Statement on Drew Pearson
Mr. MCCARTHY. Mr. President, the other night I told one of my fellow Senators that today I intended to discuss the background of one of the cleverest men who has ever prostituted one of the noblest professions--a man who, in my opinion, has been and is doing an infinite amount of damage to America and all of the Institutions of our form of Government. When I told the Senator this, he said: " MCCARTHY, don't do it." He said it would be like having stood In the mouth of the Cloaca Maxima and having tried to stop the flow. He said: "You will be merely inundated by the slime and smear and he will still go on every day and every week polluting otherwise fine newspapers and poisoning the air waves."
I realize that the task of exposing this man, or perhaps I should say this person, will be an unpleasant, disagreeable task, which will leave me more than a bit bloodied up also, but as I told the Senator the other night--when I was a boy on the farm my mother used to raise chickens. From those chickens the groceries for a large family were supplied, as well as mother's Christmas money. The greatest enemy the chickens had were skunks. In order to protect mother's chickens my three brothers and I had to dig out and destroy those skunks. It was a dirty, foul, unpleasant, smelly Job. We learned early in life that the Jobs that most badly need doing and are so often left undone are often the most difficult and unpleasant jobs.
I do not agree with the Senator who advised me the other night--I do not agree that this is an impossible task. I think that while it cannot be done overnight, this man can be exposed to the American people for what he is, at which time he will no longer be dangerous.
Before discussing the important place which he holds in the Communist scheme of propaganda, I would like to describe him in the words of some expert witnesses, well known and highly respected by the Senate.
First, let me quote one of the outstanding Senators from the other side of the aisle--one of the great Senators, not only of today but great in the entire history of this Senate, the Senator from Georgia [Mr. GEORGE]. On the floor of the United States Senate, on the 21st of February 1944, he said:
[ Pearson) began his whole tirade with a deliberate lie. * * * It is not often that an ordinary, congenital, deliberate, and malicious liar such as Drew Pearson refers to a printed record on which it is possible to pin him down. * * * What sort of a liar is he, Mr. President, when in the very face of the RECORD which he himself invites every word that he said is disproved? * * *
Mr. President, I know some of the motive, some of the malice, back of this sudden attack by Drew Pearson on me. * * * Down deep is a fight against representative government. It is a smear campaign against the legislative branch of this Government. * * *
Again I ask what sort of a liar is Mr. "Skunk" Pearson? ( CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, vol. 90, pt. 2, pp. 1903-1904.)
Next, let me quote Morris A. Bealle, a highly respected writer:
All the boys in the Washington press galleries, except the leftist stooges and Communist sympathizers and "New" Deal dog robbers, have an abiding contempt for this fellow who had brought prostitution of their great profession to its zenith. They say: "When bigger lies are told Pearson will tell them."
He goes on further to say:
"The truth is not in him; he is a pathological liar." ( Washington Squirrel Cage, 1948 ed., p. 39.)
Pearson makes his living by blackening characters. He is a smear columnist, a professional character assassin, and the author of false and vile insinuations. ( Washington Squirrel Cage, 1948 ed., p. 39.)
On the 17th of December 1941. Representative MARION T. BENNETT, of Missouri, described Pearson as follows:
Pearson and Allen * * * do not have the manhood or honor to admit their mistake. * * * These two columnists have prevaricated. * * * They are well- known in informed circles because of their utter lack of regard for the truth and for being two of the most dishonest, unreliable, and vicious character assassins in America. They are a disgrace to the great newspaper profession. They apparently seldom take the trouble to ascertain the facts. * * *