Current Media Coverage Reminds One Of Mccarthy Era



I recently saw a good movie about a bad time in U.S. history, "Good Night, and Good Luck." The focus was on how Senator McCarthy used the power of his office, coupled with friendly media coverage, to destroy people's lives by accusing them of being Communists. He was able to do this because of two things -- the general public's fear of the "Communist threat" and the lack of realistic media coverage.

I am struck by the similarity to the current situation within the "Bush Era." President Bush has used the fear of "terrorism" to mislead the general public into letting him pursue his personal agenda at the expense of the country. As in the "McCarthy Era," the media is doing nothing to focus on the reality of the situation.

Richard Lindfors, Payson

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