Monday, September 04, 2006

Good Night, and Good Luck

Last week I watched the movie “Good Night, and Good Luck” about Edward R. Murrow and his fight against Senator McCarthy. George Clooney’s movie is an amazing tribute to true journalism. These people who were brave enough to take on the “junior senator from Wisconsin” are examples of what journalism is all about: working for the good of others.

Especially interesting to me was the fight between the journalists and the corporate interests at CBS. Murrow was able to bring down McCarthy, but he also damaged his own show in the process. We hear a lot about how journalism has fallen prey to big corporations and Wall Street, but the battle is not new. Journalism has never been popular, especially real investigative reporting.

Now more than ever, we need journalists like Edward Murrow and Fred Friendly who are willing to take on unpopular fights and stand for what they know is right, despite pressure from those who write their paychecks to do otherwise. We discussed this somewhat is my Journalism 132 class yesterday. Most of those who go into journalism are not in it for the money. They want to make a difference in the world and they want to help others. Too often we hear people complaining about media and their “liberal agenda.” “Good Night, and Good Luck” shows the sincere intentions and desires of journalists to help others and bring down the evils that others fear.

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