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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-12-11 11:57 PM
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Rachel Maddow screwed up tonight.
Not a serious mistake, but one nonetheless.

She had Joe McCarthy going after Hollywood, looking for Commies.
It was the House Un-American Activities Committee, not McCarthy, who went after Hollywood commies.

McCarthy went after commies he saw in our government.
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tabatha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-12-11 11:59 PM
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1. It was Huckabee's HIStory
that had Reagan fighting communism in Hollywood, because he was a friendly witness for Joe McCarthy.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 01:43 AM
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2. The term McCarthyism encompasses both.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCarthyism

The most famous examples of McCarthyism include the speeches, investigations, and hearings of Senator McCarthy himself; the Hollywood blacklist, associated with hearings conducted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC); and the various anti-communist activities of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) under Director J. Edgar Hoover. McCarthyism was a widespread social and cultural phenomenon that affected all levels of society and was the source of a great deal of debate and conflict in the United States.
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 02:02 AM
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3. HUAC was first.
Edited on Fri May-13-11 02:03 AM by Archae
HUAC went after the "Hollywood commies" in the late 40's, McCarthy knew a good thing when he saw it, so he concocted his infamous "list."

Reagan just about *WAS* a commie himself, until he got jobs from right-wing businesspeople.
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 04:01 AM
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5. Of course he was! All those union organizers are!
;)
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-13-11 03:06 AM
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4. I loved Rachel's show tonight and want to thank the DUer who told me it was great.
It was.
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