Edward R. Murrow and producer Fred W. Friendly produced a one-half hour special episode of See It Now on Senator Joseph McCarthy titled A Report on Joseph McCarthy.
Murrow and Friendly paid for advertisements for the special, as CBS would not finance the promotion. The special aired on March 9, 1954.
Murrow offered Senator Joseph McCarthy a chance to respond and McCarthy appeared on the program on April 9, 1954.
During the program, McCarthy said of his appearance on CBS’s program, “I feel justified in doing so because Murrow is a symbol, a leader, and the cleverest of the jackal pack which is always found at the throat of anyone who dares to expose individual Communists and traitors.”
Following McCarthy’s appearance on the program, Murrow produced another segment titled Response to Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Public support was behind Murrow and on December 2, 1954, the Senate voted on Resolution 301: The Censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy.
Resolution 301 stated McCarthy had “acted contrary to senatorial ethics and tended to bring the Senate into dishonor and disrepute, to obstruct the constitutional processes of the Senate, and to impair its dignity; and such conduct is hereby condemned.”
The Senate voted 67 to 22 in favor of the resolution.
McCarthy died before completing his second term in office.