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Magazine founder's son admits father was motivated by spite to accuse film industry workers of being communist sympathisers

Us film industry magazine the Hollywood Reporter has apologised for its role in kickstarting the infamous 1947 blacklist that destroyed the careers of writers, actors and directors accused of being communist sympathisers.

In its latest issue, the magazine features a column by Willie Wilkerson, son of founder Billy Wilkerson, admitting his father was motivated by spite to publish lists of left-leaning film industry workers that influenced Us politicians during the postwar McCarthy era. The elder Wilkerson was annoyed at having been shut out by an exclusive "club" of Hollywood bosses when he tried to open his own studio in the 20s, his son revealed. By way of revenge, the magazine's proprietor decided to destroy his enemies' most valuable commodities by labelling them communists.

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