McCarthy had his supporters, and he still does. One of Murrow’s issues with McCarthy is that he did not try to engage in true investigation and he tried to silence his critics with accusations. He did not participate in debate and dialog to find the truth. Had he sat down with Murrow, he would have found another person who believed that communism was a threat.
As a result of his behavior, Joseph McCarthy was censured by the Senate on December 2, 1954. He died in office in 1957 without ever regaining his reputation.