Goodnight and Goodluck

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Good Night and Good Luck

The film “Good Night and Good Luck which stars George Clooney is a story that portrays a conflict and between journalist Edward Murrow and U.S. Senator John McCarthy. More than a movie, it is a great learning tool and a look into just what the McCarthy Era was like at that time in history and how others perceived it to be. The McCarthy era is one of the most controversial times in history and most definitely the most heated political debate during the Cold War. It was a time when Senator McCarthy made the Red Scare worse and made the American people question who was loyal to their country and who was not.

In 1950, during the Cold War, there was a little known Republican Senator named Joseph R. McCarthy who quickly surfaced and became known s the shrewdest and most ruthless exploiter in of the nation’s anxieties. (Tindall and Shi, 950) He was an extreme anti-Communist who claimed that the State Department was infested with Communists and that he had a list of all their names. Many of the time McCarthy would make these charges and then have no evidence or source of reason, which would cause a lot of confusion. For example, he would first claim that the State Department had 205, then 81, then 57, and then just “a lot” of people who were Communists on a list that he didn’t necessarily have. Although he tried to find Communist in the State Department, he never actually found any at all. (Tindall and Shi, 950) In 1951 he put General George Marshall and Dwight Eisenhower on the the list among the disloyal. He persistently kept up his accusations with one success until the end of the Korean War. (Tindall and Shi, 951) Overall, throughout the McCarthy era, thousands of Americans were accused of being Communists and became the subject of aggressive investigations and questioning before government or private-industry panels, committees and agencies. The primary targets of such suspicions were government employees, those in the...
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