The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, January 23, 2006
Excellent piece on Murrow
Noted for future reference: Nicholas Lemann's piece in the New Yorker (off the George Clooney movie, mostly) about Edward R Murrow (oft mentioned here).
A useful debunking of latter-day gilding of the lily: the liberal wet-dream of Saint Ed slaying the McCarthy dragon, for instance.
It points out that Murrow's anti-McCarthy pieces came after the Tail-Gunner had already cut his own throat by going after the Army; and were vastly more overtly political than anything possible from today's network news operations (eg the Killian memos).
And says that Murrow's TV journalism was essentially offered as a sop of quality to the FCC - though how realistic the threat was of FCC retaliation in the 1950s, I know not .
Vox clamantis in deserto, poor old bugger!
(He did, it seems, get to boff Pamela Churchill during the war, though. Not all gloom and doom, then...)
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