This instrument [television] can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire, but it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box.
I know it’s been out a few years but I watched the film Good Night and Good Luck last night and can heartily recommend it to anyone concerned about freedom of the press or the current state of modern journalist. Directed by and starring George Clooney, it tells the story of journalist Edward R. Murrow who I’d never heard of until I saw this but the world needs more courageous broadcast journalists like him today.
The theme of the film is still relevant today. For the broadcast media’s reluctance to criticise Senator McCarthy’s communist witch hunt, read the same reluctance to oppose the illegal invasion of Iraq. It is always the responsibility of the media to question power and authority but this is becoming increasingly difficult in a mainstream media that’s owned by powerful business interests and beholden to the power of advertisers who ultimately hold the purse strings.