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Monday, December 12, 2005

Good night, and good luck

"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty...We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men - not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methods to keep silent...We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home."

Edward R. Murrow, champion of free speech

Good Night, and Good Luck is the stunning new film by George Clooney and tells the story of CBS broadcaster Edward R. Murrow and the struggle against Senator Joseph McCarthy's paranoid anti-Communism campaign. Murrow and his team brilliantly dissected the lies and distortions told by McCarthy and his media-cheerleaders and found a generally willing CBS management to back them. How things have changed. "Terrorism" is the new Communism and hysteria is always a fresh headline away.

Today, corporate news values dictate that "consensus" is reached with government and controversy avoided. Clooney may have made a film about a different age but it's quite clear he's aiming his anti-censorship message at today's self-appointed moral guardians and continual attempts at banning "seditious" speech or content.

Clooney focuses solely on the team's journalistic struggles and barely acknowledges personal lives. It's a successful ploy, and allows the striking cast room to develop their own personal reasons for challenging McCarthyism.

Now is the time to dissent, challenge and agitate, in an age where lies seem to carry more weight than truth. "Good Night, and Good Luck" shows us the way.

5 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

"anti-censorship message at today's self-appointed moral guardians and continual attempts at banning "seditious" speech or content."

I agree wholeheartedly - what they're doing to those poor pastors in Victoria is a disgrace, don't you agree?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 2:43:00 am  
Blogger Cuz said...

Can any leftists here name a single person who was unjustly accused by McCarthy of being a communist?

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 8:44:00 am  
Blogger James Cook said...

Silly spinmeister, tricks are for kids!

As you and I know, Joseph McCarthy only rarely said the literal words "You are a Communist!" Instead, he said everything but. He accused Edward R. Murrow himself of many things, quite incorrectly. He never said the words, "Edward R. Murrow is a Communist." Boy, does that make you right!

How about this one, "cuz?" Can you tell me how many factually incorrect accusations Joseph McCarthy made?

I'm sure you know the answer, because clearly you aren't just parroting talking points that can be seen on 5 dozen other blog entries. No, clearly not that.

So let's have the answer, "cuz." Or aren't you manly enough? Why no response? What are you, a ... Communist?

-Jim
Irregular Times

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 9:09:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

McCarthy was probably the least-fortunate representative for the cause of anti-communism the US could have had - despite it being a very legitimate cause.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 9:55:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

I have heard good things about this movie, Ant. I read a ripping review in, of all places, this month's issue of The Diplomat. I reckon I might drag myself along to check it out at Dendy next week.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 10:33:00 am  

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