Friday, October 14, 2005

Deconstructing George Clooney's Murrow-McCarthy Movie

I was intrigued by GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK because of its generally excellent reviews, but have also been a skeptic about how accurate the film would prove to be, given Clooney's political views.

Allan Ryskind of Human Events Online critiques the movie from a historical point of view.


Blogger Ugly Naked Guy said...

The McCarthy smear is one of the most successful the left has ever had. Most folks believe what they were taught in their H.S. textbooks. It was only recently that I learned that NO ONE was falsely convicted or had their lives ruined by McCarthy.

The other very successful smear that I always thought was true is the one where Reagan "closed all the mental institutions and that is why we have a homeless problem." My parents used to repeat that one all the time. I had to call our local network affiliate and set them straight on that one when they repeated the lie on air again. In case you don't know, the bill that closed the institutions was passed during his governorship under intense pressure from the left which sponsored the bill.

Anyway, I don't think I will see this movie, but I am interested in the new McCarthy book the link refers to.

8:58 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

A book tangentially related to these two subjects which might interest you:

REAGAN'S WAR: THE EPIC STRUGGLE OF HIS FORTY-YEAR STRUGGLE AND FINAL TRIUMPH OVER COMMUNISM. It's a pretty interesting read starting in post WWII Hollywood. (I think the threat of Communism in Hollywood has been underplayed over the years by the same liberal revisionists who haven't got the McCarthy story quite straight!)

9:16 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

I plan to see the movie -- but I had the advantage of having lived through all this, including seeing both of Morrow's shows "live" at the time, way back when.

Should be interesting.

PS: Human Events Online has a take on this:

"George Clooney’s Clueless Movie"

11:20 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Welcome, Jim! Would be interested in your opinion if you see the film.

I'm kind of torn about seeing the movie -- part of me is a bit reluctant to put money in George Clooney's pocket, and another part of me enjoys him and is curious to see the movie and assess it for myself. I find it interesting that he made it in B&W, too.

Hope you'll stop by again. Best wishes --

11:42 PM  

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