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Spreading Lies and Ruining Lives

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McCarthy launches an attack at American diplomat John Stewart, accusing him of Communist sympathies.

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He was the face of the Red Scare, and his name has become synonymous with political witch-hunting. Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy investigated Communist subversion in America in the 1950s, wielding enormous power, until his tactics, his alliances, and his drinking ruined both his career and reputation. But was McCarthy really a villainous demagogue, or was he a victim of false accusations? Separate the man from the myth as we present a comprehensive picture of this divisive figure.

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