Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow, born Egbert Roscoe Murrow, was an American journalist whose name was synonymous with “courage and perseverance for the truth”. From his series of broadcasts during the World War II, till his death, he has had a huge influence on broadcasting journalism. His documentaries have been described as “changing Journalism as we know it” because of his persistent hunt for the truth. Murrow and his group “Murrow’s boys” reported the World War II from the front lines and was a correspondent for reporting the horrors of Nazi camps. After the war, Murrow and his team started reporting in television. Even though it was a fight he was later going to lose, Murrow bravely argued against his friend William Paley, founder of CBS, about the rise of primetime entertainment programming. He is also known for the infamous CBS show “see it now”, in which he attacked Sen. Joseph McCarthy and caused the senator to lose his power over the nation. He wanted to report stories about regular American people and investigated the case of Milo Radulovich, who had been discharged from the Air Force because his mother and sister were communist sympathizers. This article helped reinstate Milo Radulovich. It’s this thirst of getting regular peoples stories out there and trying to find the truth in all his stories that made him stand out from the other journalists. He believed that journalism is a necessary tool needed in a democracy and important in the life of politics. And his drive and courage to find out the truth is what journalists of this day and age need to cultivate.
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