 posted on 11/24/2007 1:39:03 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: SergeiRachmaninov

BUMP!


3 posted on 11/24/2007 1:40:02 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Ann Coulter

(( ping ))


4 posted on 11/24/2007 1:40:31 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: SergeiRachmaninov

Any mention of McCarthy assistant Robert F. Kennedy?


5 posted on 11/24/2007 1:43:07 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: blam
I've had that book on my shelf for several years and really regret not yet having got around to it. I bought it mostly because so many people -- as you have -- give it a passionate recommendation.

Although I have not read the Chambers book, I certainly have paid a lot of attention to this period of history and bristle whenever I hear people on NPR deploring the "dark days of McCarthyism." And I hear this on almost every day that I listen to NPR. It is the world turned upside down.

People who think that either academe or the MSM delivers anything remotely like a straight-down-the-center view of American history have no clue.

6 posted on 11/24/2007 1:44:27 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: SergeiRachmaninov; backhoe

Backhoe’s reference list with lots of links.
Thanks backhoe.

“Tailgunner Joe—Where Have You Gone, Joe McCarthy?”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/935830/posts


7 posted on 11/24/2007 1:46:21 PM PST by LucyT
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To: A.A. Cunningham
Yes, Bobby Kennedy and Richard Nixon were mentioned in the discussion, which was fairly wide-ranging.

Evans is impressive because he seems able to respond to most any question in depth.

8 posted on 11/24/2007 1:46:27 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: LucyT

Thanks. That’s a great post from backhoe. I’m gonna give it a good going over.


9 posted on 11/24/2007 1:49:38 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: blam

I just ordered it on Amazon. 6.98 plus shipping.


10 posted on 11/24/2007 1:51:26 PM PST by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: SergeiRachmaninov
The John Birch Society was originally headquarted in Maine.
After Joe's death, they moved the headquarters to Appleton, Wisconsin, Joe's hometown. I often wondered if there was a connection.
11 posted on 11/24/2007 1:51:59 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: SergeiRachmaninov

“Mr. Stanton makes a compelling case that there was in fact a “witchhunt” and McCarthy was its victim”

McCarthy, Patton, MacArthur, Forrestal - they were all right - and hinted down like dogs by the left.


12 posted on 11/24/2007 1:52:04 PM PST by spanalot
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To: Doctor Phogg

ping


13 posted on 11/24/2007 1:59:21 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck is the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aren't going.)
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To: SergeiRachmaninov
I'm reading "Blacklisted" presently, and it's a great read. One has to wonder how this country survived such an incredible penetration of our our government by communists during the 30's and 40's.

Several sources, most notably Venona, and Soviet archives have all but completely vindicated Joe McCarthy, but I very much doubt that US academia and media will ever admit it.

This book, "Witness" and "The Venona Secrets" are books everybody should have (and read) IMO. I would also recommend "The Sword and The Shield" by Christopher Andrew.

14 posted on 11/24/2007 2:02:19 PM PST by VR-21
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To: blam; SergeiRachmaninov
And you shouldn't miss this book either:

Perjury: The Hiss - Chambers Case by Allen Weinsten


15 posted on 11/24/2007 2:06:36 PM PST by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: blam
Don't know...really don't know anything about the Birchers, who were actively getting smeared when I was just coming of political age in the Goldwater era. I believe that Barry's running mate, was accused of being "a Bircher."

The smear of the Birchers was so overwhelming that -- at that time -- that I was still too naive to question it. After all, if the God of broadcast journalism, Edward R. Murrow, said it, it surely must be true. ~sarcasm~ (I don't particularly have any memory of Murrow commenting on the Birchers...I just cite him as a representative media figure who posed as someone beyond question, when, in fact, he was a fierce ideological partisan.)

I hope young people today are not as naively vulnerable to these propped up MSM figures as I was, and I don't think they are. As depressing as things looks sometimes, it is a different world from the days when the MSM could easily shutdown conservative voices.

16 posted on 11/24/2007 2:07:06 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: blam
One of the best books ever written.

I could not agree more! I'd add to it as "must" McCarthy-era reading:

"Seeds of Treason" by Ralph de Toledano (look at used booksellers)

"Stalin's Secret Service," Memoirs of the First Soviet Master Spy to Defect (a total eye-opener as to just how vulnerable the U.S. was to Communist spying and security penetration in the '30s and '40s).

When Russian General Walter G. Krivitsky, Chief of Soviet Military Intelligence in Western Europe, defected to the U.S. in 1937, he wasn't even interviewed by the FBI!! He was found in a Washington D.C. hotel room in 1941 with a bullet wound to the head, a pistol on the floor and 3 suicide notes. Some people were skeptical: Krivitsky had been hotly pursued by the KGB (then the NKVD) since he'd left Europe. His lawyer later quoted him:

"One day you walk along a street and there is a dead man, run over by a car. And you see it is Krivitsky. You say, 'Poor man, he should have been more careful.' You never think it is they who killed me so. They are too clever!"

17 posted on 11/24/2007 2:10:11 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: VR-21
I'm reading "Blacklisted" presently, and it's a great read.

Great! I hope you'll post an Amazon review.

18 posted on 11/24/2007 2:10:45 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: ScaniaBoy; backhoe
Perjury: The Hiss - Chambers Case by Allen Weinsten

Thanks. I'm making myself quite a little bibliography from suggestions here, including backhoe's great thread.

19 posted on 11/24/2007 2:13:09 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: Lancey Howard
With the opening of the KGB archives and the release of the VENONA intercepts - decoded Soviet KGB and GRU traffic - it has been proved that McCarthy was absolutely right about the extensive Soviet penetration of the U.S. government in all the most sensitive sections and its danger to America. According to the KGB archives the NKVD had 221 agents in the Roosevelt administration in April 1941 and the Soviet military GRU probably had a like number. He was proved right that the Communist Party, U.S.A., was an arm of the Soviet intelligence apparatus and the Soviet Union considered the US as their "main enemy." His liberal critics in academe and the mainstream media, who denied there was Communist subversion and made excuses for it, were proved absolutely wrong! This should have discredited the liberal ideology and those who mouthed it. Because the left had no answer or effective reply to the challenge McCarthy posed, they engaged in personal destruction - they smeared and demonized McCarthy because he was truth. p http://wwx2.tripod.com/mccarthy.html

An extremely interesting particle. I highly recommend it.

20 posted on 11/24/2007 2:14:21 PM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (“democrat” -- “… one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.”)
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To: SergeiRachmaninov
And I hear this on almost every day that I listen to NPR.

There is a simple but effective cure for this. I took it 12 years ago.

21 posted on 11/24/2007 2:19:49 PM PST by the invisib1e hand
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To: SergeiRachmaninov
The next aricraft carrier should be named Senator McCarthy.
22 posted on 11/24/2007 2:21:29 PM PST by antinomian (Show me a robber baron and I'll show you a pocket full of senators.)
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To: VR-21
One has to wonder how this country survived such an incredible penetration of our our government by communists during the 30's and 40's.

I'm not sure it did. The country is now in the death grip of "cultural Marxism" in the guises of Multiculturalism and Political Correctness. The media is still run by cultural Marxists, and the universities -- where our kids are being indoctrinated with full-bore Marxist anti-American beliefs -- are totally controlled by people we'd have called by the right name, Communists, a generation ago. If Hillary's elected her policies and SCOTUS appointments will administer the coup de grace for the good old U.S.A.

23 posted on 11/24/2007 2:21:47 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: SergeiRachmaninov
"I hope young people today are not as naively vulnerable to these propped up MSM figures as I was, and I don't think they are. As depressing as things looks sometimes, it is a different world from the days when the MSM could easily shutdown conservative voices."

I agree.

24 posted on 11/24/2007 2:23:35 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Turret Gunner A20
it has been proved that McCarthy was absolutely right about the extensive Soviet penetration of the U.S. government in all the most sensitive sections and its danger to America.

That statement reminds me that in the C-Span program, Evans is very explicit about McCarthy never having made an unwarranted accusation or smeared any innocent person.

In fact, according to Evans, in the famous "Have you no shame, senator?" moment, McCarthy was being explicitly berated about identifying a red who had already been outed as CPUSA memeber in the NYT! (Shades of the Valerie Plame non-incident.)

25 posted on 11/24/2007 2:24:37 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: Bernard Marx
"I'm not sure it did.

I agree, it looks pretty bleak. There's no question that PC is cultural Marxism, and that it's been inculcated in our schools and media by design.

What will forever puzzle me is how we as a society have become so weak and stupid, that we can no longer see the likes of Hillary and her ilk (interestingly, "Blacklisted" is the first time I've seen the name Alan Cranston in print for a while) for what they are. In conversations with people, particularly young people, I often feel like I'm talking to somebody who's been hypnotized.

26 posted on 11/24/2007 2:54:21 PM PST by VR-21
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To: Turret Gunner A20
McCarthy was absolutely right about the extensive Soviet penetration of the U.S. government in all the most sensitive sections

And they are still there.

27 posted on 11/24/2007 3:19:47 PM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: Don Corleone

joe rox!!!!!!!!!!!!


28 posted on 11/24/2007 3:30:38 PM PST by raygunfan
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To: SergeiRachmaninov
Thanks. I'm making myself quite a little bibliography from suggestions here, including backhoe's great thread.

Thank you- I appreciate that.

29 posted on 11/24/2007 3:45:04 PM PST by backhoe (Just a Merry-Hearted Keyboard PirateBoy, plunderin’ his way across the WWW…)
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To: blam

Yes indeed. “Witness” should be required reading on every college campus for for every graduate.

And to think that America is about to “elect” it’s number one communist to serve in our White House........

Whitaker Chambers must be rolling over in his grave or, more probably, looking on from heaven and turning his eyes away because he simply cannot look at what is to befall our nation unless God Himself intervenes. (for which I and many others are praying....)


30 posted on 11/24/2007 7:36:11 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: VR-21
What will forever puzzle me is how we as a society have become so weak and stupid, that we can no longer see the likes of Hillary and her ilk...for what they are.

I wrote a long, long response to your comment but abandoned it because it just became too burdensome. Boiled down it amounts to three things: domination of the popular culture -- everything from Che Guevara T-shirts, popular music and late-night comedy shows -- all with a relentlessly liberal point of view; and,

Domination of the education system, using a preferential hiring system to make certain only one point of view is available to indoctrinate students, and;

Domination of the mainstream news media to twist and fashion the day's news into a liberal-progressive-socialist single-message propaganda campaign.

It was frightening to me last week to hear how CNN flying monkeys framed the Democrat recess appointment strategy. They were keeping Congress in session, we were told, to circumvent the sneaky, evil Republican Bush from pulling a "fast one" on the American people. The fact that the President's recess appointment power is in the Constitution was either unknown to the snotty little blond talking head, or of no consequence.

This is getting long again but I forgot to mention one thing: none of this would have been possible without the total dumbing-down of American education. It was brought about by the rise of the know-nothing "education" departments in university teacher curricula; unions that only care about teacher pay increases, reduced workloads, more perks and longer vacations; and certain "parents" that never grew up themselves.

31 posted on 11/24/2007 10:42:53 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: Bernard Marx

Right on point.


32 posted on 11/25/2007 4:32:44 AM PST by Turret Gunner A20 (“democrat” -- “… one who panders to the crude and mindless whims of the masses.”)
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To: Bernard Marx
"I wrote a long, long response to your comment but abandoned it because it just became too burdensome."

I'm sure that I would have enjoyed it.

"Domination of the education system, using a preferential hiring system to make certain only one point of view is available to indoctrinate students."

This certainly applies to our universities from what I've seen. It seems that professors and administrators with conservative viewpoints are screened-out. While our primary and secondary public schools are also now nothing but indoctrination pens, I think that problem can be traced back to when Jimmy Carter (I swear Nikita Kruschev would have been a less destructive President) created the Dept. of Education to effectively give the teachers union a cabinet post. The union as you know has gone extreme left, and they have throughly politisized curriculums from K through 12.

"It was frightening to me last week to hear how CNN flying monkeys framed the Democrat recess appointment strategy. They were keeping Congress in session, we were told, to circumvent the sneaky, evil Republican Bush from pulling a "fast one" on the American people. The fact that the President's recess appointment power is in the Constitution was either unknown to the snotty little blond talking head, or of no consequence."

With seemingly no one to call them on it. I don't believe a single Republican commented on it. I also found it frightening. I think I would find the disco scene from Rowan & Martins "Laugh-In" more objective than modern MSM newscasts.

It vexes me however, that MSM news now being such naked and transparent propaganda (the better examples of which could be penned by a John Stewart Service and Solomon Adler at the kitchen table of their ChungKing residence),that it should be easily recognized by more people. Most modern agitprop is the clumsy variety that one might expect from some a high school newspaper.

I was cured of my own leftism (inculcated by a leftist family environment, and peer influence) back in the 70's when I read The Gulag Archepelago, and observed China's Cultural Revolution and the Kampuchean horror. After that the rantings of the "Chicago Seven," Huey Newton and their ilk which I had previously found so seductive sounded pretty tinny. Perhaps I just answered my own question in that as once a part of the left, the format of their BS is more recognizable to me.

33 posted on 11/25/2007 10:47:48 AM PST by VR-21
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To: SergeiRachmaninov

Wen Ho Lee is another perfect example of communist infiltration made possible because of the liberal mental disorder knows as “multi-culturalism and diversity). It should be illegal for ANY foreigner to work in ANY of our US governement labs.


34 posted on 11/25/2007 11:03:10 AM PST by Buffettfan (3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2ndMarDiv - 1971 - 1974)
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To: All

Now about 15 minutes until program start.


35 posted on 11/25/2007 7:46:04 PM PST by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: Bernard Marx

Good post, and right as can be. Why not post the longer version? :-)


36 posted on 11/27/2007 12:46:53 PM PST by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: VR-21
Perhaps I just answered my own question in that as once a part of the left, the format of their BS is more recognizable to me.

Exactly what David says in this book.


37 posted on 11/27/2007 12:52:52 PM PST by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: mc5cents
I read Radical Son shortly after it was published, and it was a great book. It's unfortunate that so many leftists who simply dismiss him as an enemy don't read it.

He wrote another book just after Radical Son called The Politics of Bad Faith, which describes the ethos of the 1960's new left. If you like Horowitz, I strongly recommend it if you haven't read it.

38 posted on 11/27/2007 2:00:40 PM PST by VR-21
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To: VR-21
He wrote another book just after Radical Son called The Politics of Bad Faith, which describes the ethos of the 1960's new left.

Thanks I will pick it up. Right now I am engrossed in M. Stanton Evans book "Blacklisted by History" about Joe McCarthy. What an interesting read so far. Very detailed. The left has been at this stuff for a long time. Started in the 30's. Commies everywhere back before we really knew how REALLY bad they were. McCarthy was dead on and a very intelligent man. Had a photographic memory according to Evans. Never outed an innocent person. The left is VERY dangerous. Very. They are ruthless and will stop at nothing to gain power.

39 posted on 11/27/2007 3:09:31 PM PST by mc5cents (Show me just what Mohammd brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman)
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To: mc5cents
I'm reading "Blacklisted" presently myself. I mentioned before somewhere in this thread that Venona and Soviet Archives have all but completely vindicated McCarthy.

I've long been interested in Cold War Soviet Espionage, and have been aware of Venona and also of revelations in NKVD/KGB documents for some time now, as well as materials from the Mitrokin archives. However, I was never truly aware of what a bum rap McCarthy got until I read Ann Coulters "Treason" in which she set the record straight (I heard that she used material from M. Stanton Evans with permission, but I can't substantiate that).

40 posted on 11/27/2007 6:08:10 PM PST by VR-21
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