The Associated Press story in The Chronicle on Feb. 1 was a great piece of propaganda which probably went unnoticed by the editor and most readers.
The story told of how, 50 years ago, the movie careers of two stars, "suddenly came to a halt amid the Red-hunting fever of Washington politics."
In praising the new book, Betty Garrett and Other Songs, AP writer Bob Thomas stated about the second of the two stars, "Mr. (Larry) Parks admitted he had joined and resigned from the Communist Party ..."
Wait a minute. This guy admitted the obvious, that he was a Communist, and the writer is condemning Hollywood and the 1947 House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), because he was blacklisted from films "when Columbia Pictures dropped his contract?"
It added, "Miss Garrett also had a brief dalliance with the (Communist) party," and she was dropped by MGM.
"They felt the stigma socially as well," AP wailed, hinting that being a closet Communist shouldn't be condemned. If trying to overthrow democracy is OK, why were they hiding it? AP doesn't.
During this time, there was another Hollywood "blacklist" which AP doesn't mention. That was the "blacklist" put out by the Communist Party USA, which kept writers and actors not loyal to communism out of work.
As noted in the Nov. 6, 1995, Accuracy in Media report, an "actor named Ronald Reagan saw his (movie) career side-tracked into television (as host of General Electric Theater) because he dared fight the Communists.. (through) his HUAC testimony."
So, where are all the closet "movie" Commies? They're in the news business, inside your TV (and national magazines). ...
Tom Hunter. Augusta