Covering McCarthyism: How the Christian Science Monitor Handled Joseph R. McCarthy, 1950-1954

Synopsis

Strout examines how the Christian Science Monitor, a highly influential newspaper of the era, covered Joseph R. McCarthy and "McCarthyism" from the Senator's Lincoln Day speech in February 1950 through his censure in December 1954. Through his in-depth examination of the Monitor interoffice communications, Strout examines how the Monitor's coverage compared with other elite and popular press newspapers and how the pressures associated with "McCarthyism" affected individuals at the Monitor.