Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Remember Real Journalists?

via Boingboing.net, a speech delivered by Edward R. Murrow in 1958:
For surely we shall pay for using this most powerful instrument of communication to insulate the citizenry from the hard and demanding realities which must be faced if we are to survive. I mean the word survive literally. If there were to be a competition in indifference, or perhaps in insulation from reality, then Nero and his fiddle, Chamberlain and his umbrella, could not find a place on an early afternoon sustaining show. If Hollywood were to run out of Indians, the program schedules would be mangled beyond all recognition. Then some courageous soul with a small budget might be able to do a documentary telling what, in fact, we have done--and are still doing--to the Indians in this country. But that would be unpleasant. And we must at all costs shield the sensitive citizens from anything that is unpleasant.
Read the whole thing.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Remember I.F Sone? The last REAL journalist. Telling the truth no matter how much it hurt.