Edward R Murrow Quotes

The wisdom of Edward R Murrow offers striking parallels to the world in which we find ourselves today. While I refuse to make this a forum for personal politics, I urge you to see George Clooney's new movie, "Good Night and Good Luck," which is based on the McCarthy Era and the team effort of Murrow and his associates to wakeup America to McCarthy's tactics.

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If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ in color for a full hour, there would be a considerable number of stations which would decline to carry it on the grounds that a Western or a quiz show would be more profitable.

From "See It Now"

Murrow's historic broadcast shown on March 9, 1954 on CBS TV:

No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to investigate before legislating, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly.

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We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men- not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn't create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it- and rather successfully. Cassius was right. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves."

Good night, and good luck.

Edward R Murrow Quote:

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow. There's nothing tangible of yesterday. All I can say I've done is agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes and then boom - it's gone.

A satellite has no conscience.

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After last night's debate, the reputation of Messieurs Lincoln and Douglas is secure. Edward R. Murrow

Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation. Edward R. Murrow

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

Edward R. Murrow

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.

Edward R. Murrow

Good night, and good luck.

Edward R Murrow Quote

No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.

Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.

Edward R Murrow Quote:

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.

People say conversation is a lost art; how often I have wished it were.

The newest computer can merely compound, at speed, the oldest problem in the relations between human beings, and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem, of what to say and how to say it.

The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.

The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order. With few notable exceptions, they are simply men who want to be loved.

The politician is trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.

The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.

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To be persuasive we must be belivable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful.

We are in the same tent as the clowns and the freaks-that's show business.

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

We cannot make good news out of bad practice.

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.


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