The Disgusting Embrace Of Witch-Hunting McCarthyism By 'Liberals'

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Submitted by Wayne Madsen via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

So-called «liberals» and «progressives», who once derided those on the political right who accused their ideological forbearers of kowtowing to the «Reds» and «Soviets» during the era of Senator Joseph McCarthy, have dusted off McCarthy’s playbook and are using the very same tactics against Donald Trump and his supporters. The modern-day McCarthyites, mostly neo-conservative Republicans and Hillary Clinton Democrats, are hitting the airwaves, print media, and the Internet hard with accusations of Russian links by Trump and his advisers while haphazardly throwing around lists of alleged «Russian agents».

There is very little difference between what McCarthy told the Ohio County Republican Women’s Club in Wheeling, West Virginia in 1950:

«I have here in my hand a list of 205 that were known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party and who nevertheless are still working and shaping the policy of the State Department».

In November 2016, a shadowy and anonymous group of self-described «nonpartisan» public policy wonks, computer scientists, and national security specialists calling themselves «PropOrNot» (Propaganda or Not) published a list of 200 websites cited as «peddlers of Russian propaganda during the election season, with combined audiences of at least 15 million Americans». The Washington Post, Associated Press, and other corporate-controlled media outlets dutifully reported this diatribe as «news». At least during the witch-hunting days of McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), those accused of being Communist agents knew who their accusers were and could face them down publicly.

Rather than condemn the modern-day witch-hunting by faux liberals and progressives, the American media has provided the accusers with maximum support. When CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow called out McCarthy for his bullying tactics on nationwide television, he received support from America’s major newspapers:

The conservative Washington Evening Star wrote: «everyone... resents and detests the bully boy tactics which Senator McCarthy so often employs.


The New York World Telegram: [describing McCarthy’s tactics] «Bamboozling, bludgeoning, distorting way».


The New York Times: [Condemned] «the unwarranted interference of a demagogue».

Today, The New York Times has been leading the charge against Trump and his transition team, citing an unfounded U.S. Intelligence Community report calling out the news network RT and Sputnik News for «interfering» in the U.S. election by pushing «fake news». The Times is engaged in a sort of demagoguery that Murrow, if he were alive today, would assuredly condemn. After exposing McCarthy before the nation as a dangerous demagogue, Murrow summed up his broadcast by issuing a stark warning the American public:

«We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home».

The list of 200 «pro-Russian» websites produced by an anonymous entity and endorsed by the corporate media also crept into the U.S. intelligence report on alleged Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee computers and private email of Clinton campaign officials. The U.S. Intelligence Community, which is well-known for marketing false intelligence on the former USSR, North Vietnam, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Iran, Cuba, Muammar Qaddafi’s Libya, and Bashar al-Assad’s Syria, added its own opinionated «chapeau» on the intelligence report’s screed about RT and Sputnik: the election interference was all personally directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin! Just as the Central Intelligence Agency’s dirty hands were all over the «Prop or Not» list, as they were on McCarthy’s phony list of 205 State Department «Red» employees, they were also on the personal attack on Putin.

Just as a number leading «progressives» were wedded to CIA propaganda efforts during the McCarthy era, they also surfaced to defend the CIA’s «Russia» witch-hunt against Trump. Bill Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich was among the CIA sycophants. Acting like a left-wing version of old Joe McCarthy, Reich wrote on his blog:

  • «[A] CIA assessment found that Russian operatives covertly interfered in the election campaign in an attempt to ensure the Republican candidate’s victory.
  • Several of Trump’s key campaign aides have close ties to Putin — including his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
  • Trump has picked for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, who is also close to Putin.
  • After becoming CEO, Exxon bet billions on Russia’s vast oil resources through a partnership with Russian oil giant Rosneft, owned partly by the Kremlin. Putin himself attended the 2011 signing ceremony for the deal».

Reich’s «list» is no different than the one Joe McCarthy waved in his hand while speaking to the old GOP biddies in Wheeling in 1950. Reich, in one fell swoop, netted all of his perceived Russian agents-of-influence: Trump, Putin, Manafort, Tillerson, ExxonMobil, and Rosneft. Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid added another name to the neo-McCarthyite «list»:

  • Trump adviser Carter Page, who had, before the election, committed the egregious infraction of visiting Moscow.

Two of Reid’s Senate Democratic colleagues, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, called for a full investigation of Trump’s national security adviser-designate, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, during his time as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Blumenthal and Shaheen, mustering up their best signature Joe McCarthy tactics, all-but-accused Flynn of passing U.S. secrets to foreign actors. The senators did not limit their witch hunt to Flynn’s time leading DIA but widened it to include his entire Army career. Without a shred of evidence, Blumenthal and Shaheen charged that Flynn provided «highly sensitive compartmented information and code word classified information about the Haqqani terrorist network to Pakistan». This was classic McCarthyism: toss out a charge without proof and await the damage to the political opposition.

For the record, in 2010 Blumenthal lied about serving in the military in Vietnam. After receiving more than five draft deferments between 1965 and 1970, Blumenthal received a commission in the Marine Corps Reserve in Washington, DC, where he organized a Marine «Toys for Tots» campaign. Senator Shaheen’s husband, New Hampshire Lebanese-American Democratic political operative Bill Shaheen, may have more than passing acquaintances with Lebanese-American supporters of the Saudi-supported Future Movement party run by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

During the McCarthy era, several leading lights of the progressive literati and glitterati class condemned the witch-hunting tactics of the right wing. Playwright Arthur Miller brought to the stage «The Crucible», a dramatic rendition of the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials in colonial Massachusetts. Miller’s intent was to show the American people that the anti-Communist hysteria of the late 1940s and early 1950s was no different than that displayed by the public during the Salem trials of the 17th century. The familiar «Are you now or were you ever a Communist?» refrain posed to Hollywood performers and directors by congressional committees was roundly condemned by such well-known actors as Humphrey Bogart, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Burt Lancaster, Danny Kaye, and Edward G. Robinson. It is beyond shameful that many of their not-as-talented Hollywood successors, individuals such as Rob Reiner, Jessica Chastain, Andy Richter, Whoopi Goldberg, and Albert Brooks, are now leading the neo-McCarthyite «Russian agent» charges against Trump and his incoming administration from the altar of Twitter.

In her famous 1950 «Declaration of Conscience» speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Maine Republican Margaret Chase Smith hit out at the McCarthyites of her day. She said the scourge of McCarthyism «spread like cancerous tentacles of ‘know nothing, suspect everything’ attitudes». Today, it is not the right that is spreading its «cancerous tentacles» of suspicion, but the fake «progressive left».

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RonnieM's picture
RonnieM (not verified) Jan 11, 2017 2:03 AM

Oops. Too many pop up ads.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) RonnieM Jan 11, 2017 2:09 AM

The left are now the imperialists and warmongers. The shift occurred at Occupy Wall Street.

The "Greens" in Germany had a faction that wanted to legalize pedophilia, they are the "free hugs" people.

Because in Islamic countries pedophilia is the norm, they appreciate that.

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yovatti (not verified) Chris Dakota Jan 11, 2017 2:10 AM


I'm so tired of all these ZH posts that are straight from Russian mouthpieces.



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PPT Inc. (not verified) yovatti Jan 11, 2017 2:14 AM

suck my uncut cock, jew-boy

Paul Kersey's picture

Damn, PPT Inc., when did ZH become an interdenominational internet dating site?

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) yovatti Jan 11, 2017 2:16 AM

How many Jew kids are sexually molested but it is never reported to the police?


ACP's picture

I'm so tired of these unemployed "correct the record" leftist extremist Clinton shills polluting these comment sections.

BabaLooey's picture


Who would have thought that the very people (actors, Hollywhack effluvia) would evolve into gov.bots?

Their outright denial of what Soetero has wrought on the world over the last 8 years is sickening.

"Obama did it" - should be ONE of the mantras used going forward.

You KNOW these same asshats are going to trash Trump over the slightest discretion.

"Blame Bush" was theirs. "OBAMA DID IT" SHOULD BE SAID OFTEN.

Handful of Dust's picture

I guess they don't read the papers that showed his bombing of hospitals, wedding parties, invading over 7 countries, encouraging criminals throughout the USA, and so on.

After all, they are all multi-millionaires who live in McMansions and have bodyguards 24/7. Plus, Hollywood makes alot more money during war times with all their films.

They obviously care little about middle class Americans or even poor blacks who have suffered greatly under Soweeto. Notice how they all want the PR of flying to Africa and hugging or adopting some little African instead of helping out some poor black born in America? It's very much the fad right now.

dogsandhoney2's picture

and they are the 1% that benefited from 8 years
of stock portfolio inflation by public debt.
whose teat?

Proctologist's picture

As long as we buy their Hollywood crap that's all they care about.

Then They back to living in their ivory tower.

We need to drop them in Aleppo for two weeks vacation so they can enjoy Barry's "progressivism" first hand.

Tallest Skil's picture

Reminder that McCarthy did nothing wrong and that you would have been convicted of treason under him.

BabaLooey's picture

Ya know what dickhead?

Prove it

In addition.

NO one's making you come here, or post here.


Fuck off.

I - along with many other AMERICAN "mouthpieces" - are tired of being fucking lied to by the MSM.

Go over to Yahoo - take this morning - more jacking off pieces of shit "farticles" about Soetero and his shamily for you to spoo goo out of your little weenus over.


Paul Kersey's picture

"The left are now the imperialists and warmongers."

The left, then how do you explain Lady Lindsey Graham and "Bomb, Bomb Iran" McCain? The establishment right and left, the right and left arms of Deep State, both have more than their share of imperialistic neocon war profiteers. Antiwar politicians like Ron and Rand Paul are the exceptions, and not the rule, when it comes to non-intervention.

lakecity55's picture

They are the same arm under a phony two-party scam.

Linseed and McPain are not republicans or democrats, they serve totalitarian statism.


RedBaron616's picture

Both parties are essentially the same. Both want more power and bigger government, even if they don't say so outright.

General Titus's picture
The spy who made McCarthy

New evidence reveals that the unwitting architect of the McCarthy witch-hunts was a Soviet agent

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) RonnieM Jan 11, 2017 2:14 AM


I don't even know any Russians.

you want world war, fuck you I hope you are killed by blacks in Tel Aviv.

Zero Point's picture

Ghostery and Adblock are currently blocking everything annoying just fine on my computer thanks.

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RonnieM (not verified) Jan 11, 2017 2:02 AM
Former analysts from Goldman Sachs  Can't argue with their preciseness and proven track record.
Paul Kersey's picture

RonnieM, you are an Elliot Wave spammer, and you gave your spam those two upvotes. Stay on topic or stay off the board.

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RonnieM (not verified) Jan 11, 2017 2:02 AM
Former analysts from Goldman Sachs  Can't argue with their preciseness and proven track record.
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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) RonnieM Jan 11, 2017 10:48 AM



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Victory_Garden's picture

And now for something completly different:


Carry on?

Boygoy's picture

The House Unamerican Affairs Committee, like the Russian Czar, failed to prevent the country from being taken over by the usual gang of subversives. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, the gang would love to do nothing more than get the gulags running in their USSA fief. Russians were able to defeat the German war machine much faster than they were able to recover from internal subversion at the hands of these bastards. I find it unlikely that America could withstand a powerful external assailant in its current degraded condition--much less throw off the shackles of its internal enslavement. But *now* is a transient state, perforce, and time has a way of smashing things that are fragile. This system based on lies and treason is nothing if not fragile. There is a good chance we get out of this thing within a generation or two, at which point we may again, God willing, recognize the country we live in as resembling, in essence if not in particular, the America we knew and loved.

spqrusa's picture

America is worth the destruction of its enemies especially the enemy within...

We can start with deportation of all those unable or unwilling to stand-by their oath of Citizenship to uphold the Constitution. There is nothing worse than immigrating a bunch of hopeless socialists from Canada, Mexico and China.

The_Dude's picture

McCarthy was right that the subversive commies were on the march. They have now infiltrated the media,  education, finance and large swaths of the political and judicial systems.

 We are paying for the fact that we let the liberals squash the people''s righteous concerns back then.  Now is the last chance to stand up!  Don't back down! 

FlKeysFisherman's picture

McCarthy was right that the subversive commies were on the march. They have now infiltrated the media,  education, finance and large swaths of the political and judicial systems.

 We are paying for the fact that we let the liberals squash the people''s righteous concerns back then.  Now is the last chance to stand up!  Don't back down! 




otschelnik's picture

This whole Russian "red" herring is in fact is an internecine conflict which the intelligence services are fighting with Mike Flynn, DJT's new national security advisor. Obama fired Flynn, supporting the CIA in this conflict over intelligence out of Syria. 

Many suspect that one of the swamps that they want to drain is the CIA / FBI / NSA and they're trying to make DJT look like he's 'soft on Russians' and compromised to stave off the cleaning the Augean stables.  

quadraspleen's picture

Absolutely. The CIA hate the NSA and the NSA hate the CIA. same with MI6 and GCHQ here. It's the old tradecraft boys vs the smarmy computery fucks. That last Bond movie had more truth in it than you'd think. Whenever a plane goes down I wonder whether or not there was an alphabet or weapons inspector on it. Their battles have broken into the light manu times in the past. Lockerbie was one time...

LyLo's picture

Anyone who questions this should seriously review Edward Snowden's past employment and present actions.  (Yeah, yeah, yeah: he's great and all, but isn't it odd that he had such great photos on all the covers of all the mags?  Not what usually happens with whistleblowers, right?  You guys should really dig on this one, as it ain't the pretty story you guys got sold...  Snowden admits he worked for the CIA, btw.)

The CIA hates the NSA so much, they seem willing to actually endanger US intel operations to hurt them.  Just remember that whenever an intelligence guy is on the teevee talking about how he'd love to give evidence of such-and-such, but can't because it would hurt US interests: the CIA was willing to expose our international spying agreements just to hurt the NSA.

Paul Kersey's picture

"Many suspect that one of the swamps that they want to drain is the CIA / FBI / NSA and they're trying to make DJT look like he's 'soft on Russians' and compromised to stave off the cleaning the Augean stables."

They are trying to discredit Trump and to keep him from getting sworn in, so that they can keep their jobs. Before they leave, they will be destroying a lot of their false "intelligence", and they will be covering the tracks of their internet porn. Believe me, in this age of surveillance, if the Russians had really sprung a "honey trap" on Trump, the video would have already been anonymously posted on the net.

AriusArmenian's picture

Paul Craig Roberts posted an article tonight saying in reference to the dossier from a British intelligence(?) agent:

"Why would such a crazy story be on CNN and in the New York Times unless the ruling establishment intends to use it to block Trump from the presidency?"

"What this elevation in wild charges tells me is that the CIA’s effort to sell Trump on the Russian hacking did not succeed, and the CIA has escalated its attack on the president-elect."

This is how I see it - the CIA is getting desperate and reckless.

This is very dangerous - anything could happen between now and 1/20. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Look out for CYA drones on the 20th.

They're programmed to be attracted to weddings and large gatherings.

damicol's picture

Trust in the Don. Don't try to second guess what he will do, don't waste time bloviating and speculating this or that.

The Don set up his stall over 18 months ago to hoots of laughter.

Wisely he did not announce to the world every move of every piece on he planned to make on his chessboard.

Just the result. He was 100 % correct, and no one saw the moves coming.

Do I think in the 2 months that have passed since the vindication and total and utter defeat of the GOP and the Filthy fucking rancid Dems, that somehow he suddenly lost ability, that somehow the next moves are beyond his capability, or that somehow his enemies have gathered together sufficient intelligence and cunning and abilities that totally eluded them in the 18 month run up to and his supporters overwhelming victory taking over and winning more than 98 % of the counties.

Oh no, on the contrary, I think the Don is if anything even more assured, even more powerful, even more astute, and I think he has every move planned to perfection in his mind, and in his mind it will stay until the moment he executes and removes at a stroke another the of the filthy gang of despicable corrupt pawns crawling across the board thinking they are the queens.

His genius also lies in the way he gets the fucking rabble of so called intellectuals and the grimy pond scum and other shit congealed into ugly depraved bags of cankled and wrinkled skin to constantly and unerringly underestimate him and his awesome capability.

They should be afraid, very every afraid of what I for one can seeing coming down the pike in 9 days time. Because on day 10, whatever power President Trump is wielding right now, will be amplified a thousand fold, and that rage and furious anger and retribution will be aimed squarely at the those who sought to deceive him, lie to him and in so doing damage and imperil the United States of America,

The United States of the American People.

I cannot imagine anything to be feared more.

It's almost like watching lemmings dowsing themselves in gasoline, hanging an "I'm a traitor" sign around their necks and lighting up before jumping off the cliff.


Fucking hilarious

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Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) Jan 11, 2017 3:47 AM

McCarthy made the mistake of going after communists when he should have just identified the communists as Jews. Jews are the ones undermining our civilization. That is what they do. They hate whites, the especially hate Christians, and they hate Protestants even more.

Jews do not believe in Heaven or Hell, and they are supremacist by nature. They do not have the same moral foundation that Americas core WASPs have.

south40_dreams's picture

Wouldn't it be a shame if President Trump suggested the IRS look REALLY deep into these liberals tax status

Praeda2's picture

Yeah, except McCarthy was right. ALL the suspect Commie names were later found in KGB files as being bitches of the Kremlin.

RedBaron616's picture

Very true. I just finished a book that documented exactly what you described. Unfortunately, I'm not there now or else I would have the title. Anyway, this is well known enough to no longer call it a hoax. Sadly, many conservatives have bought into the Communist/Leftist counterattack against McCarthy. After all, he reveled that the Roosevelt/Truman administrations were riddled with Soviet sympathizers and fellow-travelers.

malek's picture

so Communist == Kremlin bitch ?

Do you consider it possible that we had and have lots of communists in our country, even without the help of a Kremlin.

Cassandra.Hermes's picture

"Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
-- John F. Kennedy

"Pee on my face."
-- Donald J. Trump
Don't put it on the liberals it was John McCain and MI6

Rich Monk's picture

The Jews in America represent the marxist, communist, atheist, pro-gay agenda as they always have. Just the opposite of the Christian Nation that we are. Once the Jews created the Fed. and could print money from nothing to infinity they could buy up every corrupt politician, all the media, the entire banking system. The Jews make up only 3% of the American population yet control everything? The Jews destroyed Russia beginning in 1917, tried to destroy Germany in the 1930's but were beaten down, but now they own America!

Kat Daddy's picture

The term " McCarthyism" is defined as a political witch hunt on false charges.  McCarthy was right, and was demonized in the press and by the Democrats who refused to acknowledged that their government was  completely infiltrated with card carrying Soviet agents. Here's one of many examples.

acheron2016's picture

The one big difference is Mccarthy was RIGHT.  History has proven that beyond all shadow of doubt.  Just look at the death of American society in the 1960s, and the sorry state of affairs in the generations sincef for proof.  These little seditionists are evil, wrong, and should be in prison for treason. 

General Titus's picture

After the native Orthodox Christian Russian people collapsed the mass murdering Soviet Union and drove most of the Bolsheviks to the US, Israel, Britain, France etc they revealed the vast number of paid soviet agents inside the US government and that McCarthy was in fact correct. The book The Haunted Wood is all about it. one of the most infamous of these Bolshevik agents was Congressman Samual Dickstein who did much damage to our nation

Vin's picture

With one exception,  McCarthy was correct.

Mroex's picture

Let us all hope, and for you religious folks let's pray that Trump fulfills JFK's promise to break these scumbag intelligence agencies "Break them into 1,000 pieces and scatter them to the wind" Let's hope Trump accomplishes this and that he survive after doing so