Director: George Clooney
Production Company: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
Year film was released: 2005
Running time of film: 93 Minutes
The thought of Communism, in the early 1950’s, created a large span of paranoia in the United States. However, some individuals were more verbal with these fears, such as Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. However, since Communism was such a heated issue of the time, CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to challenge McCarthy to expose the fear that he holds. Their actions and decisions made a large impact on both of them, and consequently helped bring down one of the most controversial American senators.
Analysis / Appraisal:
There were many themes incorporated into this film. First, one major theme was to not always go by what one hears. For example, in the beginning, Edward Murrow took on a case about this military man who was forced out of the military because someone in his family was supposedly a communist. However, there was no proof ever reviewed. The judge was handed an envelope but its contents were never reviewed. Eventually, he was reinstated back into the military when the accusations were proven invalid. There was no reason he should have been taken out in the first place.
Following this, another theme was media responsibility. This was shown when Murrow wanted to expose McCarthy because he had a sense of justice and thought he had to do the right thing for his viewers. Murrow was a journalist and a host of his own show; which a large portion of the public watched regularly. He noticed that the public, his viewers, were being pulled into this trap of the trend of a hatred towards all of that McCarthy accused and everything surrounding the idea of Communism. He felt responsible for spreading the truth to his mass audience and he was in a position where he could do so easily. He did follow...