More than half a century ago, millions of Americans sat glued to their T.V.s watching the McCarthy hearings. The live coverage helped bring down the red-baiting Senator and offered a preview of the power of television in American politics.


  • Robert Shogan Robert Shogan is a former national political correspondent for "Newsweek" and "the Los Angeles Times". He has also authored several books including "Backlash: The Killing of the New Deal" and "The Fate of the Union".

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