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Hollywood Hates Hitler!Jew-Baiting, Anti-Nazism, and the Senate Investigation into Warmongering in Motion Pictures$
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Chris Yogerst

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496829757

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496829757.001.0001

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Champ Clark Doubles Down

Champ Clark Doubles Down

(p.66) Chapter Five Champ Clark Doubles Down
Hollywood Hates Hitler!

Chris Yogerst

University Press of Mississippi

Champ Clark and Nye called Hollywood one of “the most deadly and insidious of all propaganda agencies.” Champ Clark provided his vision of what free speech meant in the United States. This right should not be granted to any group who holds a monopoly on a means of communication such as motion pictures. Free speech, Champ Clark contended, only applied to someone speaking to their neighbor, publishing an article, or standing on a soap box in a field. This definition clearly does not include any form of mass communication except the newspaper, which the Committee made sure not to single out. Senator Champ Clark complained that Hollywood films do not deserve the reach they get. It was clear that Champ Clark was jealous that more people followed movies than Washington politicians. Complaints followed that there were not enough politicians featured in films and newsreels. The senator also made a case that Hollywood was a monopoly, diverting from the true goal of the investigation into motion picture propaganda.

Keywords:   Bennett Champ Clark, Free Speech, Monopoly, propaganda

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