Talk:Edward R. Murrow

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I just added a great deal of info on this topic. Still need to add more biographical info. Scorpio 14:29, 21 August 2007 (EDT)

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Senator McCarthy was a communist in a few ways. He was not pro-American because he tried to censor the minds of people that were in America by taking down anyone with no proof, whatsoever. Ferthermore, he was not under attack because nobody would ever dare to attack Senator McCarthy for fear of being brought down themselves. He used fear and broke what is stated in the constitution (there was no proof needed to convict a person of being a communist, which you could be sent to jail for, and also lose what was basically your life) because of what he said. How is that pro-American? --Rocky

This would not equate to McCarthy being a Communist. Communism is a specific economic/social belief structure. DanH 02:08, 28 April 2008 (EDT)
Though Senator McCarthy's methods were often deplored by others, his reasons for engaging in his actions were to be a benefit to the United States. He did help uncover a vast network of people whose loyalties were suspect (at best). History has borne out that the fruit of his labor was a safer America.
Was he a demogouge? Most certainly. But to throw out his entire effort because his methods were somewhat distasteful misses the point. MargeryCampbell 02:16, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

I don't think people were sentenced to prison because of their communist beliefs, they usually just lost their jobs. (RR would boot the Hollywood "Reds" from SAG) ---user:DLerner--- 14:32, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

Rocky, if you have a reference that supports your claim taking down anyone with no proof you should supply it. As far as I know, just the opposite is true. --Ed Poor Talk 14:35, 28 April 2008 (EDT)

I would just like to say, to DLerner's comments that under the Smith Act, many communists were prosicuted and put into jail. Also, as a response to Ed Poor's comment, one of the most famous lines that Senator McCarthy said was, and I quote as best I can, "I have here in my hand a list of 205—a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping policy in the State Department." However, nobody has ever seen that list of people that was in his hand. Also, what people that were of a questionable loyalties that he prosicuted, Miss Campbell. Thank you for taking the time to read this long response. Also, DanH, that is not what I ment by communist. I ment that, in most communist countries, the government tries to censor what you think and what you know. I did not literally mean that he was a communist. --Rocky

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