I know the media gets a lot of flack for twisting peoples ideas about what is going on in the world. It was used to turn Citizens of the United States against each other during the ‘Red Scare.’ But on this day in 1954, TV was used to set things right.
“In a dramatic confrontation, Joseph Welch, special counsel for the U.S. Army, lashes out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether communism has infiltrated the U.S. armed forces. Welch’s verbal assault marked the end of McCarthy’s power during the anticommunist hysteria of the Red Scare in America.”
This nationally publicized debate proved that while those in the entertainment field were being blacklisted and worst, the medium of television can be utilized as a tool to quell such paranoid propaganda.
Thank you Joseph Welch.
- Reading #1 (huacamstudies.wordpress.com)
- “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” McCarthy – Army Hearings, June 9, 1954 (historymartinez.wordpress.com)