Come with us to Korea. We are going to walk invisibly alongside some GIs.”

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Good trick and good treat

October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween everybody! It’s hard to find a good Halloween post concerning the most serious of men, Edward R. Murrow. Read the rest of this entry »

Cronkite on WWII

October 25, 2006

Listen to Walter Cronkite recall The Battle of the Bulge on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Dec. 27, 2004.

HUAC

October 8, 2006

Joseph McCarthy wasn’t the only legislator abusing power. In the House it was the House Un-American Activities Committee and the infamous 1947 investigation into Communist propaganda in the film industry. You can see Walt Disney’s testimony here.

The House Committee on Un-American Activities is often confused with McCarthy’s investigations over in the Senate. Of course being in the Senate, McCarthy had nothing to do with the House committee. The House committee was chaired by John Parnell Thomas during those 1947 hearings, Thomas having served as chair until he was accused, tried and convicted of fraud. He resigned from Congress on January 2, 1950, disgraced. Freedom hating asshats always get their’s it seems.

Pardoned by Truman in 1952 he even made an attempt to reenter federal politics in 1954 but was defeated for the Republican nomination during the primary. Congress would have no more of his asshattery.

McCarthy’s fall, too, was fast and furious.

Cronkite reflects

October 3, 2006

On the 50th anniversary, March 9, 2004, of Murrow’s “See It Now” where he attacked Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s underhanded tactics while investigating Communist infiltration, Walter Cronkite looks back on NPR.

A letter from Murrow

September 27, 2006

See a letter from Edward R. Murrow to Eric Sevareid offering him a position with Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) Read the rest of this entry »

Murrow’s resignation

September 26, 2006

Lyndon B. Johnson’s acceptance of Edward R. Murrow’s resignation as the Director of the U.S. Information Agency (USIA). Read the rest of this entry »