Trial by Television II. McCarthy takes the stand

Straight, Michael
May 1954
New Republic;5/17/54, Vol. 130 Issue 20, p6
This article focuses on a trial in the U.S. Senate. The spirit was bright and cheery as the U.S. Senate Subcommittee reconvened on the morning of May 5, 1954. As the hearings opened, U.S. Senator J. McCarthy accused Senator Henry Jackson of possessing transcripts of the telephone calls monitored by the U.S. Army. Evidently, by this device McCarthy was attempting to determine what use had been made of these damaging records, and if possible to prevent their publication. To the extent that the Subcommittee was a court, McCarthy as a lawyer was poor. Of all the arts of advocacy the highest is cross-examination. Its purpose is to elicit information, and in this McCarthy was wholly inept.


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