Night, and Good Luck which retells the story of the 1954 confrontation
between senator Joe McCarthy and television journalist Ed Murrow of CBS.
McCarthy was pursuing Communists within the State Department and other
government agencies and innocent people were getting caught in the
crossfire, creating a climate of suspicion, mistrust and hostility.
Murrow used his prime time series See It Now to attack McCarthy and the
culture and mentality of McCarthyism, showing the senator to be a
hypocrite who persecuted his targets.
This is the story that is
told in Good Night, and Good Luck, a film born out of the creative
relationship between George Clooney and Grant Heslov. In this episode we
take a sideways look at the historical events and ask why Clooney and
Heslov chose to lionise not just Murrow but the whole See it Now/CBS
crew. We try to persuade Ed of an alternative interpretation of events,
with Murrow not quite being the heroic counter-establishment figure he
is in the film and CBS being a rotten media organisation with deep ties
to the CIA. We then explore how almost everyone involved in Good Night,
and Good Luck had either already made a film with CIA assistance, or
went on to do so. We round off talking about Clooney’s bizarre Las Vegas
connection, E Michael Burke, George Steinbrenner and (inevitably)
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