Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Reagan was part of McCarthyism?

In the late 1940s or early 1950s during the height of the "Red Scare," Reagan ratted on fellow actors whom he believed were Communist sympathizers. From a 2001 Time Magazine article, via Digg:

It was revealed last week that the future President [was] a secret FBI informant, code name T-10. According to an article published in the San Jose Mercury News, documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act indicate that Reagan and his first wife, Actress Jane Wyman, provided federal agents with the names of actors they believed were Communist sympathizers.

The FBI papers report that despite his work as an informant, Reagan disagreed with some of the tactics of organizations like the House Un- American Activities Committee. In one FBI interview, Reagan takes issue with a group of actors and producers attempting to fire any alleged Reds. Protests Reagan: "Do they expect us to constitute ourselves as a little FBI of our own and determine just who is a Commie and who isn't?"

What a hypocrite. Then again, this comes from a man who later categorized ketchup as a vegetable so public schools could serve it as such.

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