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The McCarthy Years chronicles the fall of a demagogue. In these dramatic and controversial broadcasts, Murrow used McCarthy's own words to expose his reckless abuse of power, and, in the story of disgraced Air Force lieutenant Milo Radulovich, put a human face on the "epidemic of fear" that was McCarthyism. The final disc contains Harvest of Shame, a television benchmark. Broadcast the day after Thanksgiving, this "1960 Grapes of Wrath" exposed the agonizing plight of migrant farm workers. "We used to own our slaves," one farmer is quoted. "Now we just rent them." This indispensable set will hopefully serve as inspiration for budding journalists, and a reality check for network news executives. --Donald Liebenson
- Four programs: This Reporter, The Best of "See It Now," The McCarthy Years, Harvest of Shame
- Murrow biography
- Timeline of events
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Murrow's broadcasting and his performances are totally free of celebrity-bias that is common among our contemporary anchormen. There's wonderful line in James L. Brooks' BROADCAST NEWS (1987-and still not dated). Albert Brooks is introducing William Hurt to the subtle art of reading the news correctly. One of his tips is: 'stress one word in each sentence - it will give an impression that you know what you're talking about' (I may have misquoted this one, since I saw the film in 1998). And William Hurt's 'Tom' does exactly that: without, of course, knowing what he's really talkin' about--but making TV-viewers BELIEVE that he does know.
Murrow didn't need this kind of tricks. His calmness, his constant pauses, his left hand holding a ciggaret, and his absolutely disarming (if rare) smiles and (even rarer) bursts of laughter, make one feel that here is the man truly concerned with what he has to say.
My favourite bit in the whole collection is one short dialogue between Murrow and Grandma Moses. He asks her about death, she remarks that she's not affraid of it, and Murrow begins a sentence, which - we cen sense that perfecly - was to be something like: "Is then death something you long for?".Read more ›
EVERY PERSON IN BROADCASTING SHOULD BUY THIS COLLECTION AND WATCH IT to get a great look at the man who innovated our business!
Good Night and GOOD LUCK.
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This was the perfect gift for our son who is into Retro TV and movies. He was thrilled with his birthday gift.Published on June 14, 2013 by Kathleen B. Isert
My wife, who is a journalism instructor at a University has found this collection an excellent source for giving her students a look at the man who could be considered the father... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Norris Klesman
When something is described as like new or mint, I take it to mean that it is indistinguishable from a new copy and I could give it as a gift without embarrassment. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by D. Goldstein
Grandma Moses' interview in the "Two American Originals" segment in the "See It Now" disk could have been historic, but important substance from the full produced interview by... Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by Fan of Murrow and Moses