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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Good Night and Good Luck

Roger Ebert writes of the movie, "Good Night and Good Luck": xxx

A movie about a group of professional newsmen who with surgical precision remove a cancer from the body politic. They believe in the fundamental American freedoms, and in Sen. Joseph McCarthy they see a man who would destroy those freedoms in the name of defending them. Because McCarthy is a liar and a bully, surrounded by yes-men, recklessly calling his opponents traitors, he commands great power for a time. He destroys others with lies, and then is himself destroyed by the truth.
xxxxxx The instrument of his destruction is Edward R. Murrow, a television journalist above reproach, whose radio broadcasts from London led to a peacetime career as the most famous newsman in the new medium of television. Murrow is offended by McCarthy. He makes bold to say so, and why. He is backed by his producers and reporters, and supported by the leadership of his network, CBS, even though they lose sponsors, and even though McCarthy claims Murrow himself is a member of a subversive organization.
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I enjoy well-done movies and "Good Night and Good Luck" is excellent. However, I do boycott certain actors/actresses who portray themselves as left-wing nuts and act like Joe McCarthy themselves. McCarthy was a liar; he made accusations of people, both public and private, without pertinent facts that would sustain themselves in court. McCarthy failed to provide due process to the accused.
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Ebert, seriously left-wing is frequently objective when reviewing movies. When a movie has political overtones one must be careful to read his reviews carefully for Roger enjoys slipping in a "slap" at the opposite side. Ebert writes:
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There are times when it is argued within CBS that Murrow has lost his objectivity, that he is not telling "both sides." He argues that he is reporting the facts, and if the facts are contrary to McCarthy's fantasies, they are nevertheless objective. In recent years few reporters have dared take such a stand, but at the height of Hurricane Katrina, we saw many reporters in the field who knew by their own witness that the official line on hurricane relief was a fiction, and said so.
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The reporters who witnessed the devastation didn't present all the facts, they simply showed us what they wanted us to see. Shepard Smith and Geraldo Rivera at FOX were near hysteria. The blame game, and false accusations were everywhere but Ebert couldn't resist getting off message.
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I enjoyed this move thoroughly; it was only 93 minutes long and chose to focus on Murrow and his clash with McCarthy. In black and white the characters were very real, the acting superb and the message factual, to a point. I followed up with some research and discovered the movie stayed focused on presenting what happening inside and out of CBS but Clooney did slip some left-wing bias into the movie.
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In a very intense meeting between Murrow (David Strathairn), Fred Friendly (Clooney) and William Paley (Frank Langella), Murrow's objectivity came into question. Paley told Murrow, "we report the news, we don't make it!" Mary Mapes and Dan Rather must have had Mr. Paley rolling in his grave while on their path to self-destruction. Mainstream media has lost its reporting skills in favor of scandal, entertainment and political slaying. Paley and Murrow wouldn't recognize newsrooms today.
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In the DVD bonus material Clooney interviews relatives of Murrow and Friendly and they feel much the same about today's climate of news "reporting." Clooney remained fairly objective throughout but here is the kicker. You knew it was coming.
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While discussing accusations, due process and fairness Clooney demonstrates he learned nothing from making this movie or he is intellectually impaired. Clooney claimed if there were political and judicial fairness today we wouldn't have Guantanamo Bay. He fails to mention any facts, much like McCarthy and moves on after making his point.
The left would do itself a favor and watch "Good Night and Good Luck" then do a complete study of McCarthyism for they have taken on his mantra of false accusations, character assassination and persecution. The left would destroy our freedoms and seek protection of our constitution only to apply it to jailed terrorists. Schumer, Murtha, Pelosi, Durbin and the rest are bullies and liars in the same way Ebert describes McCarthy.
As Ebert claimed McCarthy "destroys others with lies, and then is himself destroyed by the truth," I suggest the left will destroy themselves with their uncontrollable hatred and zest for power. Ebert discusses Clooney's inclusion of Eisenhower speaking on the telelvision set and questions its pertinence.
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Clooney's message is clear: Character assassination is wrong, McCarthy was a bully and a liar, and we must be vigilant when the emperor has no clothes and wraps himself in the flag. It was Dr. Johnson who said, "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel." That was more than 200 years ago. The movie quotes a more recent authority, Dwight Eisenhower, who is seen on TV defending the basic American right of habeas corpus. How many Americans know what habeas corpus means, or why people are still talking about it on TV? This brings us back to Guantanamo Bay and rights of terrorists.
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Habeas Corpus, Latin for "You have the body." A prisoner files a petition for writ of habeas corpus in order to challenge the authority of the prison or jail warden to continue to hold him. If the judge orders a hearing after reading the writ, the prisoner gets to argue that his confinement is illegal. Convicted prisoners who challenge their conviction on the grounds that the trial attorney failed to prepare the defense and was incompetent frequently file these writs. Prisoners sentenced to death also file habeas petitions challenging the constitutionality of the state death penalty law. Habeas writs are different from and do not replace appeals, which are arguments for reversal of a conviction based on claims that the judge conducted the trial improperly. Often, convicted prisoners file both.
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Ebert's left-wing beliefs clouds his thinking, he misses Clooney's purpose of including Ikes speech at the end. Clooney slipped in this protest of Guantanamo Bay, the Bush Administration and treatment of terrorists using an out of context speech of a former conservative President. This was Clooney's opportunity to criticize patriotism and flag waving, while portraying "lack of justice" for terrorists as unconscionable. Clooney silently suggests, "Shame on America."

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