The Anti-Communism of Senator McCarthy:
It Slays More Friends Than Foes
Stalin had died, and the scramble for the succession was on. From the Soviet’s East European satellites came premonitory rumbles. Soon they were to swell into the roar of the “June Days” in East Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. Every day brought new propaganda opportunities to the free world, and as usual, intensified Soviet jamming operations signaled Moscow’s distress and vulnerability.
It was the long awaited turning point of the cold war. Our political warfare specialists should have been at their desks marshaling their data, pounding their typewriters, and beaming explosive broadcasts at a score of pin-pointed targets around the world.
Instead, a group of harassed and despondent executives and writers boarded a plane for Washington, where the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations was conducting one of the half-dozen official and unofficial investigations of the Voice of America to which that organization has been subjected during the past three years.
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