Friday, October 14, 2005

"Good Night and Good Luck"

I plan to be a first nighter for "Good Night and Good Luck" the movie George Clooney made about CBS, Edward R. Murrow and Sen. McCarthy.

It was a dark time in US history and the first time TV news made an impact on society.

Lots of reviewers have looked at parallels between then and now - a timid press afraid to state the obvious or be tenacious. I think there's a lot to be said. Many people are saying finally the fourth estate is starting to do its job.

Hope to hear from those of you going or wanting to go. What did you think? I'll post my thoughts tomorrow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who are the "many people" who say the fourth estate is starting to do its job? A few self-congratulatory colleagues who saw a tough question asked during Katrina? It's EASY to be critical during a debacle like Katrina. It's harder when it involves patient digging or the intellectual grasp of a complex subject.
CBS is said to be considering a former MTV exec. to run its news division. You're in fantasy land if you think there's the slightest movement in the direction of Murrow-style journalism today.

Friday, October 14, 2005 7:50:00 AM  
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Friday, October 14, 2005 8:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the above post (not the first one, which should be deleted). Already the media appear to have allowed Bush and other federal officials to slide off the hook for their grandiose promises (i.e., political damage control) right after the storm. Here we are barely a month later, and it's all down the memory hole.

Friday, October 14, 2005 8:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto poster #1. Back it up. Who are these "many people?"

I thin the NYT, LAT, WaPo and other big print organizations have broken some major news but have been slow to call the BS on the Bush Admin. In fact, the NYT (via Judy Miller) was almost cheerleader for the Iraq War.

CNN has been a lapdog and sometimes hostile toward Bush opponents. We could use another Murrow right now.

Friday, October 14, 2005 9:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edward R. was fighting an evil politcian in McCarthy. What you need today is a Murrow type to correct what has become a weak, look for the easy story, self centered, agenda driven electronic media.

CNN-FOX-MSNBC have all become story of the day operations - what is going to drive ratings - where is today's disaster? Face it, the electronic media is done as a viable news source. Locally, you have TV stations understanding that they can't beat the "O" for the big story. So why fight them join 'em. Yuck.

Today's Edward R. should take a page from the "Bard" he said "Kill all the lawyers...", modify it to say "Kill all the consultants....."

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob Edwards did a great interview with Clooney and the actors. It's is available at

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:48:00 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

We could use about seven dozen Murrows right now. Here at the company that produced the film, Participant Productions, we're trying to push for citizen journalism and discuss the issues presented in the film at our social action site, Hopefully some folks at a news network that shall not be named will see the film and have personal revelations...

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:14:00 AM  
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From Marty Kaplan:

"Twenty minutes ago, to hear the media tell it, Rove & Co were geniuses, presiding over a generational shift to the right. Now, they’re lawyering themselves to the gills, and beltway speculation centers on whether the GOP could lose both the House and the Senate in 2006. Yesterday, you had to be some tinfoil hat-wearing Michael Moore type to connect the dots; tomorrow, conceivably, exposing the grand conspiracy will be a recipe for a Pulitzer.

Much as the mainstream media pretend to be disinterested, or even skeptical, the narrative they’ve spun until now has been fawning. They love power, and they love to be loved by the powerful. But Valerie, Terri, Cindy, Katrina and Harriet have finally forced the chattering class to unstrap its kneepads and radically rewrite the story. No one knows how this will all end. But the possibility that the potentates and pundits they’ve slobbered over these past five years will turn out to be perp-walkers and propagandists has forced the media machine to wake up and smell Karl’s Kool-Aid."

Friday, October 14, 2005 11:14:00 AM  
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Blogger oddman said...

I guess the communist threat was as ill-concieved as the terrorist threat according to you enlightened intuectuals that seem to run the media. You most likely do not have the means to protect yourself or your family when the corner street light breaks and anarchy erupts . You will look to Alec Baldwin or you're governmant to protect you. Guess what!

Friday, October 14, 2005 8:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see all of these posts about the demise of journalism electronic media which fail to note that the one electronic medium (radio) still has some journalists (NPR/OPB) that have similar quality journalistic standards as Murrow. You can call public broadcasting a liberal, latte-drinking blip on the radar. The reality is that OPB Radio is #1 (yes, numero uno w/a bullet) in the Portland radio market. Nationally, NPR outpolls Rush and just about every other national radio program. The reality is that Clear Channel and other owners over-bought and took a dive to the garbage pit. What's left (or centrist) is public radio and more and more Americans (in particular, Oregonians) are finding this the only true source for something authentic and good.

Friday, October 14, 2005 10:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's my question: does the movie go into the question of whether or not there were rampant communists and communist spies in the State Department?

That is, as distasteful as McCarthy was to the eastern ruling elite at the time, was he right? WERE there commies in the state department?

Of course the answer is YES! Does the movie admit that? Or is it just another anti-McCarthy screed?

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I have OPB as my default radio station but, I'm sorry, it's not great -- just better than the alternatives. Longer pieces don't necessarily mean smarter pieces, and I've found that reporters on OPB are just as prone to shallow thinking as their fast-twitch brothers and sisters in the more-commercial spectrum

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