It is easy to mock Ezra Klein and Matt Yglesias in the new journalism game for their obvious bias, the Journolist coordination, their femininity, and the visible steps to progressive punditry. They are anointed as policy brains by the media with no actual policy innovation. They are just spokesmen meant to guide the public for academic and lobbyist policy makers. A minion of theirs, Dylan Matthews, went from Harvard (writing in the Crimson while there) to WaPo (added to Journolist) and now to Vox. He is 24 and a tool for the progressives. We see this now, but has it always been this way? This college commie to media commie move is old, and just more overt and in the open now. If you read about the intrigues of Congressional investigations into subversion, the career arc of Drew Pearson reads similar to our modern journalists.
The son of a professor, Drew Pearson went to Swarthmore College after attending Phillips Exeter. After leaving Swarthmore, he served in the Quaker organization the American Friends Service Committee, which has often been investigated or generally accused of being a communist front. Pearson was an FDR fan and was a foreign interventionist, arguing against isolationism. Pearson was critical of the US not creating a second front to relieve the USSR, he attacked Douglas MacArthur whenever possible, he made up stories on Patton, he attacked anti-Soviet Secretary of Defense James Forrestal (some blamed Pearson for Forrestal's suicide) and most odd, hired David Karr as his chief aide. We will get back to Karr.
Pearson was an effective attack dog for the internal commie interests. When the Truman State Department was shaping up, Pearson attacked Undersecretary Joseph Grew relentlessly over his comments on Japan or his lack of unwavering adulation for the USSR. Grew was asked to resign, and Dean Acheson took his spot. With the early post-war era forcing the Secretary of State into an international nation hopping job, the Undersecretary role was critical with setting up methods, departments and simple operations. This all happened as the war wound down and the State absorbed many individuals from OSS and OWI; many who were suspected communists or would be revealed as such or other security threats.
David Karr was originally David Katz. David Karr was also a KBG source for decades. Karr made good money through his connections to Armand Hammer. Karr also acted as a go between for years for Senator Ted Kennedy and Soviet leadership. Karr was supposedly cleared (this is even noted years later in Jack Anderson's memoir) despite being kicked out of government service, yet we know now that all the suspicions were correct. Karr replaced Andrew Older as Pearson's chief aide and leg man. Older was named a Communist Party member in HUAC testimony. Karr was a verified commie. This was one of McCarthy's charges at Pearson. Why is this journalist defending communists at every turn, attacking those who point out communist subversion and has commies as sidekicks? McCarthy died in 1957. Pearson worked decades more.
Pearson was very active in his attacks on McCarthy. Unlike other media members, he did it from day one. Pearson had a history of this as he had attacked Congressman Martin Dies who started up the HUAC and Congressman John Parnell Thomas who was chairman of HUAC, who dared try to face communist subversion. Pearson would scrape up dirt on the figure to smear the accuser. Pearson went after Secretary of Defense Forrestal because he was anti-communist and in Pearson's words, "the most dangerous man in America". Pearson used personal attacks. Forrestal committed suicide; Pearson lived for decades. The best defense for his fellow travelers was a steady offense of attacking McCarthy. McCarthy whipped up the public to boycott Pearson's radio show (sounds familiar), and Pearson eventually dropped off radio. He won in the end though as the rest of the Operation Mockingbird figures chipped in and Ike leaked information to help submarine McCarthy. Weird that the CIA's program Mockingbird would allow such a fellow into its circle. Jack Anderson, a Pearson partner, had worked for the OSS and then was part of the CIA's Mockingbird program. He had been a McCarthy friend and used McCarthy as a source, but Pearson hated McCarthy from day one. Anderson brought stories of reported communists to Pearson, using McCarthy's information. Pearson would not print the stories because he did not trust McCarthy's motives. Eventually, Pearson, with his communist aide, would convince Anderson of the need to stop McCarthy. The rest of the Mockingbird crew followed.
Is it better that these types are out in the open now or cloaked in false objectivity like then? They can be open now because they rule completely. The media claims objectivity but only the most naïve or dumbest amongst us believe this. Pearson is the perfect example of the ideological fellow traveler bias that goes unreported everywhere but extreme examples like MSNBC and Fox News. "What liberal media" the progressives cry out, but how can one avoid the biases of every individual who forms our media corps. We all have biases. The social justice warriors tell us that we have privileges and constructs that I could never have dreamed of, yet they affect us in everything we do. There might be more honesty today, which is an improvement.
Was Pearson a Soviet Agent of influence? No. He was a homegrown and fostered commie working for the home team of communists that took over with the New Deal. Pearson has too many ties to the communists and too much fellow traveler behavior to not raise eyebrows and cause all Americans to question the official McCarthy story. It is not a matter of McCarthy being right, but of how horrible the first draft of history was due to the bias of the men holding the pen. Pearson was not an open communist, but defended them at every step. Pearson did not just do it to him but to everyone who went after communist security risks. Those were Pearson's friends, and McCarthy was his enemy. To schoolchildren and the paper reading public, those called to answer questions became the good guys while McCarthy the villain because as Pearson told Jack Anderson, McCarthy "was a bad man". McCarthy's motives are pure evil and not to be trusted because Pearson and his ilk say so, yet no one ever questioned Pearson.