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Q:

It's said in a few books that -- It's said in a few places that I've read that you indeed did meet him. Whether that's true or not, I don't know.

Stanton:

I think I did. He was sitting to this end of my desk and it was -- I gave him the check. It was a very brief meeting. There were no pleasantries, just a customary “How are you?” but I mean, there was no -- I didn't know him as a senator. I had never testified before him. I detested his behavior and he knew that and so that was that. I would have the same problem with Jesse Helms.

Q:

To go back to the McCarthy period and CBS -- how CBS responded to that -- when was the first time that you would say you began to feel the pressures from advertisers about people who had potentially questionable affiliations, shall we say? I want to be careful with language here because it's for you to tell me what the language was.

Stanton:

The blacklisting is what you're really talking about and Red Channels and so forth.

Q:

But before Red Channels was there any pressure before Red Channels? Red Channels was published in 1950, is that it?

Stanton:

Oh, yes, well, the question about loyalty and some things of that kind came earlier than Red Channels.

Q:

That's what I'm trying to pinpoint.

Stanton:

But I can't fix the date on when this began. There was a -- and there still is --



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