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Covering McCarthyism: How the Christian Science Monitor Handled Joseph R. McCarthy, 1950-1954 Lawrence N. Strout

Covering McCarthyism: How the Christian Science Monitor Handled Joseph R. McCarthy, 1950-1954

Lawrence N. Strout

Published September 30th 1999
ISBN : 9780313310911
Hardcover
200 pages
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Strout examines how the Christian Science Monitor, a highly influential newspaper of the era, covered Joseph R. McCarthy and McCarthyism from the Senators Lincoln Day speech in February 1950 through his censure in December 1954. Through hisMoreStrout examines how the Christian Science Monitor, a highly influential newspaper of the era, covered Joseph R. McCarthy and McCarthyism from the Senators Lincoln Day speech in February 1950 through his censure in December 1954. Through his in-depth examination of the Monitors interoffice communications, Strout examines how the Monitors coverage compared with other elite and popular press newspapers and how the pressures associated with McCarthyism affected individuals at the Monitor.An extensive review of the Monitors editorials and news articles suggests that it was remarkably thorough and fair in its reporting, while still being outspoken, but responsible in its criticism. While many newspapers attacked McCarthy personally, the Monitor concentrated on the actions of the junior senator and the negative effects they were having at home and abroad. As Strout sees it, the Monitor served as a voice of moderation, while simultaneously being a persistent critic of McCarthys tactics.