Major Speeches and Debates of Senator Joe McCarthy Delivered in the United States Senate, 1950-1951

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NOVEMBER 14, 1951
Statement on Time Magazine

Mr. McCARTHY. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent to have inserted in the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD the following articles at this time: A letter to Mr. Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, and documents Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. The documents which I am inserting In the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD today conclusively prove that in the name of Time magazine, deliberate, degenerate lying marches on.

I want to make it clear that I do not endorse all the statements made in the enclosed material. The Time memorandum goes far beyond anything I have ever stated about Gustavo Duran. For example, I deleted a sizable number of lines from the Time memorandum because I knew of no evidence other than hearsay to Justify the claims against him therein being publicly made.

I repeat, the extent of my charges against Duran was that, first, he was regional head of SIM and second, that SIM was the Communist-controlled secret police of Spain and a counterpart of the Russian GPU.

There being no objection, the matter was ordered to be printed in the RECORD, as follows:

UNITED STATES SENATE.

Mr. HENRY R. LUCE,
Publisher, Time, Life, and Fortune,
Time, Life, and Fortune Building,
New York, N. Y.

DEAR MR. LUCE: I wrote, calling your attention to the fact that a feature story carried by Time on JOE McCARTHY consisted of a sizable number or deliberate misstatements. As you know, prior to the writing of that story, one of your reporters accompanied me on a speaking tour through the Middle West and West. He reported back to your office that the evidence which I gave my audiences on Duran was a convincing and damning link in the picture of Communist infiltration. His report on this point apparently led the staff of Time, Life, and Fortune to the conclusion that this story had to be discredited if the American people were to be lulled into believing, as Life recently stated, that "Communist infiltration of Government is no longer a legitimate worry." Time, thereupon, set about the task of discrediting the Duran story at all cost.

I call your attention to the Duran case not because it was the most flagrant example of lying in Time's story, but rather because the complete and deliberate falsity of this phase of the story could be proven by information in your own files, and for the additional reason that Time uses the Duran case as exhibit 1 to show that McCARTHY is a liar.

In your answer to my letter, you state: "Time, after examining the available evidence in this case, came to the conclusion that there was not sufficient documentation to support the charge that Duran was a Communist agent."

In view of this statement, I would suggest that if you will reread your own story on Gustavo Duran, you will find that it does not state that I call Duran a "Communist agent." Your story states that I made two principal allegations concerning Duran: (1) That Duran was regional head of the SIM, and (2) that the SIM was Communist-controlled. Your story then proceeds to ridicule both assertions and states: "Duran never a Red, was definitely and clearly anti-Communist." Let us, therefore, view the written record of the Duran case from your own files.

On Thursday, March 13, 1947, Congressman O'KONSKI, of Wisconsin, had the following to say about Gustavo Duran (p. A1078 of the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD):

"What I will say to you today is so fantastic that it will be difficult to believe. If I told you that a man born across the seas, migrated to the United States in May of 1940, and in February of 1943 was appointed Auxiliary Foreign Service Officer in our State Department at Habana, Cuba, was then stationed in Buenos Aires and finally returned to Washington, D. C., at a salary of $8,000 per annum, as assistant to Assistant Secretary of State Spruille Braden, you would lend me courteous ear and not forget the entire affair. Yet, this in precisely what happened. And this is precisely how the United States was knifed out of South America to make way for the Moscow stooges.

* * * * *

"If he were a loyal and trusted allen this might have been fine. But this particular alien is one of the world's most notorious Communists, skilled and trained in betrayal by MOSCOW agents during the Spanish civil war.

"Who is this notorious Communist who rose to such heights in our State Department? Who is this notorious Communist who directed Latin American relations? Who is this notorious Communist who has driven American good will out of Latin American and substituted in its place Moscow good will? He is none other than Gustavo Duran."

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