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12 Jul

Murrow, Report from Buchenwald

The late CBS president William Paley once called Murrow “a resolute and uncompromising man of truth”. This piece of radio history is but a small example of why. We shall never see or hear the likes of Murrow again.

“We will not walk in fear, one of another.  We will not be driven into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and remember we are not descended from fearful men — not from men who feared to write, to speak , to associate with and defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular. . . .(Senator McCarthy) 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.”  Edward R. Murrow

Or as another great thinker put it:  “We have met the enemy and he is us.”  Pogo

If only we had such a journalist today!

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