The practice of rewriting history to give it the approved left-wing spin has been applied energetically to the early Cold War period. Not just to Senator McCarthy’s investigations but also to the investigations of Hollywood by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
In fact many liberals know so little of the real history of those times that they think McCarthy was responsible for the HUAC hearings in spite of the fact that as a senator he obviously had no connection with a House committee, and in spite of the fact that HUAC’s probing of left-wing influence in Hollywood began when McCarthy was still a newly-elected and completely unknown senator.
Just as McCarthy turned out to be right about Soviet spies in the State Department and the Defence Department, so too HUAC was entirely correct in its view that Hollywood was overrun by communists and communist fellow travellers. Most of the “innocent” victims of the Hollywood blacklist that liberals have elevated into martyrs for freedom really did hold extreme left-wing views and they really were consciously and deliberately using Hollywood to propagate those views. If they weren’t actually traitors they were very close to it. They were certainly actively working to subvert their own country (or in the case of the various émigrés their adopted country).
Of course the situation today is much worse and the state of modern Hollywood provides ample evidence that the threat perceived by HUAC was very real indeed.
Like the term “McCarthyism” the blacklist has been used by the Left as a stick with which to beat anyone who dares to disagree with them. And their rewriting of history has been so successful that today their version of events, a version that maintains that communist infiltration of Hollywood was merely a paranoid conspiracy theory, is accepted unquestioningly.
It’s always a pleasure to find a good news story. The circulation of Australia’s most left-wing newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald, has plummeted by 12% in the past year. Its equally left-wing Melbourne stablemate, The Age, also experienced a severe fall.
The more moderate Australian newspapers such as the Telegraph are holding their ground surprisingly well, and the circulation of The Australian has actually increased marginally.
So it’s reasonable to assume that the calamitous performance of the left-wing press is at least partially a reflection of the extent to which they are out of touch with the Australian people.
While I don’t condone the actions of US Marines in urinating on a dead Taliban, the problem is that if the US apologises or takes drastic action against the Marines concerned it will be seen within the Islsmic world as yet another sign of American weakness.
That’s what liberals fail to comprehend about Islam – that any willingness to negotiate or compromise or conciliate is interpreted as weakness.
And as Vietnam proved decisively, you’re defeated when you believe yourself to be defeated. The US was winning that war militarily but that meant nothing once the news media convinced a significant portion of the American people that they were actually losing. Walter Cronkite turned out to be a more dangerous enemy than Ho Chi Minh.