While a student at Harvard during the sixties, Richard Blumenthal, now the Democratic candidate for Senate in Connecticut, penned a magazine article about a well-known student Vietnam-era protest group, writing that “communism is no longer radical.”
Was this article an example of objective reporting, or an expression of Blumenthal’s personal views?
“Communism is no longer radical,” Blumenthal wrote in a paragraph about the “weaknesses of SDS ideology” shortly before his spring graduation from Harvard. He wrote that communism “aims to get power through the electoral process–in other words, working within the system–and supports liberal measures such as Social Security and Medicare.”
Blumenthal, now the attorney general of Connecticut, wrote in the same piece that neither the “present Communist Party nor the Progressive Labor Party (Maoist) comprehends the real needs and problems of modern Americans.” At the time of his writing of the article, he had also authored stories for The Washington Post and oversaw editorial writing at The Harvard Crimson campus newspaper.
Blumenthal’s activities during the 1960s have been the subject of national controversy, after he was caught on tape falsely claiming to have served in Vietnam. Blumenthal has maintained that he unintentionally misspoke during those instances.