1954 – Army-McCarthy Hearings Begin

On this date the began. The hearings were televised live for 36 days to an audience of over 20 million viewers. Kinescopes of these hearings were used by Emile de Antonio to produce the 1964 documentary . In the hearings, , chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, charged that the Secretary of the Army, Robert T. Stevens, and Army Counsel, John G. Adams, were hampering the committee’s attempts to uncover communists in the military. McCarthy failed to prove his charges. The hearings, given broad television and newspaper coverage, helped to end the anti-Communist witch hunt. In the end, McCarthy was publicly disgraced and condemned by the U.S. Senate. [Source: ]