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Letter to Fox News Employees from the Boss: “The McCarthy Era.”

Written by Gary North on May 29, 2013

Roger Aisles heads Fox News. Here is an extract from his letter.

“The recent news about the FBI’s seizure of the phone and email records of Fox News employees, including James Rosen, calls into question whether the federal government is meeting its constitutional obligation to preserve and protect a free press in the United States. We reject the government’s efforts to criminalize the pursuit of investigative journalism and falsely characterize a Fox News reporter to a Federal judge as a “co-conspirator” in a crime. I know how concerned you are because so many of you have asked me: why should the government make me afraid to use a work phone or email account to gather news or even call a friend or family member? Well, they shouldn’t have done it. The administration’s attempt to intimidate Fox News and its employees will not succeed and their excuses will stand neither the test of law, the test of decency, nor the test of time. We will not allow a climate of press intimidation, unseen since the McCarthy era, to frighten any of us away from the truth.”

I find it curious that he should invoke “the McCarthy era.” What press intimidation was there in “the McCarthy era”? Senator McCarthy said there were Communists in the U.S. government. There were. Journalist M. Stanton Evans has covered this at length in his revisionist book on McCarthy, Blacklisted by History.

The Left successfully tagged Senator Joseph McCarthy’s warnings about this as “McCarthyism.” So successful was this media campaign that we find the conservative head of a TV network referring to “the McCarthy era” as if there had been a well-organized effort by McCarthy to suppress the media by means of government power.

Why not identify the practice as having been widespread in “the Lincoln era”? That would be accurate. Also accurate: “the Wilson era.” Surely it applies to “the LBJ era.” I am willing to accept it as applicable in “the Nixon era.” But, no, that would not do. It had to be “the McCarthy era.” This is pandering to the liberal media.

I think it is a good idea to avoid pandering to the liberal media.

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19 thoughts on “Letter to Fox News Employees from the Boss: “The McCarthy Era.”

  1. I think you meant to refer to "Roger Ailes" in this story.

  2. In fact only about 200 people (screenwriters, directors, actors) were negatively affected (job loss) by the McCarthy hearings. They worked under pseudonyms or went into exile as a result, although many recovered their Hollywood careers after the death of "Tailgunner Joe". The propaganda value and hard sell of a pervasive, ever-present "McCarthyism" has far outweighed the actual damage he did during a couple of years in the early 1950's.

    Plus, since the declassification in the 1990's of the KGB archives under glasnost, we now know there were hundreds of Soviet agents inside government whose stated goal was to bring down the West (I would say they have largely succeeded by now). Alger Hiss really WAS working for Moscow and sending them secret information. Same with Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. They were not "smeared" or "railroaded" as the propagandists still insist.

  3. Wait a minute!!! Someone in the press has the epiphamy that the federal government is violating the Constitution!!?? Could it be? A sacred 1/5 of the first ammendment, the other 4/5 of the first and the other nine amendments can go to heck. Freedom of the press has been violated. Call to Arms, Call to Arms. The Supreme Court has been legitamizing tyranny for 150 years, and the press was complicit. Welcome to the land of the free, it was on the map.

  4. Lucky3511 says:

    Obama is 100 times as bad as McCarthy. I did not hear of murders being covered up under McCarthy. I do not believe any president has been so far out on the illegal side of presidency than Barack Hussein Obama, Emperor 1st

  5. the only thing McCarthy did wrong was to let the liberals shout him down

  6. Davnkatz says:

    All I can really say is McCarthy was absolutely correct about the invasion of communism – especially in the arts. So what went wrong? He was undone by some of his investigators who went to ridiculous lengths to invent evidence to mislabel truly innocent people. That creates an interesting situation. Think of the movie "The Green Berets". The ARVN Capt Nim was explaining to the reporter (David Janssen) about the VC. Capt Nim said, "I have VC in my own attack force." Now think of all the RINOs. A central point of operation by liberals/commies/etc is to operatives into the Conservative camps. Now, do you get it?
    McCarthy was NOT discredited by his accusations of communist infusion into all parts American life. He was discredited by the actions of some of his investigators. Communist implants? Without A DOUBT.

  7. Davnkatz says:

    Now, what about all those who identify the lies, deceptions, evidence of anti-Americanism, etc, found in the obozo administration. Those seeking to delegitimize such claims simply refer to "McCarthyism" to silence opponents. It is so surprising and discouraging to learn that a number of honest, America-loving, dedicated veterans have bought into the lie.

  8. I wouldn't call it "pandering to the liberal media" so much as unthinkingly allowing liberals to set and control the terms of the debate. People on the right side of the aisle do that a lot.

  9. Yeah, I think the AP had that same epiphany recently.

  10. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Fox news should have been banned for their FASCIST tactic leading up to and during the Iraq war, calling those who dissented with Bush's blunder "unpatriotic"! It was chilling and sadly very effective.

  11. Of course, the reason Fox News can't be banned is because of the First Amendment, which we all respect. Right See more?

  12. As Joe McCarthy was stopped at the very beginning of his operation to weed out Communists in our government – AND institutions – all that has happened is the evil ones were left in place. NOW look at the state of our country. The Communists OWN it and will have to be exterminated like the VERMIN they are. This mess will take the REAL AMERICANS decades to undo all their damage. We need to start the trials for treason soon and start hanging them by the hundreds. Maybe THEN they will get their ugly, treacherous, vile ways our of OUR country.

  13. Seymour Kleerly says:

    It was the mouthpiece for an administration selling and implementing a war which was horrible in every possible way. Their FASCIST bullying and deception was way over any "free speech" line.

  14. "Their FASCIST bullying and deception was way over any "free speech" line."

    Here is the text of the First Amendment…
    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Where is this "line" you speak of?

    Creating "free speech lines" is how you get fascism See More.

  15. Fred J Fisher says:

    Your post reflects the kind of infernal ignorance that led to the destruction and eventual death of a great patriot, Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy. Using information given to him by the FBI, the Senator, was investigating communists working in the Departments of the Army and State. Senator McCarthy had NOTHING to do with Hollywood. That nest of snakes and thieves was under investigation by Texan Marin Dies, Chairman of the House of Representatives Un-American activities Committee.

  16. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Even if liberals were wrong opposing the Iraq war, impuneing their Patriotism like Fox News and Talk Radio did for the Bush administration, is horrible. If not illegal it should be. Dissent is an American right and not to be quashed. The worst part is Fox paid no price for it's dasderdly work. Would you have approved of Goebel's propaganda based on free speech? They claimed attacks on Germans were the justification for their wars of aggression!

  17. "Even if liberals were wrong opposing the Iraq war, impuneing their Patriotism like Fox News and Talk Radio did for the Bush administration, is horrible."

    Liberals were not wrong to oppose the Iraq war, I saw through Bush's lies before the USA even invaded. I also was disgusted with Fox and talk radio at the time and just shut them off.

    "If not illegal it should be."

    It isn't illegal and it can't be, because of the First Amendment, which has no exceptions.

    "Dissent is an American right and not to be quashed."

    I totally agree.

    "Would you have approved of Goebel's propaganda based on free speech?"

    I would toss his leaflets into the trash and turned off his radio broadcast but I wouldn't want the government to arrest him, because speech itself should be free(in terms of liberty of course, not cost).

  18. Seymour Kleerly says:

    Believe me, I knew the war was BS. before the invasion also. I was shocked and depressed watching Fox News run interference for the Neo Cons and the hapless Bush. How did they get away with it? We all suffered and Fox is still deceiving too many people. Greed (ratings) rules and America loses.

  19. Abinadi says:

    I am so happy I live in America. We have been able to voice our opinion and not worry about reprisal. However the government is now beginning to take away our rights. They are not paying the bills which will lead our country to destruction_from within. The people with their hands out had a chance to change the direction of our financial mess by voting for Romney_in the past election, but they did not heed the wise choice and the needs have increased and we are headed for destruction._Those of us who did heed and voted wisely will have to suffer along with those who thought the only way to save their butts was to keep Obummer in office.