Tuesday, October 11, 2005

See here now

A couple of links on MSNBC concerning the soon-to-be-released "Good Night, and Good Luck" (couldn't have Clooney thought of a better title?) The first is about the typical Hollywood glossover you've come to expect, and the other is a little more positive. I was just relieved that McCarthy has no apologists in MSM worth talking about.


C R Mountjoy - GDF said...

I certainly am not an apologist for McCarthy. But in the context of that time in this nation's history, the power and threat of the USSR was real, large, invasive, and left unchecked, could have dominated more nations and more hearts and minds than it did at its apogee. What McCarthy did may not have been right, but it certainly was necessary considering the threat to this nation the USSR posed at this time in history. Thanks for visitng my blog!

Gazetteer said...

I dunno.

I like the title - and for ol' Morrowites, I think it does mean something.

For slightly younger lefties like myself I just keep thinking of Billy Bragg's tagline in what I figure is his best anti-fascism song.

PJ said...

I know communism was a great threat to the USA, but the cold war did not warrent McCarthism. It got way out of hand and invaded privacy of ordinary citizens. I can see that going on today to a degree and in many ways. If it keeps up it will get out of hand again.

Nancy said...

"Good Night and Good Luck" was Murrow's standard sign-off, I do believe.

Looney Canuck said...

Gazetteer and Nancy, thank you, but I already knew that that was Murrow's signoff line. I simply maintain that it was a lousy title, and when I think about it, a lousy signoff line.

Mr. Mountjoy, I think that we would disagree as to how much a threat communism was. While they certainly wanted to take over the world, they were limited as to the means in which to do it ("fog of war" I believe it's called). Yes, communism was popular in many parts of the West, particularly when we were fighting on the same side with them against the Nazis, but many of them renounced it when the atrocities of Stalin became widely known. It had gotten to the point that if anyone ever entertained the thought that communism was a legitimate system, they deserved pretty much what they got. The thing that gets me about the McCarthy era (keeping in mind, he came in relatively late) is that many innocent people had their reputations ruined and their ability to make a living destroyed. It was a sort of collective panic that happens in every generation. You're welcome! :)

pj, I tend to believe that neo-con fanaticism, as well as poor diplomacy, has had its peak (or nadir) in last year's election. Most people get tired of it after a while and develop more moderate beliefs, but of course, there's always the die-hard fanatics.