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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 8, September 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 8, September 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date September 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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Transcript les 10:00P in 9:30p on 7:30P mrs 9:00p an 9:30P e announced e announced it 7:16P en 6:30 P it 5:00p ,e announced ,o announceel in 9:30r en 3:00 P in 12:00n 3:30P (1:30P 8:30P 10:468 2:00p 6:30P 5:30P 9:15 P 8:00P 9:30P 9:30P 9 all) P 10:00 8 5:00P 10:15P 3:30 P 30 P SOP 30 P 30 P 301' )I1 9 :3U p n 6:30P =(1 9:45i> n 1 :00 p t. 6 :00 p n 7:30p n 8:30p n 12:46p n 6:45P n 8:30p „ I :00 p <• jn nounced Hi 10:00p »11 8:30p n 8:30p | t, 3 :30 P 1 tl 9:46 P i 8:30p ee 9:30 P >n 7:30P in 7:30P n 2:18 P 6:00 P n 3:00P 7:15P 6:00P 6:30P 7 510 1' 7:30P 7:30P 7:3»P Concerning the article on "Book Burning' by Victor Lasky, appearing below on this page, the HON. KARL E. MUNDT, U. S. Senator of South Dakota, has this to say: "litis article provides challenging reading for anybody seriously interested in preserving the First Amendmenl eunl complete freedom of press and information. "Obviously, if certain books an- banned by the personal prejudice of biased librarians or if they are condemned by a chorus of book reviewers with precon- ceived opinions about what Americans should read, lhe odious practice of book burning has been carried to Ihe nth degree by eliminating books from reading rooms even before critics can pounce upon tin-in. anil carry them to a greedy fire. "Mr. Lasky raises some soul-searching questions lo be answered objectively by those opposed to censorship whether il be by governmenl edict or bv individual bias. "Is il true thai pro-ConiniiinisI books usually receive favorable book reviews while anti-Communist books are given llie brush-off or a black eye? "I> it true theit hooks favorable lo For- mosa or to the free Chinese are con- demned and discouraged whereas books favorable to Communist China and criti- cal of Chiang Kai-shek are applauded and recommended for library purchase? "Is il true lhal books which are supercritical of congressional investigating committees and the FBI are encouraged and their perusal advocated whereas caustic criticism and condemnatory comments are directed at books which defend congressional investigation commit- le-i-s and support the FBI? "Is il I rue that the Library Journal published by Virginia Kirkus has become a "tip sheet' for unsuspecting librarians through which ideological predilections toward the left are espoused and by which books supporting our private enterprise concepts and the constitutional practices of lhe Republic are excoriated? "Is it true lhal book reviewers for the New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune, and the Saturday Review have become a claque of critics chorusing sharp criticism of such ancient and hon orable American virtues as patriotism, loyalty, private ownership, and the rights of states and individuals as against the central government? Is Boston's chief librarian. John M. Carroll, correct in his warnings about the Library Journal and its tendency to present to librarian- ee biased and a prejudiced picture? "Busy senators find little time to read book reviews and less time to review- books. Therefore. I raise these questions for others to answer. However. Mr. Las- kv's reputation is great enough to al leasl justify an efforl to find honesl answers to the questions growing out of his stimulating article. Surely, America wants no more of book banning than il does of book burning. "Individual librarians, library boards, book selection committees, and the publishers of America's great newspapers and book review sections would do wrell to re-examine their procedures to make certain there are straightforward and correct answers to the questions raised by Mr. Lasky. Book readers, generally, and those who are inclined to rely on book reviewers to determine their reading diets would do well to give personal study lo what they see in book review- compared with what they read in books in order to make sure that those who publish, review, and recommend books contribute to the enlightenment of tin public rather than engage in propaganda thinly concealed behind ei facade of respectability." BOOK BURNING-How the Librarians do it by VICTOR LASKY, author and former editor of American Legion Reporter Diverse, indeed, are lln- ways of the book-burners. In Milton. Mass.. for example, the town librarian refused lo buy Eugene W. Castle's book llillions. Blunders anil Baloney. Sin- explained thai it weis "a -|i'n;iilii- eillaek with inaccuracies eunl written with assumption." Castle's assumption, based on several years <>f personal observations abroad. was thai United Stales foreign aiel eunl overseas propaganda do us more harm than good. Admittedly, thai is a controversial assumption. lint mi is Elmer Davis' Hut We Were Horn Free, which can be found in lhe Milton Miliary. Apparently, the librarian Sccepts its basic assumption—that American freedoms an- rapidly disappearing under the whiplash of Mc- Carthyism. But there are those in Milton, whose taxes support lhe library, who would llii- article reprinted from June 11. 1955 '—en- nf Human Events. ' pACTS FORUM NEWS, September, 1955 disagree. Vet. no one questions the li- brarian's right to purchase the F.lmer Davis book. Or. for lhat matler, the recent penny dreadful by lhe brothers Alsop, denouncing Admiral Strauss as the villain in tin- Oppenheimer case, which was eriti- e i/e'el even by tbe physicist himself for intemperateness. The librarian's charge of inaccuracies hardly holds water since only recently llu- Milton library obtained a copy of Justice William O. Douglas' highly inaccurate Almanac oj Democracy. In it. Douglas said 58,000 court-approved wiretaps had taken placi' in New York: the correct figure weis under ,S00. Yet, despite- her aversion to inaccuracies, lhe Milton librarian has not i unsigned tlie Douglas book to the furnace. lu itself. Milton's ban on the Castle linok is not too important. Whether or not the book is good or bail, accurate nr inaccurate, is of no importance, either. The real issue is whether librarians should be permitted to purchase books -nil K on the basis of their personal opinions. Are ihey entitled to ban books not conforming with their ideological predilections? If the) are. then the American Library Association was absolutely right when, in 1943, it endorsed a statement proclaiming that "the freedom to read i> iii danger." The proclamation denounced attempts lo list books and authors as "objection able" or "controversial"' and efforts "In remove hooks from sale, tei censor textbooks. . . ." Noble sentiments, indeed. But the) overlook lln- fail that, quite often, librarians themselves "burn" books. As al Milton, the) jusl don't buy books the) don't like. Sometimes the librarians can'l help themselves. For example, in Teaneck, N. J., the chief librarian had decided against purchasing the Castle book since Pace 411
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