– Edward R. Murrow
From: The Daily Beast
This is on us, not just journalists but all citizens who are committed to putting patriotism ahead of partisanship. This is our Murrow moment. “We can deny our heritage and our history,” Ed Murrow warned, “but we cannot escape responsibility for the result.”
Murrow famously risked his career to confront a popular and powerful conservative populist demagogue, Senator Joe McCarthy. He secured his legacy through a commitment to independence and integrity.
McCarthy used lies and innuendo to intimidate critics, famously parading a fake list of communists in the State Department, accusing a Democratic administration of participating in a vast conspiracy to subvert our sovereignty and falsely declaring that the ACLU a communist front group. In an ironic bit of symmetry, among his aides was a young true believer named Roy Cohn, who would later become attorney for both mob bosses and Donald Trump. It was from Cohn that Trump learned to never apologize, always attack.
If you don't know about, or much about, Edward R. Murrow then let the movie:
Good Night, and Good Luck, directed by George Clooney,
be your introduction. Excellent film with David Strathairn givng a stellar performance.