How a Newsman Demolished a Demagogue

This 1954 television takedown is a lesson for today

To some Americans, Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin was a patriotic populist; to others he was a dangerous demagogue. Serving as a senator during the height of the Cold War, McCarthy became so well-known for his incendiary rhetoric against Communism that his brand of politics was soon labeled…



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Barry Silverstein

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