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/* Where on Earth did this term's history come from? */ new section
I really want our articles on McCarthy to be cleaned up and made a shining example of conservative thought which is also accurate, balanced, fair, and of high encyclopedic quality. Let's tell the truth, and also make the reader aware of any lingering POVs that we think aren't true. We can do better than Wikipedia! --[[User:Ed Poor|Ed Poor]] <sup>[[User talk:Ed Poor|Talk]]</sup> 11:57, 15 September 2010 (EDT)
:McCarthy is more of a tragic figure then a demonic or heroic figure; he wasn't perfect, had many flaws, and suffered from being fed bad information by Hoover's FBI. He was barking up the wrong tree. But McCarthy's basic premise was correct, and much closer to the mark than his critics (the guilty parties who falsely claim to be 'victims' of McCarthyism are much deserving of condemnation). And now we more closely understand what the reality of the situation was, and ''why'' Hoover fed McCarthy bad information. [[User:RobSmith|Rob Smith]] 16:17, 21 September 2010 (EDT)
== Where on Earth did this term's history come from? ==
First of all, McCarthyism was not coined in Moscow as part of some Communist conspiracy. His claims regarding communists and the list (and subsequent fame) were not made until February of 1950. The term appeared in newspapers in March of 1950. How in the world would the people of Moscow know that some obscure Senator from Wisconsin would have such a meteoric rise in fame three months ahead of time? (Presuming it would have to be in 1949 since anytime later would be too late and anytime sooner would be even more ludicrous). I'll go through the rest of the article, but this isn't starting off promisingly. [[User:EnochCrosby|EnochCrosby]] 13:26, 23 November 2011 (EST)