Edward R. Murrow:
A Bibliography of Materials in the UC Berkeley Library












Books
Journal and Newspaper Articles
Web Resources
Good Night and Good Luck (reviews and criticism)
Article on Murrow from the Encyclopedia of Television

Books/Videos

Barkin, Steve Michael
American television news : the media marketplace and the public interest Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c2003.
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Cloud, Stanley.
The Murrow boys : pioneers on the front lines of broadcast journalism / Stanley Cloud and Lynne Olson. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
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Dizard, Wilson P.
"The Murrow Years." In: Inventing public diplomacy : the story of the U.S. Information Agency / Wilson P. Dizard, Jr. Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2004.
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Doherty, Thomas Patrick.
Cold War, cool medium : television, McCarthyism, and American culture / Thomas Doherty. New York : Columbia University Press, c2003.
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Explores cultural impact of TV, focusing on US Senator Joe McCarthy and the anti-communist "blacklist", arguing that television created a more open and tolerant society. Topics include TV shows "The Goldbergs", "I Love Lucy", Faye Emerson's breasts and censorship codes, "Amos 'n' Andy" and Blacks on TV, forum shows, President Eisenhower, the Kefauver crime committee, McCarthy's Voice of America hearings, "I Led 3 Lives", religious broadcasting, "Life is Worth Living" starring Bishop Fulton J Sheen, Edward R. Murrow, the Army-McCarthy hearings, homosexuality, "The Defenders", and "Point of Order!" movie.

Douglas, Susan J. (Susan Jeanne)
Listening in : radio and the American imagination : from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern New York, N.Y. : Times Books, 1999.
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Edgerton, Gary.
"The Murrow legend as metaphor: The creation, appropriation, and usefulness of Edward R. Murrow's life story." Journal of American Culture. Spring 1992. Vol. 15, Iss. 1; pg. 75

"Edward R. Murrow on the meaning of television." In: Witness to America : an illustrated documentary history of the United States from the Revolution to today / Stephen Ambrose & Douglas Brinkley, [editors]. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c1999.
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Edwards, Bob.
Edward R. Murrow and the birth of broadcast journalism Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, c2004.
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Ehrlich, Matthew C.
"Radio prototype: Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly's Hear It Now." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 51.3 (Sept 2007): 438(19).

Finkelstein, Norman H.
With heroic truth : the life of Edward R. Murrow Lincoln, NE : iUniverse, c2005.
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Friendly, Fred W.
The good guys, the bad guys, and the first amendment : free speech vs. fairness in broadcasting New York : Random House, c1976.
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Gates, Gary Paul.
Air time : the inside story of CBS News. New York : Harper & Row, c1978.
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Gould, Jack.
"The rise and fall of Edward R. Murrow." In: Watching television come of age : the New York times reviews Austin : University of Texas Press, 2002
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Halberstam, David.
"CBS." In: The powers that be / David Halberstam New York : Knopf, 1979
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Hosley, David H.
As good as any : foreign correspondence on American radio, 1930-1940 / David H. Hosley. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1984.
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Jensen, Carl.
"Edward R. Murrow." In: Stories that changed America : muckrakers of the 20th century / Carl Jensen. New York : Seven Stories Press, c2000.
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Kendrick, Alexander.
Prime time; the life of Edward R. Murrow. Boston, Little, Brown [1969]
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The Journalism of outrage: investigative reporting and agenda building in America / David L. Protess ... [et al.]. New York : Guilford Press, c1991. Guilford communication series.
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Leab, Daniel.
"The Lives of Saints." In: American history, American television : interpreting the video past Edited by John E. O'Connor ; foreword by Erik Barnouw. New York : Ungar, c1983. Ungar film library
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Leab, Daniel.
"See it now: A legend reassessed." In: American history, American television : interpreting the video past / edited by John E. O'Connor ; foreword by Erik Barnouw. New York : Ungar, c1983.
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Merron, Jeff.
Murrow on TV : See it now, Person to person, and the making of a masscult personality Columbia, S.C. : Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, c1988.
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Discusses the differences between television journalist Edward R. Murrow's weekly mass-audience television programs See It Now and Person to Person, the impact of these programs on his journalistic legacy, and the implications for future journalists of his transformation into a television "personality."

Mickelson, Sig.
The decade that shaped television news : CBS in the 1950s Westport, Conn. : Prager, 1998.
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"This insider's account, written by the first president of CBS News, documents the meteoric rise of television news during the 1950s. From its beginnings as a novelty with little importance as a disseminator of news, to an aggressive rival to newspapers, radio, and newsmagazines, television news became the Most respected purveyor of information on the American scene, despite insufficient funding and the absence of trained personnel. The author's account shows the arduous and frequently critical steps undertaken by inexperienced staffs in the development of television news, documentaries, and sports broadcasts. He provides facts and anecdotes about plotting in the corridors, the ascendancy of stars such as Edward R. Murrow, and the retirement into oblivion of the less favored. In a little more than a decade, television reshaped American life." [Communication Abstracts]

Miller, Arthur.
"The night Ed Murrow struck back." In: Echoes down the corridor : collected essays, 1947-1999 / Arthur Miller ; edited by Stephen R. Centola. New York : Viking, c2000.
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Murray, Michael D.
The political performers : CBS broadcasts in the public interest Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1994.
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Murrow, Edward R.
In search of light : the broadcasts of Edward R. Murrow, 1938-1961 New York : Da Capo Press, 1997.
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Murrow, Edward R.
"A Report to America." In: In honor of a man and an ideal... three talks on freedom, by Archibald MacLeish, William S. Paley [and] Edward R. Murrow; December 2, 1941. New York: 1942?
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Murrow, Edward R.
See it now. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1955.
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Murrow, Edward R.
See it now; Jan. 4, 1955. 4th ed. Show #18 [TV script of Murrow's interview with J. Robert Oppenheimer on the Institute for Advanced Study] <1955>
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Murrow, Edward R.
"Television and politics." In: Dons or crooners? Three lectures on the subject of communication in the modern world. [London] Granada TV, 1959.
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Murrow, Edward R.
This I believe. New York, Simon and Schuster, 1952-54.
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Murrow, Edward R.
This is London New York, Simon and Schuster, 1941.
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Persico, Joseph E.
Edward R. Murrow : an American original New York : McGraw-Hill, c1988.
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Rosteck, Thomas
See it now confronts McCarthyism : television documentary and the politics of representation Tucaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1994.
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Satter, James
"Edward R. Murrow." In: Journalists who made history / James Satter. Minneapolis : Oliver Press, 1998.
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Schoenbrun, David.
On and off the air : an informal history of CBS News New York : Dutton, c1989.
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Seib, Philip M.
Broadcasts from the Blitz : how Edward R. Murrow helped lead America into war Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c2006.
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Sperber, A. M.
Murrow, his life and times New York : Freundlich Books, c1986.
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Timberg, Bernard.
"Founders at CBS: Murrow and Godfrey." In: Television talk : a history of the TV talk show Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 2002.
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Woodward, Gary C.
""This Just Might Do Nobody Any Good": Edward R. Murrow and the News Directors." In: Persuasive encounters : case studies in constructive confrontation New York : Praeger, 1990.
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Considers Murrow's public reputation & society's reaction to his 1958 speech attacking the broadcasting industry.

World War II on the air : Edward R. Murrow and the broadcasts that riveted a nation
Mark Bernstein & Alex Lubertozzi ; CD narrated by Dan Rather. Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks MediaFusion, c2003.
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Journal and Newspaper Articles

Achter, Paul J.
"TV, Technology, and McCarthyism: Crafting The Democratic Renaissance in An Age of Fear." Quarterly Journal of Speech. Vol 90(3), Aug 2004, pp. 307-326
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"One of the most watched political events in the United States at mid-century, the Army-McCarthy hearings coincided with the early period of the reception and evaluation of television as a force in society. Although optimistic rhetoric often attends the rise of new technologies, worries and fears about the power of television pervaded coverage of the hearings. The popular press expressed concern that Edward R. Murrow and Joseph McCarthy exercised unrivaled control over television viewers. Murrow and McCarthy became condensation symbols in a new struggle over control of the airwaves, and their highly publicized standoff established discursive rules for thinking about the power of audiences, journalists, and politicians." [PsychInfo]

Adams, Val
"Praise Pours In On Murrow Show; C. B. S. Says Responses Are 15 To 1 In Favor Of Critical Report On Mccarthy." New York Times Mar 11, 1954. P. 19 (1 Page)
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Altman, Wilfred
"Edward R. Murrow." Contemporary Review 199:1145 (1961:June) p.279
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Baughman, James L.
"See It Now and Television's Golden Age, 1951-1958. Journal of Popular Culture 1981 15(2):
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"Edward R. Murrow brought his style of radio journalism to television with his See It Now documentary news program in November 1951. His personal style and the methods so successful on radio could not stay the drastic changes taking place in television journalism and programming in general, however, and the program was finally cancelled in July 1958." [America: History and Life]

Bernstein, Mark.
"Inventing Broadcast Journalism." American History 2005 40(2): 40-46.
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"In 1937, Edward R. Murrow moved to London to take the position of chief radio correspondent for Columbia Broadcasting Service in Europe. Over the next few years, Murrow oversaw the birth of modern broadcast journalism. Murrow wrote and reported his own stories, allowing his US audience to hear how Londoners coped during World War II." [America" History and Life]

Bliss, E. J.
"Remembering Edward R. Murrow." Saturday Review v. 2 (May 31 1975) p. 17-20

"C. B. S. Pays $6,336 For M'Carthy Film; Ends Dispute Over His Reply to Murrow by Covering Cost of Production." New York Times May 16, 1954. p. 46 (1 page)
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Cleghorn, Reese.
"Of Murrow and McGill: writing for eye and ear. (Edward R. Murrow, Ralph McGill) (column)." Washington Journalism Review 12.n7 (Sept 1990): 4(1).

Cogley, J.
"Murrow show" [career of Senator McCarthy]. Commonweal v. 59 (March 26 1954) p. 618

Culbert, David H.
""This Is London": Edward R. Murrow, Radio News and American Aid To Britain." Journal of Popular Culture 1976 10(1): 28-37.
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Suggests that Murrow's personal commitment and mastery of the arts of effective radio news broadcasting helped pre-World War II America identify with the British war effort and helped pave the road toward America's inevitable involvement.

Cull, Nicholas J.
"The Man Who Invented Truth": The Tenure of Edward R. Murrow as Director of the United States Information Agency During The Kennedy Years. Cold War History [Great Britain] 2003 4(1): 23-48.
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"Examines Cold War culture through the institutional history of an agency established specifically to shape that culture - the United States Information Agency (USIA) - and particularly its best-known director, Edward R. Murrow. The article looks at the divergence between Murrow's declared attitude toward international information (his "warts and all" approach) and the reality as experienced by his Voice of America journalists. Cases considered include the Bay of Pigs, the Berlin Wall and Nuclear Testing issue, the Cuban Missile Crisis, representation of Civil Rights (during which Murrow went some way to redeem himself), and the Vietnam War. Although the article uncovers only a few points at which Murrow influenced US foreign policy decisions, the achievements of his tenure are not to be found in overnight successes but in the cumulative flow of information and ideas. The author notes the irony that the Cold War was won for the free market but - in terms of information at least - it was not won by the free market media, but by the intervention of such state-sponsored agencies as Murrow's USIA." [America" History and Life]

Doyle, J.
"Murrow, the man, the myth and the McCarthy fighter." Look v. 18 (August 24 1954) p. 23-7

"Ed Murrow, of Radio and TV Fame, Dies" Los Angeles Times Apr 28, 1965. p. 1 (2 pages)
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Edwards, Willard
"A New Look at Joe McCarthy." Human Events Issue: 33:15 (1973:Apr. 14) p.8
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Edgerton, Gary.
"The Murrow Legend as Metaphor: The Creation, Appropriation, and Usefulness of Edward R. Murrow's Life Story." Journal of American Culture 1992 15(1): 75-91.
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"Explores the legend of Edward R. Murrow as the epitome of journalistic integrity, courage, and professionalism, which began with his broadcasts of the Battle of Britain in 1940, was exploited by television and radio broadcasters even after Murrow's 1958 attack on the industry, and has survived the 1965 death of this "patron saint of broadcasting." [America" History and Life]

"Edward R. Murrow, Broadcaster And Ex-Chief of U.S.I.A., Dies; War Reporter From London and TV Commentator, 57, Succumbs to Cancer." New York Times Apr 28, 1965. p. 1 (2 pages)
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"Edward R. Murrow-New USIA Chief: He Promises to Tell the Truth, Even When Not Flattering to the US." Human Events 18:7 (1961:Feb. 17) p.109
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"Edward R. Murrow of CBS." [See it now]. Newsweek v. 41 (March 9 1953) p. 40+

"Edward R. Murrow, RIP." National Review 17:20 (1965:May 18) p.410

"Fond farewell" [Edward R. Murrow's See it now]. Newsweek v. 45 (May 23 1955) p. 100

Godfrey, D. G.
"Ethics in practice: analysis of Edward R. Murrow's World War 11 radio reporting." Journal of Mass Media Ethics, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 103-118, 1993
"Edward R. Murrow's reputation began and grew with World War IL. This analysis, focused on his radio coverage, concerns two reports filed after he accompanied a bombing mission over Germany. The two reports provide a unique analytic opportunity because their foundation is in a singular experience. It is an analysis of the decision process, with ethical questions central to the development of the story. The author concludes that Murrow did not simply inform an audience. He demonstrated an idea, and his ethical Qhoices enhanced audience involvement. The choices were purposeful. Morrow believed that "to be persuasive, (journalists) must be believable. To be believable, we must be credible. To be credible, we must be truthful." Murrow made clear choices that directed an audience's definition of the event, the values and philosophies communicated, and audience loyalties. What the audience heard was a product of Murrow's ethical choices. Murrow's radio coverage reflects the demands of classical theorists and Leslie's ethical assumptions. Murrow combined a purposefully created experience and knowledge unlike any other report to "bring the reality of a conflict home to Americans, to identify them with a cause." Murrow assured his audience of his intellectual control over the subject by presenting facts as he consciously constructed within the experience and interpreted those facts logically." [Communication Abstracts]

Gould, Jack
"Television in Review: McCarthy Falters; Reply to Murrow Only Confirms Charges." New York Times Apr 9, 1954. p. 32 (1 page)
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Gould, Jack
"Television in Review: Murrow vs. McCarthy; ' See It Now' on C.B.S. Examines Senator and His Methods Film Clips and Sound Tape Used to Justify Vigorous Comment." New York Times Mar 11, 1954. p. 38 (1 page)
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Gould, Jack
"TV: Dismaying Start; Murrow's Urging B.B.C. to Ban Showing of 'Harvest of Shame' Is Criticized." New York Times Mar 23, 1961. p. 67 (1 page)
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Gould, Jack
"TV: Exploitation -- 1968; Recruitment of Migratory Workers for L.I. Harvests Results in New Slavery." New York Times Feb 6, 1968. p. 87 (1 page)
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Gould, Jack
"TV: 'Harvest of Shame'; Exploitation of U.S. Migratory Workers Is Documented on 'C.B.S. Reports'." New York Times Nov 26, 1960. p. 43 (1 page)
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Hamburger, P.
"Television" [Edward R. Murrow's See it now]. The New Yorker v. 27 (December 8 1951) p. 147-9

Kaplan, Philip and Currie, Jack.
"Night Raid On Berlin: Edward R. Murrow Flies With The RAF." American History Illustrated 1994 28(6): 56-65.
Transcript of a 4 December 1943 report filed by Edward R. Murrow that details the American journalist's emotions and observations after participating in a Royal Air Force bombing raid on Berlin. Murrow rode with the crew of a Lancaster bomber, one of 610 out of 660 to return from a mission that saw the loss of two other journalists. Excerpted from Philip Kaplan and Jack Currie's Round the Clock (1993).

Kuralt, Charles.
"Edward R. Murrow/" North Carolina Historical Review 1971 48(2): 161-170.
Biographical address delivered at the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, 1970, in appreciation of journalist Edward R. Murrow, a native son.

Landry, R. J.
"Behind the screens at CBS." Saturday Review v. 50 (April 1 1967) p. 30-1

Lemann, Nicholas
"The Wayward Press: The Murrow Doctrine: Why the Life and Times of the Broadcast Pioneer Still Matter." The New Yorker 81:45 [23 January 2006-30 January 2006] p. 38-43

Leslie, L. Z.
"Ethics as communication theory: Ed Murrow's legacy." Journal of Mass Media Ethics, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 7-19, Fall 1988
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"Edward R. Murrow has often been mentioned as the model CBS newsman, a combination of integrity, common sense, sound news judgment, and good writing and delivery skills. It is possible that these qualities emerged from something beyond mere educational and technical competence. Murrow may have had a "theory," a larger view of the world and how things operate, or should operate. Murrow's early life is explored as potentially holding clues as to the origin of such a theory. The author concludes that Murrow's theory has several applications to the present era of broadcast news. First, although Murrow was a known quantity, a known moral quantity, little is known about the views, moral or otherwise, of today's reporters. Secondly, Murrow's theory works because it does not trivialize the news. It assists in helping newspersons discharge their full responsibility, to themselves and to the audience." [Communication Abstracts]

"E. R. Murrow: image maker." America v. 104 (February 11 1961) p. 614

Mannes, M.
"People vs. McCarthy." Reporter v. 10 (April 27 1954) p. 25-8

Martin, P.
"I call on Edward R. Murrow." [Person to person interviews]. The Saturday Evening Post v. 230 (January 18 1958) p. 32-3+

"McCarthy Aids Enemies, Edward Murrow Charges; Newscaster Assails Wisconsin Senator, Offers Him Program Time for Reply." Los Angeles Times Mar 10, 1954. p. 8 (1 page)
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"McCarthy Completes His Filmed Reply to Murrow; Senator Attacks Commentator in Answer Set for Television Showing Tuesday Night." Los Angeles Times Apr 4, 1954. p. 22 (1 page)
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"McCarthy Gets Right To Murrow TV Time." New York Times Mar 14, 1954. p. 46 (1 page)
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McCarthy, J. W.
"Inside story of Person to person." Look v. 19 (December 13 1955) p. 85-6+

McGrory, M.
"Edward R. Murrow: noblesse oblige." America v. 112 (May 15 1965) p. 702

Morgenstern, J.
"See it now." Newsweek v. 79 (January 17 1972) p. 83-4

Murray, Michael D.
"Persuasive dimensions of See it now's "Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy." Today's Speech, 1975, 23(4), 13-20.

Murray, Michael D.
"Television's Desperate Moment: A Conversation with Fred W. Friendly." Journalism History 1974 1(3): 68-71.
Interviews Friendly about his broadcasts on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy in the 1950's, and the role of television in politics.

Murrow, Edward R.
"Report From Buchenwald."

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"Murrow to USIA." The New Republic v. 144 (February 13 1961) p. 5-6

"Murrow Time Offer For M'carthy Alone." New York Times Mar 15, 1954. p. 16 (1 page)
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O'Connor, J.E.
"Edward R. Murrow's Report on Senator McCarthy: image as artifact." Film & History Vol XVI nr 3 (Sept 1986); p 55-72
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Edward R. Murrow's Report on Senator McCarthy, originally broadcast as part of his See It Now television series in March 1954, merits classroom study as a historical document for its role in the downfall of Senator Joseph R. McCarthy and for the methods it used toward this end.

O'Hara, John
"The Controversial Edward R. Murrow." Human Events 25:22 (1965:May 28) p.11 G
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Persico, Joseph E.
"The broadcaster and the demagogue. (Edward R. Murrow, Joseph McCarthy)." Television Quarterly 24.n2 (Spring 1989): 5(18).

Ranville, Michael W.
"The Case Against Milo Radulovich." Michigan History 1995 79(1): 10-19.
"In 1953, Lieutenant Milo Radulovich, then living in Dexter, Michigan, challenged the US Air Force's attempt to revoke his commission because his father and sister were alleged to have Communist ties. The Detroit News reported the story in a way sympathetic to Radulovich and brought the case to the attention of journalist Edward R. Murrow of the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS)." [America" History and Life]

Rather, Dan.
"Courage, fear and the television newsroom. (Edward R. Murrow)." Television Quarterly 27.n1 (Wntr 1994): 87(8).
Edward R. Murrow's 1958 speech criticising TV journalism should serve as an inspiration to others. He had principled solutions for the problems faced by news departments. He believed in speaking out for ethics, and giving content a higher priority than form. He also supported the hiring of minorities at all positions for TV news. He believed in the good will and patriotism of TV managers and owners, although he was pessimistic about the degradation of news by commercialism and show business.

"Remembering Murrow." New York Times Jan 2, 1972. p. D13 (1 page)
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Root, E Merrill
"Edward R. Murrow: uprooted" [critical of his political views and broadcasting techniques] American Opinion, vol. 5, pp. 1-9, December 1962

Rosteck, T.
"Irony, argument, and reportage in television documentary: See it Now versus Senator McCarthy." Quarterly Journal of Speech, vol. 75, no. 3, pp. 277-298, August 1989
"Report on Senator McCarthy, part of Edward R. Murrow's documentary series See It Now, is a telecast that stands as one of the most influential documents in American public discourse. It is also one of the least understood. The standard response has been to label the program as flawed because it was not objective. The text of the program situates itself between the genre of objective news documentary and the genre of public argument through the ironic use of objectivity as a fabricated strategy of appeal." [America" History and Life]

Rudner, Lawrence S.
"Born to a New Craft: Edward R. Murrow, 1938-1940. Journal of Popular Culture 1981 15(2): 97-105.
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Describes the development of broadcast journalism and the "Murrow style" in London and Europe prior to World War II.

'See It Now' - Murrow Vs. McCarthy." US Federal News Service, Including US State News. Washington, D.C.: Apr 1, 2006.
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Gradually, [Edward R. Murrow]'s fear that [Joseph McCarthy] posed a real threat to civil liberties developed into a determination to use his TV documentary series "See It Now" against the senator. At that time, U.S. broadcasters were covered by the "Fairness Doctrine," which required broadcast licensees to present contentious issues in an honest, equal, and balanced manner and to afford persons or groups criticized during such a broadcast the opportunity to respond on the air.

Seldes, G. V.
"Murrow, McCarthy and the empty formula: giving equal time for reply." Saturday Review v. 37 (April 24 1954) p. 26-7

Smith, Sally Bedell.
"The chilling of Edward R. Murrow: Bill Paley got a stomachache; dumping his best newsman was the cure." The Quill 79.n1 (Jan-Feb 1991): 22(8).

Strout, Lawrence
"The Edward R. Murrow of Docudramas and Documentary." Media History Monographs; 2010, Vol. 12 Issue 1, preceding p1-21, 22p

Talmey, A.
"See them now: Ed Murrow and the man behind him." Vogue v. 123 (February 1 1954) p. 144-5

"Television in controversy: the debate and defense." Newsweek v. 43 (March 29 1954) p. 50-2+

Thompson, Craig.
"Columbia's Ed Murrow: A Portrait; Some Notes on the Life And Works of an Ace Correspondent." New York Times Apr 18, 1943. p. X9 (1 page)
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Thornton, B.
"Published reaction when Murrow battled McCarthy." Journalism History, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 133-147
"Answers questions about the permanent published record that television and editorial writers left behind, in newspapers and magazines, reacting to Columbia Broadcasting System newsman Edward R. Murrow's televised attack on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy on 9 March 1954. Did viewers, readers, and editorial writers publicly commend Murrow for using this new national prime-time medium of television to explore an important political issue? Or were viewers offended at Murrow's use of selected film clips of McCarthy at his worst? Another related question is: how did published reaction to Murrow in letters to the editor and editorials compare with reaction to McCarthy? This article explores public reaction to both Murrow and McCarthy in 2,343 letters to the editor and 2,107 editorials published in 14 daily newspapers from four areas of the country and four national magazines during March 1954." [America" History and Life]

"This is Murrow?" [Harvest of shame]. Newsweek v. 57 (April 3 1961) p. 82

"This is Murrow." Time v. 70 (September 30 1957) p. 48-51+

Timberg, Bernard M
"Who speaks for CBS? how Edward R. Murrow's last--and uncredited--documentary turned out to be his most powerful and precipitated a crisis at CBS news." Television Quarterly, vol. 33, no. 1, pp. 24-33, Spring 2002
Discusses significance of May 18, 1961 CBS Reports special investigative documentary "Who speaks for Birmingham?" about the racial divide between the Black and White communities in the Alabama city.

Tobin, R. L.
"Ed Murrow in peacetime." Saturday Review v. 52 (April 26 1969) p. 67

"Truthful image" [operation of the U.S. information agency under Edward R. Murrow] Economist, vol. 202, pp. 797-798, 3 March 1962

"Voice of a generation." Newsweek v. 65 (May 10 1965) p. 77-8

Wald, Malvin.
"Shootout at the Beverly Hills Corral: Edward R. Murrow Versus Hollywood." Journal of Popular Film and Television 1991 19(3): 138-140.
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In a 1961 speech as director of the US Information Agency, Edward R. Murrow angered his Hollywood audience by criticizing movies for the false and negative impression of American life they had propagated among viewers around the world.

Ward, Geoffrey C.
"Seeing Murrow now. (Edward R. Murrow)." American Heritage 38 (Feb-March 1987): 16(2).

Weeks, E.
"Saving the world every week" [See it now series and CBS reports]. The Atlantic (1932) v. 219 (May 1967) p. 124-6

Wershba, Joseph.
"Edward R. Murrow and the time of his time: a pioneer of broadcast journalism, who dared to uphold freedom of thought, and had the courage to be an American in a time of fear." The Quill 92.7 (Sept 2004): SS10(7).

Wershba, Joseph.
"The Murrow I knew." (Edward R. Murrow) (Special Issue: Television Journalism) (Obituary)." Television Quarterly 25.n1 (Winter 1990): 67(4).

Wertenbaker, C. C.
"Profiles [Edward R. Murrow]." The New Yorker v. 29 (December 26 1953) p. 28-30+

Whitehead, Don
"McCarthy Conflict Hits Boiling Point; Opposing Roles in Seething Drama Played by President and Senator." Los Angeles Times Apr 18, 1954. p. 12 (1 page)
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Good Night and Good Luck

Alleva, Richard.
"Civil courage: "Good Night, and Good Luck" & "North Country".(Screen)(Movie Review)." Commonweal 132.20 (Nov 18, 2005): 20(2).
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Amiel, Barbara
"Joe McCarthy, tragic hero." Maclean's; 3/13/2006, Vol. 119 Issue 11, p10-10
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Aucoin, Don.
"Remembering one of journalism's finest moments: 'good night, and good luck' brings to life how and why Edward R. Murrow pushed CBS News to confront Senator Joseph R. McCarthy's un-American tactics.(Words & Reflections)(Movie review)." Nieman Reports 59.4 (Winter 2005): 115(2).
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Buckley Jr., William F.
"Murrow vs. McCarthy." National Review, 12/31/2005, Vol. 57 Issue 24, p55-55
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Cenere, Phillip.
"Good Night, and Good Luck: all the senator's men.(THINK AGAIN: CRITICAL RESPONSES)(Movie review)." Metro Magazine 148 (Spring 2006): 78(5).

Doherty, T.
"Good Night, and Good Luck." Cineaste v. 31 no. 1 (Winter 2005) p. 53-6
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"A review of Good Night and Good Luck, a new film by George Clooney. The film is an earnest docu-drama about the "duel" between Edward R. Murrow, templar of broadcast journalism and face of See It Now (1951-58), television's original screen magazine; and Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, the demonic personification of the "ism" that predated and outlived him. More costume drama than social-problem film, Good Night and Good Luck is a rare and gutsy work that presumes a deep familiarity with the players and issues at its heart." [Art Index]

Faucette, Brian.
"Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night and Good Luck: George Clooney on U.S. Television, History, and Politics." Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 50, pp. (no pagination), Spring 2008
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Fuller, Graham.
"Confessions of a dangerous mind." Sight & Sound v. ns16 no. 3 (March 2006) p. 14-16
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"With his two latest films, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Syriana, actor/director George Clooney has positioned himself as Hollywood's pre-eminent card-carrying liberal. Good Night examines how legendary broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow helped in the taking down of anti-communist scourge Senator Joseph McCarthy. Syriana, which interlaces five storylines inspired by ex-CIA operative Robert Baer's memoir See No Evil, is a willfully complicated film that suggests that greed for oil is the global economy's root of all evil, including jihadism. Given his role as Syriana's ambiguous conscience, Clooney has received much right-wing criticism for the film's matter-of-fact portrayal of American corporate corruption and its supposed sympathy for terrorists." [Art Index]

Glazebrook, Olivia.
"Newsroom camaraderie.(Good Night and Good Luck)(Movie Review)." Spectator 300.9263 (Feb 18, 2006): 58(1).
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Hoberman, J.
"See it again: is George Clooney a serious filmmaker? He's made a stark, perfectly focused film on Edward R. Murrow's war with Joe McCarthy. So, yes.(FILM)(Movie Review)." The American Prospect 16.10 (Oct 2005): 41(3).
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Johnson, Brian D.
"Clooney to the Rescue." Maclean's, 11/21/2005, Vol. 118 Issue 47, p60-63, 4p
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Kemp, Philip.
"Good Night, and Good Luck.(Movie review)." Sight and Sound 16.3 (March 2006): 58(2).

Lippe, Richard.
"Good Night, and Good Luck: history replays itself." CineAction 70 (Summer 2006): 70(3).

Lopate, P.
"The Medium and Its Conscience." [G. Clooney's Good night, and good luck; cover story]. Film Comment v. 41 no. 5 (September/October 2005) p. 30-2, 34, 37
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"George Clooney's Good Night, And Good Luck is a dramatic reconstruction of the 1950s confrontation between newscaster Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy. It takes as its theme the responsibility of U.S. network news to speak truth to power, and its lingering melancholy is obviously intended as a commentary on the current political situation, with the Patriot Act, Muslim-Americans being imprisoned without evidence, and Jim Lehrer dubbed a traitor for showing dead American soldiers in Iraq. The film's politics are, however, fudged by the director's snug recasting of cold war issues as a simple case of decency versus intimidation, which leaves viewers with a moody, elegiac regret for a passing titan and no obvious sense of how to get out of the current mess." [Art Index]

Macnab, G.
"Good Night, and Good Luck." Sight & Sound v. ns15 no. 11 (November 2005) p. 26
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Part of a special section on the Times bfi [British Film Institute]London Film Festival. Good Night, and Good Luck is George Clooney's second feature as a director. Set in the early 1950s at the height of Senator Joe McCarthy's witchhunt for communists, Clooney's film centers on CBS reporter and anchorman Ed Murrow, who denounces McCarthy's bullyboy tactics on air. In doing so, Murrow risks his own career and exposes the network to McCarthy's

Nelson, Rob
"George Clooney: Harvest of Fame." Mother Jones. Nov 2005. Vol. 30, Iss. 6; p. 76 (2 pages)
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Rodman, Howard A
"See It Now and Again: Inside the Margins of Power with George Clooney and Grant Heslov." Written By 10:2 [February-March 2006] p. 28-32, 54-55

Ryskind, Allan H.
"George Clooney's Clueless Movie." Human Events. Oct 17, 2005. Vol. 61, Iss. 35; p. 1 (2 pages)
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Shafer, Jack
"Edward R. Movie: Good Night, and Good Luck and bad history." Slate
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Teachout, Terry.
"Journalism, Hollywood-style.(Observations)(Good Night, and Good Luck)(Capote)(Movie review)." Commentary 120.5 (Dec 2005): 69(4).
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Townsend, William D.
"Good night, good luck, good movie.('Good Night, and Good Luck Blared: Exclusive Engagement')." St. Louis Journalism Review 35.281 (Nov 2005): 15(1).

Trbic, Boris.
"Dark is the night: a television hero in a quest for justice in George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck.(Joseph McCarthy)." Australian Screen Education 41 (Summer 2006): 34(8).
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Tucker, Ken.
"Where Is Edward R. Murrow When We Need Him? New York. Sep 26, 2005.Vol.38, Iss. 33; pg. 63, 2 pgs
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Vitiello, Greg.
"Good Night, and Good Luck.(Movie review)." Television Quarterly 36.2 (Wntr 2006): 82(4).
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Witmer, J. D.
"Murrow vs. McCarthy." American Cinematographer v. 86 no. 11 (November 2005) p. 24, 26, 28
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"The writer discusses the work of cinematographer Robert Elswit on Good Night, and Good Luck, a film directed by George Clooney. For this black-and-white period film about journalist Edward R. Murrow, who took on Senator Joseph McCarthy, Elswit opted to shoot on color stock and to desaturate the images during postproduction. Consequently, he shot the film on Kodak Vision2 500T 5218 stock in the 3-perforation Super 1.85: 1 format. For around 90 percent of the shoot, he used two Panaflex Millennium XL cameras fitted with Primo T2.8 11:1 zoom lenses, and avoided filtration at all times. The film's lighting requirements included creating the lighting of See it Now, Murrow's television news program, with a single 5K. Following postproduction, the film was printed on Kodak's 2302 black-and-white stock." [Art Index]

Web Resources

Transcript: Edward R. Murrow: A Report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, See it Now (CBS-TV, March 9, 1954)

Senator Joseph R. McCarthy: Reply to Edward R. Murrow, See it Now (CBS-TV, April 6, 1954)

See It Now website (Museum of Broadcast Communications)

Edward R. Murrow information (Museum of Broadcast Communications)




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