Friday, October 14, 2005


Clooney on Charlie Rose just now: "(Ann Coulter) did something to me which I would never do to her, which is question her masculinity."


I'll bet her huge adam's apple is bobbing up and down right now with sobs.

On a more serious note, if you're lucky enough to live in a city where it's opening, you should be seeing "Good Night, and Good Luck" tonight.

Murrow is a hero of mine. This is probably pointless (or, as Murrow said, "this just might do nobody any good") but I want to remind you of the kind of man Murrow was and the things he stood for.

In his 1958 speech to the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Clooney ended his riveting talk with a demand that I would ask reporters to recall and, dammit, bloggers to act upon today.
I do not advocate that we turn television into a 27-inch wailing wall, where longhairs constantly moan about the state of our culture and our defense. But I would just like to see it reflect occasionally the hard, unyielding realities of the world in which we live...

To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost.

This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful.

Stonewall Jackson, who knew something about the use of weapons, is reported to have said, "When war comes, you must draw the sword and throw away the scabbard." The trouble with television is that it is rusting in the scabbard during a battle for survival.
And, lest we forget his Ann-Coulter-maddening chastisment of Joseph McCarthy, I offer this.
The line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep into our own history and our doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men, not men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, and to defend causes which were for the moment unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthty's methods to keep silent. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result.
Where have you gone, Edward R. Murrow?


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