The year is 1953, television is still in its infancy and the esteemed broadcast journalist, Edward R. Murrow (DAVID STRATHAIRN), anchors the popular news documentary show, "See it Now," on CBS. Murrow, alongside producer Fred Friendly (GEORGE CLOONEY), oversees a show that reports on the news items of the day. He also hosts the talk show "Person to Person," yet is happiest as a news reporter. The CBS TV newsroom is a constant hive of activity with secretaries typing, AP and UPI wires clicking away and the bustling of camera crews.
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Network television's first news magazine, "See It Now" aired on CBS for six years, starting in 1951, and quickly set a standard for televised news and journalism as a whole. Born from the Murrow/Friendly produced CBS radio show "Hear It Now," "See It Now" did more than just report the news, it engaged in intellectual discussions and analysis of the issues of the day, oftentimes leading into political and social commentaries.
ABOUT EDWARD R. MURROW
A legendary figure whose impact on electronic newsgathering is still felt to this day, Edward R. Murrow did not merely influence the development of broadcast journalism, he helped ... shape television journalism during its infancy with his passion for the truth and his tireless efforts to advance democratic ideals. more...
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Good Night, and Good Luck details the real-life confrontations between legendary television journalist Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Permanent Sub-committee on Investigations. Murrow's courage in enlightening viewers about McCarthy's abuses of power earned him a place in history as a shining example of the media's duty to protect the public good. ... A vigilant press and an informed public are essential to a healthy democracy. Great journalism is an extremely potent form of patriotism and the media has the responsibility to protect the public good by holding accountable the most powerful among us.
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