John F. Kennedy meets with supporters in Havre de Grace as he campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in May 1960. Future U.S. senator Joseph D. Tydings, Kennedy's Maryland campaign manager, stands to the candidate's right.
John F. Kennedy meets with supporters in Havre de Grace as he campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination in May 1960. Future U.S. senator Joseph D. Tydings, Kennedy's Maryland campaign manager, stands to the candidate's right. (Aegis Archives / Baltimore Sun)

G. Jefferson Price III's review of Joseph Tydings' new autobiography ("Joseph Tidings, the anti-Trump," April 23) included a usual smear of Sen. Joseph McCarthy that needs correction.

Mr. Price writes that Joe Tydings father, Millard Tydings, lost his fifth term bid in 1950 after Senator McCarthy, "whom he (Millard) had investigated for falsely charging that the State Department was riddled with communists, circulated a fake photograph of Millard with his arm around U.S. Communist Party leader Earl Browder."

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On March 15, 1953, The Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse issued a retraction acknowledging Senator McCarthy "was not responsible" for the composite photo and framing of Senator Tydings. The person actually responsible, according to author M. Stanton Evans, was, "the then managing editor of the (Washington) Times Herald (who) has testified that he himself had the idea and ordered the work on the photograph."

Furthermore, Mr. Price's mention of false charges of communists in the State Department misleads the reader because his neglects to disclose all the documentation available now about Soviet agent penetration of the federal government from the 1930s into the 1950s under Franklin D. Roosevelt's and Harry Truman's noses. The U.S. Army's secret Venona Project in the 1940s revealed that hundreds of Americans had formal ties to Soviet intelligence services in the 1930s and 1940s. Chief among them were Alger Hiss and Laurence Duggan of the State Department, Assistant Treasury Secretary Harry D. White, assistant to FDR Lauchlin Currie, atom bomb scientist Klaus Fuchs, Duncan Lee of the OSS (now CIA) plus dozens of well placed mid-level officials scattered throughout the government.

Geary Foertsch, Rehoboth Beach, Del.

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