Media Bias and the Anniversary of the Rosenbergs' Execution

In an article on the anniversary of the 1953 husband-and-wife execution of the Rosenbergs, Jim Fitzgerald of the AP gives us another outrageous example of media bias. “On the 50th anniversary of the execution Thursday, [Pete] Seeger, Susan Sarandon, Harry Belafonte and other show business activists will appear at a benefit for the Rosenberg Fund for Children, which assists children of people imprisoned, attacked or fired for taking a public stand.

The emphasis on the reporter’s own description is mine, because it is a deliberate effort to give a nice face to traitorous people and the organization founded in their name. The organization, like this article, serves the sole purpose of giving good PR to bad people.

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were not arrested, attacked, fired or put to death for “taking a public stand” on anything. They were the Soviet spies who gave Stalin the information he needed to get the atom bomb. Through their treachery, they were responsible for contributing to the threat of nuclear war between the United States and its evil, ruthless communist enemy for the next 40 years.

There is no reason the reporter cannot call the fund exactly what it is: a left-wing group. There is also no reason his article should cast-as it does-any doubt whatsoever on the Rosenbergs’ guilt. Any doubt about their complicity with one of the world’s most evil regimes ever was banished by the declassified Venona files, U.S. intelligence\’s record of monitored Soviet intelligence transmissions since the 1940\’s.

Fitzgerald, the AP reporter, seems unfazed by all this evidence, though. He uses the word “allegedly” when dealing with the Rosenbergs’ crimes, even though they were convicted.

Fitzgerald also gives free reign to the paranoid conspiracy theories of the Rosenbergs’ son, Robert Meeropol, who suggests that the government made up all of the evidence against them. “My bottom line,” said Meeropol, “is that the United States government executed two people for doing something they knew those people didn’t do.” The quote stands on its own, without any mention of the fact that no credible, non-ideologically driven historian doubts their guilt any more. Nor does Fitzgerald go to any such historian for a truly historical perspective on the Rosenbergs’ treachery.

The Rosenbergs and their friends were truly evil people whose actions showed they were willing to murder each and every American through nuclear war in the name of communism. As this article does note, Judge Irving Kaufman, told them at sentencing that “their actions had led to the Korean War and all its casualties, and added: ‘Millions more of innocent people may pay the price of your treason.’” He was both correct and prophetic.


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