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Nothing Changes.

Below is an excerpt from a piece in the Spectator by Peregrine Worsthorne. It’s a reminder that nothing changes and that we cannot trust the press. This was more damaging in the times to which the article refers, because there was no facility to comment or to quickly check the facts both of which we can now do thanks to the Internet.

I think it was the Hoover experience all over again. I had actually talked to Senator McCarthy — which is more than most of my Washington colleagues had done — and I wanted everyone to know that he had made much more sense than his detractors recognised. As a matter of fact I still think so. Once the Cold War against communism had begun in earnest, as it just had, it really was a bit of a scandal that the Truman establishment, in charge of prosecuting that war, continued to employ so many former communist sympathisers, just as it would have been a scandal in 1940, once America had come into the war against Germany, if the Washington establishment had gone on employing erstwhile Nazi sympathisers. In other words, Joe McCarthy had a trenchant point. Unfortunately for me, however, the point was not only unacceptable in the Oval Office; it was utterly unacceptable to the editor of the Times, a dyed-in-the-wool liberal called Sir William Haley who had formerly been director-general of the BBC, and who wrote to say that my job in Washington was not to find excuses for Senator McCarthy but to condemn him.

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  1. October 30, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Other than for a minor error, the USA entered the Second World War in December, 1941, the points are excellent. The media usually comprise members of a particular political bent. It was true then, it was true now — although the general lack of moral relativism in earlier decades made it far more difficult to get away with distortions quite as blatant.

    Not too long ago I read a biography of the Dowager Empress Ci Xi. The writer, although she committed a number of stretches common in corrective biographies and histories, effectively showed that Ci Xi’s reputation had been wrecked by lies and innuendo that a critical, but ill-informed, media accepted without hesitation.

  2. October 30, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Thank goodness for Google, I now know (sort of ) what moral relativism is.

    Cixi isn’t the only person to have their reputation trashed ( or enhanced ) by historians.

  3. christinaosborne
    October 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    What irritates me so very much is the supine nature of the populations accepting such with very little demur.
    Witness how many of us pay us for the BBC!

    A heartening giggle in the DT this morning, Burkina Faso citizenry rose on their hind legs and burnt down parliament, absolutely splendid! Pity we don’t do the same!!

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