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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 7, August 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date August 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • 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 049
Transcript psychological response such as confidence following upon enthusiasm. The facl thai nol one conviction has resulted frnm McCarthy's activities is a valid objection to McCarthy's investigative racket, now fortunately a thing of the past. And McCarthy's so-called (by Buckley) reply of a logical nature does not einswe r the Liberals or prove in any wise their inability lo ihink. Is il nol reasonable lo conclude lhal if McCarthy failed to secure a conviction il possibly w;i~ line tn his incompetence? And if McCarthy is sn successful, whv should there la' "successful Communists who throw you off the hack"? And if there are persons about whose loveillv there is .1 reasonable doubt, who decides what ee "reasonable doubt" is? McCarthy? Mr. Buckley's naivete prevents him from realizing lhal whal lhe Liberals are driving al is nol lhal we should lei down our guard as far as subversion is concerned bul lhal we should conducl such investigations in a calm, level-headed, bipartisan fashion without lhe aspects nf ei Ringling-Barnum eK l.eeile-v circus characteristic nf McCarthy, and withoul 'lie feist and loose system i,I accusations, most of which, as Air. Buckley himself Hates, were false. If need he. we mighl mention the professional witness fees received bv many uf McCarthy's witnesses including the turncoat Matusow who campaigned for McCarthy in 1052. Air. Buckley mighl ihink il quite cynical for We lu stale lhal McCarthy has exploited the communism field as skillfully as a manufacturer of yoyos exploited yoyos 'hiring the days of lhe yoyo fad. In another piece in vour magazine Buckley stales lhal Ihe Liberals have grabbed power coarsely, which amounts '° a gratuitous and insignificant generalization. Air. Buckley, can vou ihink °f anyone else who has grabbed power coarsely"? With public relations firms and the resl i,l the Btandard equipment? And with methods more befitting an election for dogcatcher? To sum up: There is a case for conservatism and there is a ease againsl 'uii'ieilism. hut evidently Messrs. Buckley and Burnham are incapable and un- aWe lo make such cases, we mighl also. *nd very appropriately, turn around the Phraseology in the penultimate paragraph of page 55 of lhe some issue in r,5id: "When Buckley Ihinks. he tends '° Ihink illogically. He lends, moreover. '" hr inconsistent, and to ignore any evidence that fails lo harmonize with 'he verdict he proposes al all cost to fupport." Air. Buckley's rhetorical showboating" mav impress some of tour readers, hut vou may resl assured 'hat those' who have not declared intellectual bankruptcy will nol be impressed 1,1 the least. Jvmks E. Hkkiuin. Businessman Dallas. Texas KACTS FORUM NEWS, August, 1955 tn Irrefutable Intellectual Treat? The essay on "lhe Liberal Mind" by William I'. Buckley, Jr.. in vour June issue is an intellectual treat—closely reasoned, beautifully written, irrefutable. For the very reasons he sets forth, it could have no real effect on the misnamed Liberals, win- einv of them to read il. They are by this lime. alas, impervious In logic. Rut II is well thai lhe resl 'il us should have a clear understanding uf lhe menial and mural confusions of lhe breed. I should like to contribute an episode to Air. Buckley's documentation. Il seems lu mi' pertinent because il grew out of lhe J. 11. Matthews affair, which Mr. Buckle) dealt wilh. and involves Joseph Alsop. whom he cited eit one point as ein example of Liberal behavior. I In- correspondence I proceed to sum up strikingly reveals not onlv Mr. Alsop's inability lo ihink clearly where his emu lion- eire engaged hut. mure serious, his cavalier attitude toward truth. His journalistic ethics appear shabby and cynical te. an extraordinary degree, hut his typically Liberal self-righteousness is so overwhelming lhal he does nol hesitate lo confess lo a disdain for fails which, in anyone else, he would himself. I feel sure, recognize as immoral. Rack in July. 105.'!. when lhe Matthews slorv weis oil tlle frunl pages, el column hv Joseph Alse.ii moved me lo write a letter lo ihe New York Herald-Tribune. I began by pointing mil lhal 'The kind eef people emd publications which howl in protest when an alleged Communisl is 'smeared' nol onlv have failed lo rally tn Dr. Matthews bul have joined in know-nothing attacks nn him.*' Then I came lo "a shocking example of ibis gang-up": I refer 'o the amazing statement hv Joseph Alsop lhal "Air. Matthews charged lhal 7.000 Prnleslanl clergymen were secrel agents of Moscow. This is misrepresentation so reckless, s,, unfair. so remote from what Dr. Matthews did charge thai there is no polite word lo describe ii. Lei Mr. Alsop. in deference lo his conscience, poinl out where and when Dr. Matthews accused 7.000 clcr- gvineu of being "secrel agents." The figure referred to Communists, fellow travelers, dupes, and secret agents—which is certainly a horse of another color. In lhe nature of lhe case onlv et few could have served secretly; the Matthews article, page afler page, shows lhat feir frnm acting secretly lhe clergymen in question gave their names and llieir energies lo Kremlin causes openly. I submit that nothing in Dr. Matthews' article is as morally reprehensible as ibis wild falsification. The letter, of course, weis nul published. The Herald-Tribune until recently found itself chronically short nf space where certain viewpoints were concerned. Rut Airs. Helen Reid, then the publisher, advised mc that she heul forwarded my communication lo Air. Alsop. Since I was interested in pinpointing the columnist's misstatement publicly. her gambit, turning it into a private correspondence, was not exactly cricket. Rut the results were interesting, if nul useful. For in a few days I received an answer from Air. Alsop. An incredible answer, coining from ei journalist. The ni-l of it weis in this paragraph: The point yuu make is a distinction withoul ei difference. I do nol feel obliged U) quote ei man nf the character uf J. R. Matthews in extenso. I ihink what 1 wrote conveyed lhe exact sense lhal he intended lo convey. Mr. Alsop. believe it or not. nul only st I pal on his palpable falsehood bul he I..ok ihr position thai where anyone wheese- character he happened In disapprove was involved, he reserved the right In dispense with accuracy! 1 had not argued lhal he should quote Dr. Matthews "in extenso." hut only lhal he was under a simple human eunl profes- siuiieil obligation nol lo misquote him. as he heul sei obviously done. Dr. Matthews. he admits in effect, eliel nol sav there were e.000 clerical secret agents l.ul it weis. iii Mr Msop's superior judgment. whal hr "intended In convey." \ohiidv who read llu- Matthews article lhal lunched off lhe fracas, or his other writings on the senile subject, eniilil agree with the Alsop judgment. Alsop. however, heis ei God-given righl to he wrong. An honest procedure, therefore, would have been lo sav: Dr. Matthews does not write lhal the 7.000 clergymen were secret agents; in facl. he indicates lhal few if anv of them operated secretly; bul he can'l fool an Alsop I know that he wanted in convey the idea lhal they were all subterranean spies. That, eil least, woulel have made honest nonsense. Instead nf which he short-circuited (be argument with a forthright assertion lhal Matthews had "charged thai 7.000 Protestant clergymen were secrel eiiicnis of Moscow." Because my letter had been addressed to the newspaper, nol io Mr. Alsop. I livpass.al the gentleman and wrote once more lo Airs. Reid. Alt. Usop's confession lhal he considers himself relieved of the nerd in write fairly and accurately about those whom be dislikes. 1 said, simplifies matters a lot. Let the columnist provide ;i guide-list of persons whose words he considers himself privileged to I wist out of shape. If Airs. Reid and bis other publishers made the list public, llieir readers would be forewarned emd in a better position thenceforth to csli- male the vcreuilv nf Alsop reports. Thai seemed In me. and still dues, an (Continual on Parte ■'," I Page I.
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