Blacklisted by history : the untold story of Senator Joe by McCarthy, Joseph /.; McCarthy, Joseph; Evans, Medford

By McCarthy, Joseph /.; McCarthy, Joseph; Evans, Medford Stanton; McCarthy, Joseph

Accused of making a bogus pink Scare and smearing numerous blameless sufferers in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. A part century after his loss of life, his identify is still synonymous with witch hunts. yet that snapshot is incorrect, as veteran journalist Evans continues during this groundbreaking publication, in line with six years of in depth study. Drawing on primary Read more...

summary: Accused of constructing a bogus purple Scare and smearing numerous blameless sufferers in a five-year reign of terror, Senator Joseph McCarthy is remembered as a demagogue, a bully, and a liar. A part century after his dying, his identify is still synonymous with witch hunts. yet that photo is inaccurate, as veteran journalist Evans keeps during this groundbreaking booklet, in keeping with six years of extensive learn. Drawing on basic sources--including U.S. govt files and FBI records, in addition to contemporary examine from Soviet archives--Evans provides irrefutable facts of a constant Communist force to penetrate our govt, impression its rules, and thieve its secrets and techniques. He additionally exhibits that U.S. officers supposedly guarding in contrast hazard not just permit it ensue yet actively lined it up--precisely as Joe McCarthy contended. This booklet claims to supply the 1st actual account of what McCarthy did and, extra widely, what rather occurred to the USA in the course of the chilly War.--From writer description

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Why such a mind-set should exist, and what it says about the state of journalistic ethics, are intriguing questions, but less important than the effects of such slovenly reportage on our understanding of the Cold War and Joe McCarthy’s involvement in it. Multiply such episodes many-fold, over a considerable span of years, and the cumulative impact in terms of spreading disinformation on McCarthy and his times is obviously enormous. Finally, less glaring than these journalistic pratfalls, but more harmful, are misstatements that occur in standard biographies of McCarthy and political histories of the era.

However, a trip to Wheeling would reveal that these documents, too, were missing. For one thing, the Intelligencer no longer had a morgue of stories from the 1950s. Instead, back issues of the paper were now on microfilm at the Wheeling public library. This seemed fair enough, and as the library was only a couple of blocks away, not an overwhelming problem. However, a visit there produced another disappointment. All issues of the paper, dating to the nineteenth century, were microfilmed and apparently in their appointed places—except the issues that were in question.

In the usual Herblock treatment, McCarthy was a swarthy, bearded caveman wielding a gigantic club with which to knock his victims senseless, or an ogreish creature emerging from a sewer manhole bearing a bucket of filth to slosh on his opponents. These oft-reprinted Herblock drawings are doubtless a main source of the impression that McCarthy was some kind of loathsome monster. There were, however, many verbal renderings of McCarthy that weren’t too different from the Herblock version. Among the more notable of these was the word portrait of McCarthy painted by New Yorker correspondent Richard Rovere in his book Senator Joe McCarthy (1959), depicting its subject as a crazed, barely human, creature.

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