November 17, 2005
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Second-Rate Filmmaker?
By Ann Coulter
As noted here previously, George Clooney's movie "Good Night, and
Good Luck," about pious parson Edward R. Murrow and Sen. Joseph
McCarthy, failed to produce one person unjustly accused by McCarthy.
Since I described McCarthy as a great American patriot defamed by
liberals in my 2003 book, "Treason," liberals have had two more
years to produce a person -- just one person -- falsely accused
by McCarthy. They still can't do it.
Meanwhile, I can prove that Murrow's good friend Lawrence Duggan
was a Soviet spy responsible for having innocent people murdered.
The brilliant and perceptive journalist Murrow was not only unaware
of the hundreds of Soviet spies running loose in the U.S. government,
he was also unaware that his own dear friend Duggan was a Soviet
spy -- his friend on whose behalf corpses littered the Swiss landscape.
Contrary to the image of the Black Night of Fascism (BNOF) under
McCarthy leading to mass suicide with bodies constantly falling
on the heads of pedestrians in Manhattan, Duggan was the only suicide.
After being questioned by the FBI, Duggan leapt from a window. Of
course, given the people he was doing business with, he may have
After Duggan's death, Murrow, along with the rest of the howling
establishment, angrily denounced the idea that Duggan could possibly
have been disloyal to America.
Well, now we know the truth. Decrypted Soviet cables and mountains
of documents from Soviet archives prove beyond doubt that Lawrence
Duggan was one of Stalin's most important spies. "McCarthyism" didn't
kill him; his guilt did.
During the height of the Soviet purges in the mid-'30s, as millions
of innocents were being tortured, exiled and killed on Stalin's
orders, Murrow's good pal Duggan was using his position at the State
Department to pass important documents to the Soviets. The documents
were so sensitive, Duggan had to return the originals to the State
Department before the end of the day. Some were so important, they
were sent directly to Stalin and Molotov.
On at least one occasion, Murrow's dear friend Duggan sat with his
Soviet handler for an hour as the handler photographed 60 documents
for the motherland. In other words, Duggan was the kind of disloyal,
two-faced, back-stabbing weasel you rarely see outside of the entertainment
industry. (He certainly was perceptive, that Murrow.)
All this time, people Duggan knew personally were being falsely
accused and executed back in the Soviet Union. Duggan expressed
concern about Stalin's purges with his Soviet handler, but he didn't
stop spying. As Allen Weinstein describes it in "The Haunted Wood,"
Duggan was mostly concerned about being falsely accused by Stalin
Because of Murrow's good buddy Duggan, innocent people were killed.
Not just the millions murdered during the purges while Duggan was
earning "employee of the month" awards from Stalin. At least one
man was murdered solely to protect Duggan's identity as a Soviet
Ignatz Reiss had been the head of Soviet secret police in Europe.
As such, he was aware of Soviet agents in the U.S., including Duggan.
But unlike Duggan, Reiss was stunned by Stalin's bloody purges.
In 1937, Reiss defected from the Soviet Union, threatening to expose
Duggan if they came after him. It was his death warrant.
Two months later, Soviet secret police tracked Reiss to a restaurant
in Switzerland. According to the official memo describing Reiss'
murder, Soviet agents dragged Reiss out of the restaurant, shoved
him in a car, shot him and dumped his body by the side of the road.
(Or, in Soviet parlance, he was "debriefed.")
Soviet officials later happily informed Duggan's handler in America:
"(Reiss) is liquidated, (but) not yet his wife. ... Now the danger
that (Duggan) will be exposed because of (Reiss) is considerably
decreased." Despite all Clooney's double-sourced fact-checking,
he missed the part about Murrow's good friend Duggan being an accomplice
To hear these liberals carry on, "McCarthyism" was the worst thing
that ever happened in the history of the universe. No one has ever
been so persecuted or so heroic as Hollywood actors in the '50s.
At the exact same time as these crybabies were wailing about McCarthyism,
there was much worse going on in the parts of the world so admired
by the Hollywood left. It's not as if we have to go back to the
Peloponnesian War to find greater suffering than that of Hollywood
drama queens during the BNOF under McCarthyism.
I believe anyone would find it preferable to have been a "target"
of McCarthy in the '50s than to have been an ordinary citizen living
in the Soviet Union, Hungary, Poland, the Ukraine or any nation
infected by the Red Plague.
Thanks to McCarthy, and no thanks to Murrow, the worst horror to
befall an American citizen in the '50s was the dire prospect of
losing a movie credit -- although, since then, I suppose having
to watch a George Clooney movie would run a close second.
2005 Ann Coulter
by Universal Press Syndicate