Friday, March 19, 2010

Express wrong about McCarthy

It would appear that the editorial board of the Mountain Express is too slothful to research their editorials or are (willfully?) ignorant of history.

In Friday's piece they take Ms. Cheney to task by accusing her of McCarthyist tactics. They say that Sen. McCarthy was unable to support his allegations of spies in the State Department.

Well, the Venona project, KGB files released after the fall of the Soviet Union and Sen. Patrick Moynihan, that bastion of conservative thought, have all shown that not only was McCarthy right in his allegations but, Alger Hiss, the No. 3 person in the State Department in the late 40s and early 50s, was an active spy for the Soviet Union along with several hundred other government employees.

The argument Ms. Cheney made about the present Department of Justice matter is another matter for another day, but the continued use of a canard that has been dispelled for almost two decades speaks to the mind set of persons who should research their view points-of-view before publicly opening their mouths. All the more so from editorial writers who are generally expected to ascertain their facts.

Mike Burke

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