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Mark Newgent has an excellent piece in today's Baltimore History Examiner that all Olbermann Watch readers need to take a few minutes to study.
The next time Olbermann invokes the memory of Edward R. Murrow. Remember this: Murrow’s impetus to take on Joseph McCarthy was the senator’s accusation that State Department official Laurence Duggan, a friend of Murrow, was a Soviet spy. Duggan’s father Stephen was Murrow’s mentor at the Institute for International Education in the 1930s. In the aftermath of the Alger Hiss case in 1948, Laurence Duggan jumped or was pushed out the window of his 16th floor office in Manhattan. Murrow vigorously defended Duggan’s integrity, turning him into a liberal martyr destroyed by “right-wing hate.” However, as the Venona decrypts reveal, Duggan was one of the most prodigious American spies for the Soviets. According to Soviet agent Boris Bazarov, Duggan had said that the only reason he stayed at his "hateful job in the State Department.. was the idea of being useful for our cause." Remember that the next time Olbermann ends one of his Special Comment screeds with, “good night and good luck.”