HISTORICAL NOTES: Off the Record

Former President Truman, on a filmed television program with Columnist Drew Pearson last week, gave his version of the famed "red herring" crack about congressional spy hunts in 1948. Said Harry Truman: "The facts of the case are that, in a press conference one morning, some young man . . . asked me if the action of the House Un-American Activities Committee was not in the form of a red herring to cover up what the Republican Administration in the 80th Congress had not done, and I said it might be.

"I never made any statement that there was a...

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