It needs to be kept in mind that EVERY person blacklisted by the Unamerican Activities Committee under McCarthy turned out later to prove him right. Particularly Hollywood.
Every person, not a few, not most, EVERY person that the committee blacklisted turned out to be a Communist, National Socialist, International Socialist, Parliamentary Socialist, or other type of Socialist.
And yet our schoolbooks describe him as a loose cannon.
I wish every committee in Congress was that thorough.
One of the things that burns me up from that period was the media's tarnish of Edward Teller. The media claims that he didn't exonerate Oppenheimer out of ambition. Considering that Oppenheimer was a Communist who was a member of Communist organizations, it's not really all that reasonable to make such a claim. Apparently Teller didn't know about Oppenheimers' dishonest activities and he said he didn't know at depositions. The media essentially wanted Teller to lie for Oppenheimer.
Gee, we had a few dishonest people in the media even then...