Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism
is a 2003 book by Ann Coulter
. Three weeks after its release more than 500,000 copies had been sold.
In the book, Coulter argues U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy
was unfairly portrayed by the U.S. media
as persecuting people for political reasons. Coulter alleges McCarthy correctly identified communist
foreign spies in the United States
In an interview with David Bowman, Coulter said that Joseph McCarthy is the deceased person she admires the most. Coulter claims in Treason
that McCarthy was simply misunderstood and unappreciated, and that the Venona cables
and other sources have vindicated him by showing there indeed were Soviet
spies in the United States government. In continuing efforts to exculpate McCarthy, she wrote some columns attacking George Clooney
's movie Good Night, and Good Luck
, about television journalist Edward R. Murrow
and McCarthy. She claims McCarthyism
is inaccurately portrayed as destructive.
Quotes by the author
- "The portrayal of Senator Joe McCarthy as a wild-eyed demagogue destroying innocent lives is sheer liberal hobgoblinism. Liberals weren't cowering in fear during the McCarthy era. They were systematically undermining the nation's ability to defend itself while waging a bellicose campaign of lies to blacken McCarthy's name. Everything you think you know about McCarthy is a hegemonic lie. Liberals denounced McCarthy because they were......