AMERICAN NOTES: McCarthy's Ghost

One of the strangest accusations in the Watergate scandal is the charge that the press has been guilty of "McCarthyism." Joe's unhappy ghost was raised most insistently by Wisconsin's William Proxmire, who inherited McCarthy's Senate seat and who has privately stated that he thinks President Nixon is "up to his ears" in the Watergate mess. Said Proxmire: the secondhand press accounts of what White House Counsel John W. Dean III told federal investigators represent a "McCarthyistic destruction of the President." Vice President Spiro Agnew followed with an attack on the publication of anonymous "hearsay" as "a very short jump...

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