Sunday, October 23, 2005

Good Night and Good Luck


Edward R. Murrow, journalist extraordinnaire pictured above, bid his listeners Good Night and Good Luck at the close of each of his evening broadcasts.

If you do not remember, or never learned, Murrow is the courageous journalist from CBS (when it had integrity) who challenged Senator Joseph McCarthy's unconstitutional, hysterical, immoral witch-hunt of alleged communists in the United States. McCarthy ruined many careers with unsubstantiated claims that the target was a communist party member or even a mere "sympathizer". Anyone who dared to disagree with his tactics was accused of being unpatriotic and sympathetic towards America's enemies. Murrow and his producer Fred Friendly knew they would become targets and proceeded nonetheless.

Good Night, Good Luck tells the story of Murrow's fight against Joe McCarthy. Black and white throughout, with David Strathairn as Murrow and archived footage of McCarthy's Senate hearings, audiences get a bird's eye view of the drama as it unfolded in the 1950's. It is a sobering reminder of how easy it is for our leaders to use fear and hysteria to deprive us of our rights.

A speech Murrow gave 47 years ago at the Radio Television News Directors Association convention finds incredible relevance today,

We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable and complacent. ... But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.

This movie is a must see for anyone who cares about Freedom of the Press and the dilapidated state of American democracy.

17 Comments:

At 6:36 PM, October 23, 2005 , Blogger Crankyboy said...

Boy I wish I could get out and see this movie. My little one drains my energy completely.

 
At 11:38 AM, October 24, 2005 , Blogger Stalin the Shark said...

It's a great great great great movie - a must-see.

Especially effective is the original footage of McCarthy. Kind of reminds one of living, flesh and blood members of the Senate today.

:-), StS

 
At 1:27 PM, October 24, 2005 , Anonymous Rich said...

I can't wait to see this movie. It just came out where I am. I have seen clips on Charlie Rose and I find the comments of one of the military guys who came to see Fred Friendly (George Clooney) much like those made by some in the current administration. He said something to the effect of "Don't you think the people who have seen this evidence would be in a better position than you to judge?" Friendly responds by asking who these people were and if they were elected.

Murrow's crusade is highly relevant today.

 
At 1:44 PM, October 24, 2005 , Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

Apparently, the reich wing is not too pleased with the movie. That's how you know it's good. :-)

 
At 8:41 AM, October 25, 2005 , Blogger Reign of Reason said...

Great post... and a must see.

I hope the relevance to today's situation isn't lost on the majority of the populace.

 
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