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Point of Order - FREE screening and FREE pizza

Ernest F. Hollings Library Program Room
Feb 16, 2011
Politics on Film Festival continues this month with a free screening of Point of Order. One of the most remarkable political documents of our time, Point of Order is a hilarious, often exasperating journey into the inevitable fall of one of America's greatest political demagogues. For five incredible weeks in 1954, millions of Americans tuned in to watch as U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy's reckless crusade to expose Communist subversion in the U.S. Army backfired against the pressure of televised media. With Roy Cohn at his side, McCarthy's innuendoes and unsubstantiated claims against the Army were no match for the "heroic" Joe Welch. As Special Counsel for the U.S. Army, the meek and mild-spoken Welch unmasked McCarthyism and further pushed Joe McCarthy into political oblivion. The sheer theatricality of the Army-McCarthy Hearings also serves as a milestone in the history of television and its manipulative influence over the evolution of our political system. Politics on Film Festival is a monthly event presented by South Carolina Political Collections. Each event offers a free screening of a film relating to government and politics, an introduction to the film, free pizza and soda for the first 25 guests, and discussion after the film's conclusion. The screenings begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Hollings Library and are open to the public. The final film will be shown the third Wednesday of March.