Good Night and Good Luck

Edward R. Murrow

Edward R. Murrow

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.

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One thought on “Good Night and Good Luck

  1. 1984 is well in swing, every avenue of rescitense is being blocked. Soon it will be too late.The International imperial monster must be stopped. Freedom of information is essential, but with the complicity of all the Media, the public Media included, Freedom is being squashed. As old as I am I want to support Wikileaks and Julian Assange. I am a pensiones, but I sent some money to Wikileaks jesterday. I want to protest and demonstrate against this oppression. I live in Sydney Australia, please keep me informed if any demonstration is being organised. Sergio.

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