Skip to comments.Chicago Sun-Times: HCUA Was 'Helmed by Sen. Joseph McCarthy'
Posted on 02/14/2011 9:19:14 AM PST by Mike Bates
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) isn't alone in having trouble understanding how the government is organized. In a Sunday article posted on the Chicago Sun-Times's Web site, staff reporter Mary Houlihan credits the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) with running the House Committee on Un-American Activities. That would have been quite an accomplishment, given the fact McCarthy never served in the House of Representatives.
Houlihan writes of photographer Milton Rogovin, who died last month. After military service during World War II, Rogovin "organized a chapter of the optometrists union and served as librarian for the Communist Party of Buffalo."
"Then the inevitable happened. In October 1957, Rogovin was caught in the net cast by the House Un-American Activities Committee helmed by Sen. Joseph McCarthy. It was the waning days of the Communist witch hunt, and the experience would change Rogovins life."
If October, 1957 indeed represented the waning days of the Communist witch hunt, the situation was even worse for Joe McCarthy. He had died the previous May.
You'd think McCarthy's title of Senator might serve as a clue that he didn't chair a House Committee. Partially due to the mainstream media's eagerness to attach his name or ism to as many unsavory things as possible, misinformation abounds. And yet they still complain that Joe didn't get his facts right.
I’m reading “Blacklisted by History” by M. Stanton Evans. The re-writing of history that has taken place regarding McCarthy is incredible. This book is an eye-opener.
a senator chairing a house committee?
Your IQ has to be below 70 to get hired.
They would be better off pinning it on Nixon. It’s true he was VP in 1957, but at least he was actually on the committee in the 40’s and his investigations is credited with busting one of their biggest gets, commie Alger Hiss. Which they still hate Nixon for to this day..
I can't count the number of anti-McCarthy rants I've stopped short with that simple fact. The actual history of that era has been deliberately and wildly distorted by pro-Communists.
I've even had some people tell me that their "uncle" or "father," etc. were "blacklisted" and called before the HCUA, then pilloried by McCarthy. They turn red-faced and sputter a lot when they're caught in such an obvious lie. McCarthy had absolutely nothing to do with Hollywood blacklisting or HCUA.
Yep. In the last ten years or so, I have had to completely alter my outlook on many things, and the catalyst for it was, of all people, Ann Coulter. I read her books “Treason” and “Slander”, and her account of Joseph McCarthy is so diametrically opposed to what I have been taught, told by television and newspaper and read in many books.
I read “Witness”, and was appalled to see the same type of politics, used with the same tactics on the same type of people that are used by the Left today (and have been since then)
In particular, the thing that stuck out at me was the “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” exchange with Joseph Welch. That is like gospel, unassailable. When I heard her account, I thought “Okay, someone is flat out wrong here. They cannot both be right, all the historical accounts, papers, schoolbooks, etc and Ann Coulter. Someone had to be just wrong.
So, I went and found the transcripts to the Army-McCarthy hearings, and...lo and behold, Ann Coulter was spot on.
So I began reevaluating my stance and outlook on many things, especially this. I have read at least a dozen books from various sources, and one can only come away with the impression that not only was McCarthy right, he must have had intelligence (from Venona, possibly) being fed to him. He had to have something.
My impression of Truman has dramatically changed as well, in addition to my regard for Marshall. Truman was not in bed with the communists, but he took the actions he did to protect the Democrat party, NOT our country!
The fact that these nitwits think McCarthy was involved with HUAC doesn’t surprise me a single bit.
I bought Rumsfeld’s book (which sadly, I cannot return) and was appalled, angered and saddened to hear him in his book pile into McCarthy with the same BS I fully expect to hear from Liberals.
Then he came out with his pro-homosexual stand, and I just cannot express how disillusioned, demoralized and saddened that made me.
“Blacklisted by History” was a stellar book. Extraordinary in its depth.
An excellent read. Stan Evans has done an outstanding job of trying to correct misconceptions about McCarthy for many, many years.
The Sun-Times has standards? Who’da thunk it?
I hope one of the books you read was M. Stanton Evans' "Blacklisted by History." Meticulously researched and documented, it turns the popular "history" of the McCarthy era on its head. It's frightening to learn how many presumably "official" archival documents have been destroyed.
I agree with you that McCarthy probably had solid evidence of Communist penetration of both the State Department and White House from some source, possibly VENONA.
Where do you even begin?
Sounds like a good read!
Thanks! I just added that to my Borders wish list in eBook format.
Agreed. I consider myself fairly well informed about McCarthy and the goings-on, and there was a wealth of knowledge in his book that filled in quite a few blanks for me.
You won’t be sorry...it is definitive. I may get the eBook version myself so I can annotate it.
In December 1952, at the behest of his father, Robert F. Kennedy was appointed by Republican Senator Joe McCarthy as assistant counsel of the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He resigned in July 1953, but “retained a fondness for McCarthy.”
So, let’s see. Nixon was on the House committee that located and stopped a bunch of real communists who had infiltrated the government. And Robert Kennedy was an aide to Senator Joe McCarthy.
Oh yes, they definitely have standards. They're just extremely LOW.
That's why the likes of Mary Mitchell, Jesse Jackson and this History Illiterate Ditz writes for them.
And why we always called them the 'Slum-Times'. It was a joke of ours that they never printed any three syllable words as their readers couldn't understand them.(1)
(1) This was back in the day when the Chicago Tribune was a Conservative Newspaper. And, it was the only paper 'allowed' in our house.
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