Thursday, May 6, 2010

Good Night and Good Luck

My favorite movie of the two I watched. This movie shows the courage it takes to be a good reporter and the risks you take if you want to be the best at something. This was GREAT acting, George Clooney, David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, Ray Wise (Don Hollenbeck), Robert Downey Jr. all did a great job at portraying the event that happened at CBS during that particular era.
The fearlessness in a sense by the crew to go forth with a story that could possibly end their careers is admirable. To me this story kind of hit close to home, only because there was a part were Edward Murrow is talking to the American people about Senator McCarthy’s actions and says “We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep into our history and our doctrine and remember that we are not descendants from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write to associate to speak and to defend the cause that were for the moment unpopular” like immigration reform. To me this movie made me want to fight and keep fighting for what I feel is a just cause.
The way each character in the movie seems to really be afraid of what could happen to them makes you really believe they are the character. It almost seems as if I was looking into a room as the incidents were actually occurring. It also made me wonder if covering up information was possible then what makes it impossible now.
Reporters, writers, editors, journalist all try to be bipartisan try to report meaningful stories, pieces that really mean something that should be heard, unfortunately that does not sale. Now days it seems what Mr. Murrow feared has come true, television is for entertainment for the most part. Reporting has become such a joke at times that you wonder what is fact and what is fiction. I am sure he broke barriers for many people after him, but if he was around now, would he be content with what journalism/ reporting has become?

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic job on this assignment. I really enjoyed having you in class this semester!
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