[Army - McCarthy TV coverage]
Monday, June 07, 1954
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Seldes mentions the Army - McCarthy trial coverage on television.
He moves on to talk about the Dodd Hearings / Reece Committee. He describes the foundations being investigated as ones which often fund scientific exploration and support other fields in a way no other organizations do. He describes the hearings as "investigating the right of people to investigate."
Seldes speaks positively of variety and change. Perfection is less important.
He then moves to a discussion of stereotypes. He talks about McCalls magazine, which is positioning itself as the magazine for women and the home, through a recent 8-page article about the man's place in the home. He talks about the stereotype that men should not assist in household chores. He talks about the male phobia of being called a sissy, and those stereotypes of the mother.
Seldes moves back to the discussion of foundations. The foundations, he argues, move away from the stereotypes. They fund 16mm film work - such as documentaries, which is a contrast to the fiction film.
Seldes speaks against an effort to stop people from thinking. He also mentions the Kinsey Report, which was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.
He then discusses television viewership of the McCarthy - Army hearings. He believes that television stations should be required to air this sort of public event, even at a financial loss to the network. Seldes recommends that a network pool could have been created so that no station lost too much of their regular air time. The networks, however, do not like to admit that other networks exist.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71531
Municipal archives id: LT3101