Questions for Goodnight

1. What did you think of the film? Scale Zero to Four stars.
a. I really enjoyed this film it showed the power the media has for good and how Murrow was able to use his time on air to help the masses understand how crazy McCarthy really was! It showed so much of things that we’ve been reading and discussing about al semester. It shows how the media was scared of being targeted and so didn’t truthfully report about McCarthy doing anything wrong. I can understand why the network and Bill didn’t want to get evolved but it just goes to show you someone has to and CBS in my opinion looked pretty pimp exposing McCarthy for the lunatic he was.
2. What two words would you use to describe this film and why?
a. Entertaining, Interesting
3. What part of the film stood out for you most and why.
a. The part where the old lady is being accused of being a member of the communist party, which was ridicules. Even if that lady had once been somehow affiliated she’s a grandma! Seriously the movie shows two of McCarthy’s victims and they’re both the least likely people to be plotting against America. McCarthy, I think, meant well but the power got to him and he went crazy; he was a dangerous man and the one threatening our way of life far more than anyone else!
4. What was your favorite part of the film?
a. Murrow’s speeches, the one in the beginning, the one in response to McCarthy’s appearance on the show and the ne at the end. Powerful stuff!
5. Do you agree or disagree that there is sometimes only ONE side to a story?
a. I disagree; I think there can only ever be two sides to a story. Everyone feels that they are right and if you could really put your self in their shoes you would understand their beliefs to be as true as your own. Still, I think the only solution in to combined the better parts of each and discarding the left over’s. There’s your side and my side, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
6. Should a TV News Commentator (like Murrow & Friendly) take sides on an issue?
a. I know a reporter is not supposed to share his opinion’s on a n issue just report the facts, but when an issue as important as this comes up and opinions are needed to counteract the issue and get the truth out to the masses than yes it is not only right but a duty that said reporter speak from the heart and reach out to fix a great injustice.
7. In what ways (if any) does this film relate to today’s world? Give me one example to accentuate your point.
a. I think today most reporters give their opinions and even if they don’t different networks seem to stay on one side of the issues most of the time. The tragedy in New Orleans and the coverage of it, I think, is a good example of how this film relates to events taking place today. Or that whole bank bailout thing, or the war. Reporters have taken sides on these issues.
8. What is YOUR OWN PERSONAL definition of the word “patriot” or to be “patriotic”?
a. A person who does whatever he can to preserve the foundational values of our country to protect current and future generations life, liberty and happiness.
a. What scene or moment was my favorite from the film? List only one. More than one—answer will not count.
i. The part when McCarthy gets grilled.
a. What do you look for in a journalist? What do he/she need for them to be someone you turn to?
b. I look for someone who seems honest; who reports the truth and the facts and only when necessary delivers his opinion in order to really covey the severity of a situation. I appreciate a reporter who is calm and compassionate, professional, worldly and wise. Reporters that come to mind are Walter Cronkite and Lou Dobbs.

Edward R. Murrow –
1958 Convention of the Radio-Television News Directors Association

Speech in the beginning of the film

This might just do nobody any good. At the end of this discourse a few people may accuse this reporter… of fouling his own comfortable nest and your organization may be accused of having given hospitality to heretical and even dangerous ideas.

But the elaborate structure of networks advertising agencies, and sponsors will not be shaken or altered. It is my desire, if not my duty, to try to talk to you journeymen… with some candor about what is happening to radio and television.
And if what I say is responsible, I alone am responsible for the saying of it. Our history will be what we make of it. And if there are any historians about or years from now and there should be preserved the kinescopes of one week of all three networks… they will there find recorded in black and white, and in color… evidence of decadence, escapism… and insulation from the realities of the world in which we live.

We are currently wealthy, fat, comfortable, and complacent. We have a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses… and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us…then television and those who finance it those who look at it and those who work at it… may see a totally different picture too late.

Ike & Murrow’s Speech continued at the End of Film

We are proud because from the beginning of this nation man can walk upright. No matter who he is or who she is. He can walk upright and meet his friend or his enemy. And he does not fear that because that enemy…may be in a position of great power… that he can be suddenly thrown in jail… to rot here without charges and with no recourse to justice.

We have the Habeas Corpus Act and we respect it.

I began by saying that our history will be what we make it. If we go on as we are… then history will take its revenge and retribution will not limp… in catching up with us.

Just once in a while, let us exalt the importance of ideas and information. Let us dream to the extent of saying that on a given Sunday night… the time normally occupied by Ed Sullivan… is given over to a clinical survey on the state of American education. And a week or two later, the time normally used by Steve Allen… is devoted to a thorough-going study of American policy in the Middle East.

Would the corporate image of their respective sponsors be damaged? Would the shareholders rise up in their wrath and complain? Would anything happen… other than a few million people would have received a little illumination… on subjects that may well determine the future of this country… and therefore the future of the corporations?

To those who say, “People wouldn’t look, they wouldn’t be interested… they’re too complacent, indifferent and insulated”…

I can only reply: There is, in one reporter’s opinion considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right and this instrument
is good for nothing…but to entertain, amuse and insulate…then the tube is flickering now… and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost.

This instrument can teach. It can illuminate and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it… towards those ends. Otherwise, it is merely wires and lights…in a box.

Good night, and good luck.


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