Calling Edward R. Murrow

I’ve noticed several allusions to Edward R. Murrow’s famous takedown of Joseph McCarthy the past few days; they’ve been inspired, I imagine, by the shameful and cowardly behavior of the GOP Senate last week — an ugly counterpoint to Murrow’s challenge to McCarthy. McCarthy was unable to cow Murrow, who had reported from London during the Blitz and had faced down more than one cheap bully, and it was Murrow’s confrontation of McCarthy that ended his reign of terror.

I’m unable to locate the original See It Now episode that triggered McCarthy’s downfall; the video above is Murrow’s final commentary on McCarthy, by which time McCarthy had been ruined and turned into an impotent cartoon.

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