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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 2, February 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date February 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 042
Transcript That these interruptions were distressingly frequent and very often on entirely extraneous matters and certainly not designed to elicit the truth; That his interruptions were so frequent and often so violent that orderly presentation of a witness' testimony was virtually impossible; That the committee, by a majority, finally passed a rule that a witness be permitted lo finish his presentation before being questioned or cross-i|motioned, after which cross-examination could take place without limit, and lhat Mr. Hays angrily remarked that he would pay no attention to any such rule and would interrupt whenever he pleased, which lie continued to do; That his continued interruptions were frequently intemperate, both in tone and in substance, and in purposeful disregard of parliamentary procedure- and the rules of the House of Representatives; That he repeatedly at the hearings vilified the staff and accused it of having prejudged the complaints against the foundations; That he repeatedly at the hearings vilified fellow Congressmen on the committee and questioned their good faith. He publicly accused me of lying anil of being a coward and accused Congressman Coodwin of duplicity and cowardice. In one instance, when I refused lo lose my temper at his insolence, he said: "I thought they bail more guts in Tennessee"; That he went out of his way to cast aspersions on the character and record of a Catholic nun. lhe daughter of Senator McCarran; That he repeatedly vilified and openly insulted witnesses appearing before lhe committee; That he referred in scurrilous terms lo witnesses who had been heard, using such expressions as suggesting that the committee should have a psychiatrist present; referring to witnesses as "crackpots," asserting that they had been "dredged up" by the staff—(and. remember, eminent professors were among the witnesses); or That at the last hearing Mr. Hays interrupted the questioning of the first foundation witness by the associate counsel with an insult to counsel calculated to disturb tin' proceedings ami in make it clear lhat he would not permit any orderly cross-examination. I am quite satisfied to have the substance of the report stand upon its own merits. I am chiefly concerned that a newspaper like yours, having a wide and important circulation, should falsely present it to the public as intrinsically unfair because of the claim that the foundation point of view was not considered. The foundations concerned with the Page 40 investigation were given the right to, and did, file lengthy written statements, which were added to the record without any deletion whatsoever. In these statements they had the opportunity to pre- -ent whatever points of view and fac- lual material they cared to. Their slale- ments were carefully read and carefully considered. FOUNDATIONS SPARED EMBARRASSMENT All that lhe foundations missed was the opportunity to be embarrassed through cross-examination. Certainly. thanks to the wide coverage given In their answers by your newspaper and others, they did not miss the opportun- ity eef presenting iheir "case" to the public. In fail, their "testimony" re- ceived much more altention in your paper than any of the so-called critical testimony. Mthough they have in fad had a fair hearing, I regretted deeply thai the bearings had to be closed. I did not join in the decision pre- e ipileilely but only after long and cd1 ful thought and after Congress^ Wolcott and Goodwin both bad la*1 the position that Mr. Havs' COM made it certain that continued pu" hearings would be destructive of ™ dignity of the Congressional commit^ Your frequently expressed concc- wilh the conduct of Congressional in<? tigalions does nol carry much i""1 lion in the face of your failure to pf test against Mr. Hays' unconscioiwl conduct and in the light of your fail1' lo inform the public lhat Mr. H*f actions effectively prevented the & tinuance of orderly hearings. Carroll Reece Washington, Dec. 28. 1954 Excerpts from Rep. Reeceys supple*11^ statement to the majority report were r lislu-il in the lanuary Facts Fori M J together with excerpts from the majoritjw minority reports. Additional remarks of nf Hays and Reece were published in 'he ' vember 1954 issue. Is Te YES Publisl declar financ The Communist Worker. Sunday, December 26, 1954 On the Reece Committee Report />y Bernard Iturton If there is any member of the U. S. Congress who knows better than tee believe that foundations bearing the names of Rockefeller, Ford, anil Carnegie have promoted "socialism," that man is Rep. I!. Carroll Reece (R-Tenn.). Yd Reece headed the House Special Com- mittee l" Investigate Tax-Exempt Foundations, which issued a report last week asserting just thai plus a charge of promoting "subversion." The response of most of the country amounted to lagging the report as some sort of throwback to Stone Age mentality. Rut if R. Carroll Reece is a caveman, it is only in a political sense. For Reece is an educated man, with some claim to scholarship, according to his biography in the Congressional Directory. Once Reece even came up from Tennessee I" assume lhe posl as director ol the School eef Business \dmini-lration eef New York University. He has been educated in a number of universities, including NYC and the University of London, and in addition to being a lawyer with a degree of Doctor of Caws, is also an economist with a claim to standing in scholarly circles. He is a member of the American Economic Association, the American Statistical Association and the American Academy of Political Science. So it should be clear thai though there may be madness in lhe ttf which Recce sigm'el ascribing I'1'.' tion of "subversion" and "colic l|Nl lee the big money foundations and i0' ,V. Y. Times. Nl Y. Ilerald-Tribli'"-' Washington Post and Times-ller"''* is nol a badness withoul method' method is one which apes Mi'". and goes him one better. The goal intimidate and silence any p<''""" group which dissents from the doi"' policy of the National Associati"! the Manufacturers, and from lhe f0^ policy of the War-Now mob. Some say that one of Reece' say peeves was that lhe headlines wh another hearing itiee : his commit"'1 j carrying on its probe last June; other bearing was the Army-Met-" fracas. Recce's committee final') the headlines with ils reporl lasl I but it must be said thai there wa" aiderable justification for hi~ "'I"' feeling thai his hearings rated top treatment. It is doubtful thai even the U Senator from Wisconsin ever co'1<lj inquisitions which were so c' staged to serve reaction, so bi&*1 the charges that were solemnly , „„j „„, i :„._ .i i ti.o of Mr. t school c lhat mai a"d stat, ederal , '""Id ho! *,°"imun hem aft, lederal , gfam of ''on, giv come ,ti ;ural sfa b<;causc areas. TheC right to a"d som !*ral s h Past ■re,d«-al a y Unii f«<* bti "lions. build scl Cen. fovernm, i-T, a"< fa,r>y sh, ?Syd Wh °f s< Where ,1 hkely ,0 We *h0 m . are Var'ous s so'6 Sch< .""Port t lion. are M'l"..,|s v *e m, ,!rsity le £h°ols. , and entered into the record. The p[\ [ax,,. was so raw that they were co"" over the continued protests of l[, Democratic members, Gracie Pfe'j u of Idaho, and Wayne L. Hays. "' The Peop whi S ^dilic New Yor| I- ! *0li1' 'ro1 of 0„ FACTS FORUM NEWS, Febrtit , I Pacts f
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