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'See it Now' and McCarthy

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'See it Now' and McCarthy

'See it Now' and McCarthy

'See it Now' and McCarthy

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Commentator Walter Cronkite marks the 50th anniversary of a watershed event in television news. In 1954, Edward R. Murrow's See It Now series took on the tactics of Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy, who accused many in government and media of being Communist dupes. Cronkite says the pioneering broadcast by Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, helped pierce the bubble of McCarthy's demagoguery.

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