My dad distrusted TV news in general, and after Edward R Murrow parted ways with CBS, really really disliked it. I used to work with a woman who would bring him and brilliance up whenever possible. At the time it felt a bit much. Unfortunately, it doesn’t anymore.
I’m not a shill for the movie “Good night and Good luck,” though I am planning to see it. Feel a bit scared; almost as if I would recognize too many problems our country has today.
I do think that at this time in our country’s history we should be celebrating dissent instead of trying to stifle it. Really what is patriotism if not questioning things that you find wrong with our country, and trying to fix them?
Why has dissent become something that’s equated with “why do you hate America so much?” A little sick of that question; and while I will go back to regularly scheduled programming next week am putting in these quotes because Edward R Morrow said things that bare repeating today. No matter what side of the spectrum you fall into, any rational person knows that questions and civilized debate are the markers of a true democracy.
In 1935, Murrow joined CBS as Director of Talks and Education but was transferred as chief of the European Bureau two years later to London. Initially his task in London was to arrange cultural programs, but the coming of World War II dramatically changed his role. Murrow made a special trip to Vienna in 1938 to report on the entrance of the Nazis into the Austrian capital, “Herr Hitler is now at the Imperial Hotel. Tomorrow, there is to be a big parade…. Please don’t think that everyone in Vienna was out to greet Herr Hitler today. There is tragedy as well as rejoicing in this city tonight.” When war was declared, Murrow reported firsthand, beginning his broadcast with the phrase that would become his hallmark, “This is London.”
Many of Murrow’s broadcasts during the Battle of Britain were punctuated by the sounds of air raid sirens or bomb explosions. The CBS offices in London and the BBC studios from which Murrow made his broadcasts were bombed at least once. On at least one occasion, he broadcast from the roof of a building during a raid to report an eye witness account of what Britain was enduring. A selection of Murrow’s broadcasts from 1939 to 1940 were published in 1941 under the title This Is London. Murrow returned to the United States at the conclusion of the war in 1945 and was promoted to Vice-President of News, Education, and Discussion Programs, but he resigned the position in 1947. Later that same year, Murrow resumed broadcasting and was elected a Director of CBS in 1949.
Okay Anderson Cooper we’re beginning to count on you; and Jon Stewart, yes. Or should I ask the title question? Are bloggers the new Edward R Murrow?
His reputation as America’s greatest journalist lives on. The Edward R Morrow awards for excellence in electronic journalism have been given annually since 1961. Little Luce’s father aka Lucia’s last husband won one several years ago. Little Luce was his date to the awards ceremony. Hey this is my personal blog; I can throw in personal experiences. I took her to get her nails done; Angie Ralph did her hair; her mom bought the dress, helped her get dressed, and cried a lot over her baby looking so beautiful and going to such an important event. Okay, we all did.
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it”
A satellite has no conscience.
After last night’s debate, the reputation of Messieurs Lincoln and Douglas is secure.
Anyone who isn’t confused really doesn’t understand the situation.
Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices – just recognize them.
If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ in color for a full hour, there would be a considerable number of stations which would decline to carry it on the grounds that a Western or a quiz show would be more profitable.
Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.
No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.
People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.
The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.
The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.
The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order. With few notable exceptions, they are simply men who want to be loved.
The politician is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.
The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.
We are in the same tent as the clowns and the freaks-that’s show business.
We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
We cannot make good news out of bad practice.
We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
“To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.”
“Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.”
Good night, and good luck.
What are your favorite quotes?
There are a few quotes that really speak to me. I have said before that I find what is happening now to be scarier than the era of Joe McCarthy because communication is so rapid, and a few people who want to regulate our lives and our morality have taken to slandering every person who disagrees with them.
When I began Courting a year ago last August for writing practice; the Republicans were coming to NY for the RNC. I didn’t have a terrace or front street window to hang a banner from so I gave it the url www.freenynyfrombushtody.blogspot.com.
As the blogs before and after mine were generally “the diary of somebody Jones,” aka a porn blog, “and Jesus dies daily so you can keep sinning,” or “GW Bush, Cheney, Rove, Libby, aren’t they the best people ever,” I never read blogs, and couldn’t really understand why I would get comments telling me to move to France and other such stuff.
When I put it on BE and actually did read blogs I quickly understood that many bloggers considered my rights to be less than their rights. Then Cranky sent me something about “how only Muslims could be capable of a crime like this,” (killing Coptic Christians in Jersey City; it was a former tenant and his friend, who actually committed the crime, though a few people will never believe that.)
As I know Jersey City, and frankly it has had more than its shares of scandals, I knew that the police would do everything in their power to find the true killers. Also knew that they would probably use advisers from the NYPD who unfortunately have had to become the leading terrorist specialists.
Recently my moralvalues were attacked; I did make a big deal out of it because it was a darn story; people should still allowed to tell them without fear of repercussions or having to defend their morality to people who have designated themselves to be the moral police.
If there ever was a time to stand up and be counted in this country, it’s now.
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