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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 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 —Wide World r* City where Sena* hamefully ab»l ;ressional inve* ation of James' e New York /M tre. itings prove j» unism long bef* ed. As early' a book on J"! exposed the sne# infiltration i» it Wechsler on] ler naturally <|* i anti-commun'* :hibit a staters* Committee of" 1952, critic! euthers and DuD" the gall to A himself had *| :atement.7 ;nt of Wechsler, as presumed to igation, was sh° 'ho have oilier* Sign-carrying supporters of Senator McCa Communism in New York, joined the group censure move against the Wisconsin Senator. applauded McCarthy's anti-Communist aggressiveness and who have little sympathy for Wechsler's political point of view.7 A congressional hearing is hardly the place to give vent to personal opinions on newspapers. But McCarthy, at the Wechsler hearing, said, regarding the New York Post, "Your paper in my opinion is next to and almost paralleling the Daily Worker."7 McCarthy operates on the presumption that anyone who criticizes Joe McCarthy is a Communist. If he does not have the courage to say so directly, he manages to do it by inference and innuendo. UNFAIR PRESS CLAIMED McCarthy claims that the newspapers of America do not give him a fair press that they color, twist, and distort everything he does and says. There is a small grain of truth in this McCarthy complaint; but Elmer Davis, tli,. eminent journalist and author, has told the whole truth of the matter and put it in proper context.8 sher Palmer Hoy* —Wide World Ph William F. Buckley, Jr. FACTS FORUM NEWS, January, 1955 —Wide World Photo rthy, members of the Joint Committee Against which traveled to Washington to protest the In his most recent best-selling book, Elmer Davis points out that on the McCarthy issue, newspapers and radio news reporters have a responsibility to interpret and explain the news they report.8 The McCarthy technique is so successful in confounding a small fact with a big fiction, of coloring a little truth with a great lie, that innocent readers have no way of evaluating what McCarthy says. Elmer Davis holds, therefore, that newspapers should mix interpretations with naked fact when reporting McCarthy — should present their McCarthy coverage in such a way as to help the readers make a true evaluation of McCarthy. Elmer Davis has fearlessly recommended that the news reporters of America handle the McCarthy news in this way, even if it violates a fundamental principle of journalism — even if it brings the editorial page to the front page.8 In one brief sentence, Elmer Davis sums up the whole problem of reporting McCarthy news: "More and more newsmen, in press and radio both, are coming to realize thai . . . [they] must develop a form of reporting which puts into context what men like McCarthy have to say."8 Palmer Hoyt, publisher of the Denver Post, shares Elmer Davis' point of view. Hoyt, in fact, has issued a memorandum telling the staff of the Denver I'osl how to treat the news about McCarthy so that Ihe readers of the Denver Post will not be deceived by McCarthy.8 "Many charges made by reckless or impulsive public officials," Palmer Hoyt has told the staff of the Denver Post, "cannot and should not be ignored, but news stories and editorials can be presented in such a manner that the reading public will be able to measure the real worth or value and the true meaning of the stories."8 If McCarthy had actually uncovered a great army of hidden Communists, or had supported any effective anti-Com munist legislation, it might be difficult to give a categorical answer to the question of whether he has done more harm than good. But inasmuch as most of the cases V, bich McCarthy has ever mentioned had been thoroughly investigated and reported before McCarthy ever got hold of them; and inasmuch as McCarthy, by his reckless distortions and brutal slanders of innocent people, has created grave suspicions about the whole anti- Communist movement in America — not to mention the national fear, hysteria, suspicion, and mutual distrust which he has caused — it can hardly be denied by any reasonable man that Joe McCarthy has done infinitely more barm than good. * * it it * That was one side of the question. Here is the other side—arguments of some who do "not" think that McCarthy is doing more harm than good. » * » * # Since Joe McCarthy made his first anti-Communist speech in 1950, the number one objective of the Communist party I .S.A. has been to destroy McCarthy — to discredit him so completely that no one will believe what he says; to make his name a synonym for irredeemable evil; and to keep him so involved in side battles, defensive rear guard actions, and tangential issues that he simply will not have the time or energy for carrying on an effective campaign against communism.9 The McCarthy issue has more clearly demonstrated the terribly effective power of the Communist influence in American life than any other phenomenon in the past thirty years. The Communist party itself, made up of a relatively small group of quite shabby people who are generally de- —Wide World Photo Senator and Mrs. Joseph McCarthy look over a booklet entitled "Throw the Bum Out," containing excerpts of articles denouncing him in the Communist Daily Worker. Page 13 EWS, January
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