-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
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-
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
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
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
FACTS FORUM NEWS, January,'