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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
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  • 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 Photo Wisconsin Senator McCarthy (right) talks with Troup Mathews (left), Acting Chief of the French VOA desk, following Mathews' testimony before McCarthy's committee hearings into alleged sabotage of Voice of America programs. spised by the American public and who occupy a rather dubious legal position in our society, have yet managed to call the signals and direct the plays on one side of the most spectacular domestic political and ideological battle that has ever been fought on the American scene. COMMUNIST COINS "McCARTHYISM" A Communist writer in the Daily Worker first coined the word "Me- Carthyism." In a ranting, semi-literate article, he made McCarthyism out as worse than all of the other evils known to man. Now, the Daily Worker is such a silly, obviously unreliable and recognizably evil rag that no respectable American pays any attention to it.10 Within a few days after the McCarthyism term had first shown up in the Daily Worker, however, it began to show up in some of the biggest, most widely respected, and highly influential magazines and newspapers in America — not in the context of violent distortions and exaggerations that characterize the Daily Worker, but in urbane, restrained, polished, and convincing presentations. Before long, perfectly respectable- preachers, college professors, public speakers, students writing themes, commentators, and editorial writers — untold thousands of people who are called upon to express ideas and who draw on the great respected sources of information for help — were unconsciously and innocently following the Communist party line by decrying Mc- Carthyism.10 Let some prominent person or organization try to come to McCarthy's defense, and the Communist party in the same way sets the line of attack in the Daily Worker. The line is filtered into the great media of communication until speakers, radio and television commentators, letter writers, and editorializers all over the United States are hammering the same theme.10 Whereas the primary objective of this tremendous smear campaign against McCarthy is to discredit and destroy him, a very important secondary objective is to create diversionary activity — to draw attention from communism itself and to keep America's anti-Communist forces occupied, not in fighting communism, but in defending themselves, to keep Joe McCarthy occupied in lawsuits, hearings, anything that will keep him away from his anti-Communist work.11 For example, one lie about McCarthy that has been told by every anti-McCarthy newspaper and magazine in the United States is that in collecting $10,- 000 from the Lustron Company for writing a pamphlet on housing, Joe McCarthy did something dishonest. The transaction was quite open, honorable, and above-board. McCarthy proved as much when he sued the Syracuse Post- Standard newspaper for libel and collected a large sum of money from them and obliged them to print a complete retraction. Now, every other newspaper in the country that has printed that Lustron lie about McCarthy could be sued in the same way, and Joe could collect from them. And they know it. Yet they continue to print the lie. Why doesn't Joe su.- them: If Joe McCarthy sued everybody who tells lies about him. Joe McCarthy would spend the rest of his life tending tee bis own libel suits and wouldn't even have time to pay an occasional visit to the Senate, much less conduct Communist investigations.12 NO STONE UNTURNED Since 1950, some of the wealthiest and most powerful intellectual and political forces in America have been arrayed against Joe McCarthy. The anti-Mc- Carthyites have left no stone unturned. They have spent millions of dollars dig up anything about McCarthy they could find. Joe has been invi gated, officially and unofficially, by vate individuals, heavily-financed vate groups, by public bodies, by I ernmental agencies, and by congi sional committees. Both Truman a*, Eisenhower have used all the power &\ the prestige of the presidency agaitj him. Leading figures in both houses' Congress and in both major politi*] parties have done everything in tM power to pin something on Joe McC] thy. Yet Joe has not yet been leg»l charged with any crime or crimi1* misbehavior; and not one scandal' scandalous act has been proven agai*j him.13 After four years of such power? efforts to get Joe McCarthy, Joe >Q Carthy is still up and about, and «! should convince anyone that Joe's skij arc reasonably clean.13 When McCarthy got up in WhcelW West Virginia, in February, 1950, ** made his first anti-Communist speel McCarthy apparently did not know vo much about communism. He had sol* damaging facts, however, and he r his finger on a spot that to the C*> munist conspiracy in America was. raw nerve: the American State Dep** ment. The screams of rage and p*< that followed Joe's first anti-Corn1" nist speech seemed to baffle him much as they did anyone else.1' McCarthy suddenly discovered "' he had a bear by the tail, and be b*JJ let go yet. It is quite true that in the bcwil* ing days which followed the Wheel*' speech, when McCarthy was badge'* interviewed, and cross-examined at ev» turn, he did make loose, careless, i exaggerated statements. He talked aW Communists when he meant suspe* Communists. He talked about spj when he meant people who should investigated for espionage. But eveflj those days, when Joe McCarthy * groping and learning, he did not sW any innocent people, and he has "j smeared any since. When McCarthy returned to Wj ington after that first anti-Comm"* speaking tour in 1950, he found ■* be bad suddenly acquired a big gr| of powerful and determined ent'iiu1*' the United States Senate. They ha« ready taken up every minor misst' ment and error that McCarthy bad '"' and had fashioned them into weal* to prove that McCarthy was a liar A a scoundrel.15 They demanded that McCarthy "*! all the Communists in the State \ partment. Joe didn't want to n. names because be did not have elusive evidence. He said he did to run the risk of harming people might be proven innocent after >'* ligation. All that McCarthy wanted ave ' dn't A .... In1 I ri na In an sit in lb, of m he wi Page 14 FACTS FORUM NEWS, January,'
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