In the early 1950's, Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin exploited and exacerbated the air of paranoia in the United States caused by the concocted threat of Communism. CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow, a courageous investigative jouralist who had gained a wide reputation in reporting World War II news from London, and his producer Fred W. Friendly, decided to challenge McCarthy, exposing him for the fear monger he was. Their actions helped to bring down one of the most demagogic senators in American history.
This movie is vitally relevant to current events in showing how reaction to fake terrorism leads to groundless fears, complete abrogation of civil rights, and false imprisonment.
We need to experience such a movie now to realize what the cabal and its Obama administration are carrying out in creating a false fear of terrorism. In actuality, we should be afraid of Obama's heightening the criminal acts of the Bush junta through such policies as the National Defense Authorization Act: the arrest, detention, and torture of citizens deemed "terrorists" by Obama.
In October of 1958, Murrow delivered something of a farewell speech to his colleagues.
"I have decided to express my concern about what I believe to be happening to radio and television. . . I am seized with an abiding fear regarding what these two instruments are doing to our society, our culture and our heritage. . .
"If there are any historians about fifty or a hundred years from now, and there should be preserved the kinescopes for one week of all three networks, they will there find recorded in black and white, or color, evidence of decadence, escapism and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live. I invite your attention to the television schedules of all networks between the hours of 8 and 11 p.m., Eastern Time. Here you will find only fleeting and spasmodic reference to the fact that this nation is in mortal danger. There are, it is true, occasional informative programs presented in that intellectual ghetto on Sunday afternoons. But during the daily peak viewing periods, television in the main insulates us from the realities of the world in which we live. . .
"This instrument 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. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful."
William Paley, chief executive of CBS, ultimately lost his nerve and ended Murrow's fearless investigative journalism broadcasts. The cowardice of media executives such as Paley is in large part responsible for the irrelevance and mind-numbing inanity of television today.
Good Night and Good Luck illustrates just how effective bold-spirited investigative journalism has been in our national history and how it could be again. When we see the courage shown by Murrow and Fred Friendly during their day, we realize just why our constitutional liberties are being rapidly destroyed by the cabal and its presidential puppets and why we must continue to advocate for a renewal of a genuinely free and courageous press.