Good Night And Good Luck Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Good Night And Good Luck Script





In 1935 Ed Murrow

began his career with CBS.



When World War Two broke out...



...his voice brought

the battle of Britain home to us...



...through his "This Is London"

radio series.



He started with us all...



...many of us here tonight,

when television was in its infancy...



...with the news documentary show,

"See It Now'.



He threw stones at giants.



Segregation, exploitation

of migrant workers...



...apartheid, J. Edgar Hoover...



...not the least of which, his historical

fight with Senator McCarthy.



He is the host of our enormously

popular show "Person to Person"...



...and tonight he is here

with his son, Casey...



...wife, Janet, and all of you

who he's worked with...



...inspired, lectured, and taught.



Ladies and gentlemen...



...the Radio-Television News Directors'

Association and Foundation welcomes...



...Mr. Edward R. Murrow.



This might just do nobody any good.



At the end of this discourse

a few people may accuse this reporter...



...of fouling

his own comfortable nest...



...and your organization may be

accused of having given hospitality...



and even dangerous ideas.



But the elaborate structure

of networks...



...advertising agencies, and sponsors

will not be shaken or altered.



It is my desire, if not my duty,

to try to talk to you journeymen...



...with some candor about what

is happening to radio andtelevision.



And if what I say is responsible...



...I alone am responsible

for the saying ofit.



Our history will be

what we make of it.



And if there are any historians

about    or     years from now...



...and there should be preserved...



...the kinescopes of one week

of all three networks...



...they will there find recorded

in black and white, and in color...



...evidence of decadence,




...and insulation from the realities

of the world in which we live.



We are currently wealthy, fat,

comfortable, and complacent.



We have a built-in allergy to

unpleasant or disturbing information.



Our mass media reflect this.



But unless we get up off

our fat surpluses...



...and recognize

that television in the main...


            being used to distract, delude,

amuse, and insulate us...



...then television

and those who finance it...



...those who look at it

and those who work at it...



...may see atotally

different picture too late.



Millie! Just the person

I wanted to see! Come here!



This goes at the top

of the Roy Campanella piece.



Yes! Give me a half an hour.



I may need it

a little quicker than that!



- Can I get some coffee first?

- Come on! Get me some coffee!



Morning, Johnny!



I have some new notes that go

with the Tito footage for Fred.



Fred's gonna be in

in an hour.



I already put them on his desk.

Can you just make sure that...



...he doesn't look at the film

until he reads the notes?



- Yes.

- Thank you.



Hey, Joe! Shirley!



- What's going on in here?

- What do you mean?



Two attractive people

alone in the copy room!



Don't tell Paley, he'll fire me.



He'll fire both of us, Shirley.



- Rules are made to be broken!

- You can afford to say that.



Let me see this.



- It's simply a loyalty oath.

- To CBS? - And to America.



You promise to be a loyal American?



I know. All of the reporters

have signed this.



Who are you promising this to?




Fred signed it.

Murrow signed it.



- Murrow signed it?

- Yeah.



Are you now

or have you ever been...



I thought it was a joke,

but there's a lot of pressure.



...on the Attorney General's list

of subversive groups?



- I don't know.

- Let's think about it.



What is it really saying? Is it a civil

liberties issue or censorship?



Am I simply stating to CBS

that I'm not a Communist?



- Murrow signed this?

- And Fred and Stanton.



- Maybe you should talk toMurrow.

- Maybe I should sign it.



If you don't sign this,

are you and I a target?



If I don'tsign it,

they'll fire me.



Sign it.



Finally we can tell everyone

the truth.



If I could express it

in what's in my heart now...



...I'd do it in the terms

of the poet who once said...



..."Ah, 'tis but a dainty flower

I bring to you."



'Yes, 'tis but a violet..."



"...glistening with dew."



"But still in its heart

there lie beauties concealed."



"So in our heart..."



"...our love for you..."



"...lies unrevealed."



I used to...



...pride myself on the idea

that I was a bit... tough...



...especially over the past

  -   months, when we've been...



...kicked around,

and bullwhipped, and damned.



I didnt think that...



...I could be... touched very deeply.



Okay, that's enough.

That's enough, Leo.



- It's short.

- Howlong is the piece?



It's   minutes,

but we can cut it down.



It cant stand alone, but it might be

a nice companion piece.



Let's go through this one more time.




Yep, got a call from the office

of Senator Morse this morning...



...interested in setting up

a debate possibly with Senator Kerr...



...over the comments

Bentsen made on last night's show.



Secretary of Agriculture? Good idea!

Can they do it by this week?



No, it would have to be   weeks

at the earliest...



...depending on Morse's schedule.

But still it's a great idea.



Let's follow up on that.

"Hoover speaks on Benjamin Franklin."



We're having better luck

with Mr. Benjamin Frankin...



...than with Mr. Hoover.



It may progress better

as a "Person to Person".



"At home with Ben Frankin.

His electricity awards."



We've got the footage,

we need to contact him.



See if you can contact him and get the

shot. He wants to do the story. Joe!



Member Delbert Clark?

No longer with us.



- New York Times? - Yeah.

- Our friend at the Times.



This was yesterday morning,

they're saying it's...



- How old was he?

-   . Sudden illness.



- Home of a friend.

- No, it's not a nobit piece.



Natalie send some flowers

over there from us.



Couple things.

Case before the Supreme Court...



...involving the constitutionality of a

section of the Internal Security Act...



...provides for the deportation

of any alien...



...if he becomes a Communist

after entering this country.



Can you take this?



All right. McCarthy interrupting

his wedding trip...


            take charge of the investigation

of Communist infiltration...



- Natalie, send some flowers.

- Poor Mrs. McCarthy!



May I finish?

It's national security!



- A real ladies' man!

- Well, they're in love.



We have no show for Tuesday, fellows.

So get out there and make some news.



Rob a bank. Mug an old lady.

Do something.



- You look at the Secretary Stevens

footage? - We will.



Watch it all the way to the end,

it's worth it.



Thank you, John.



There's notmuch there.



I can't tie it to the Eisenhower

in the back of the train piece.



- You ever spend any time in Detroit,

Fred? - Not recently.



There's a story here

in the Detroit News, Dexter, Michigan.



A kid named Milo Radulovich.



- Italian? - Irish. Air Force

kicked him out because his dad...



...reads ome Serbian newspaper.

- Was he a Communist? - I don't know.



- Who brought the charges?

- Air Force.



Charges were in a sealed envelope,

nobody saw them.



- Not even at the hearing? - He was

declared guilty without a trial...



...and told if he wanted

to keep his job...



...he had to denounce his father

and his sister. Thank you, Natalie.



- His sister?

- He told them to take a hike.



Let's send Joe and Charlie down there,

see if he's any good on camera.



Is he being brought

before the Committee?






Then it's not McCarthy.



Isn't it?



Milo Radulovich.



What happens to your children...



...your  -year-old and your  -month-old

in terms of you?



If I am being judged

on my relatives...



...are my children going

to be asked to denounce me?



Are they going to be judged

on what their father was labeled?



Are they going to have to explain

to their friends, etc...



...why their father

is a security risk?



If the thing is let stand

as it, the first recommendation...



...was sent out by the board,

I see a chain reaction that...



...has no end to anybody,

for anybody.



Well, that's new.



You can't call this

a neutral piece.



The other side's been represented

rather well for the last   years.



The Air Force

hasn't gone on the record.



So you want to forego the standards

you've stuck to for    years...



...both sides, no commentary.



- We all editorialize. - I'm just

making sure we identify what...



We're giving them

the information up front...



...and we're asking them

to comment on it.



Frank, hold on.



I've searched my conscience.



I can't for the life of me

find any justification for this.



I simply cannot accept

that there are, on every story...



...two equal and logical sides

to an argument.



- Call it editorializing, if you'd like.

- It is editorializing.



They'll have equal time

to defend themselves.



Do you understand the position

you're putting us in?



We are all in this together,

if the Senate wants to investigate...



Do me a favor...



...avoid any big speeches about how

we're all in a big boat together!



Please, don't insult me.



I have to go back to Mr. Paley

and Alcoa, who sponsors your show...



...and also have

some military contracts...



...and I have to tell them that

they're going to be in a tough bind...



...because of a beef you had

with Joe McCarthy.



- We're not going at McCarthy.

- You're starting the goddamn fire.



Excuse me. Mr. Friendly,

there's a Colonel Anderson to see you?



- Colonel? - He's in your office.

There are two of them.



Maybe they liked the transcript,

and want to compliment us on it.



Excuse me.



Go after Joe Kennedy.

We'll pay for it.



I've got a great story about Hoover.



You know how many shows

you're going to have to do...


            make up for this? - And Judy

and her daughter Liza next week.



No, no.

You're interviewing Rin Tin Tin!



I'll talk to Mr. Paley.



Alcoa wont pay for the ads.



And we probably wont either.

But nobody'll stop you.



How much are the ads?



-     .

- I'll split it with Fred.



He just won't have Christmas presents

for his kids this year.



- He's a Jew. - Don't tell him that,

he loves Christmas.



- To be clear, you did speak

with the lawyers? - Yes, we did.



And we read the transcript. We've not

been allowed to see the footage.



Mack is on a plane from Dexter

right now with the last interviews.



We'll be going

right down to the wire.



Your show airs tomorrow. How can we

possibly approve and check...



...your story in the limited amount

of time you have given us?



With all due respect, you have been

invited to participate in this piece...



...not to approve it.



We are going with the story

that says that the U.S. Air Force...



...tried Milo Radulovich

without any evidence...



...and found him guilty

of being a security risk...



...without his Constitutional rights...

- You have not seen the evidence...



...and are claiming

he's not a security risk.



Wouldn't you guess that those who have

seen the contents of that envelope...



...might have a better idea of what

makes someone a danger to his country?



- Who? Who? - Or do you think

it should just be you that decides?



Who are the people?

Are they elected? Are they appointed?



Do they have an axe to grind?

Is it you, sir?



Or you, Colonel Jenkns? Do you know

the contents of that sealed envelope?



We have been a friend and ally of both

Mr. Murrow and CBS News for many years.



The story you are going

to run tomorrow is without merit.



So before you take any steps

that cannot be undone...



...I strongly urge you

to reconsider your stand.



These are very dangerous waters

you are attempting to navigate.



We have had no hearing at all.

We have had noday in court.



In all the    years that I have been

a practicing attorney in Detroit...



...I have never witnessed such a farce

and travesty upon justice...


            this thing has developed.



- Now this whole theory...

- Eddie, just take the first reel.



Tell John I left

  seconds extra leader.



  seconds! I got it! Palmer,

where's Joe? Have you seen Joe?



He's on his way

to the control room.



We're gonna have to do

the voice-over live.



Natalie, I need a booth

with a live mic.



Booth is there, it's already set.



We didn't have time

to sync the voice-over out.



That's not what I asked for.



It's missing the voice-over

on the last piece.



There's a commercial in the booth.

What shall I do?



-   minutes to air! - There's not

supposed to be a commercial!



Get himout of the booth!



 -and-a-half minutes

on the end piece.



Keep it down, please.

It's a little loud.



  minutes to air, fellas.



- He's gonna add a joke.

- Charlie, loan me your lighter.



Make sure you know that I swap

with those two pieces of parents.



- As long as he talks fast because...

- He will talk fast.



We got the film.



Will it be ready?



You bet.



Funny thing, Freddy!



Every time you light a cigarette

for me, I know you're lying.



It occurs t ome

we might not get away with this one.



Alcoa, the aluminum company

of America...



-    seconds.

- You fellas, ready? Okay.



Ready on camera  .






Pan, camera  .



Good evening.



A few weeks ago there occurred a few

obscure notices in the newspapers...



...about Milo Radulovich...



...a lieutenant

in the Air Force Reserves.



And, also, something about Air Force

regulation   -  ...



...which states that a man

may be regarded as a security risk...



...if he has close and continuing

association with Communists...



...or people believed

to have Communist sympathies.



Lieutenant Radulovich was asked

to resign in August. He declined.



A board was called

and heard his case.



At the end it was recommended that

he be severed from the Air Force...



...although it was also stated

that there was no question whatever...


            to the Lieutenant's loyalty.



We propose to examine,

in so far as we can...



...the case of Lieutenant Radulovich.



Our reporter, Joe Wershba,

cameraman, Charlie Mack.



This is the town of Dexter, Michigan.

Population     .



This statue is at the end

of Ann Arbor Street erected by...



What did the General

tell you yesterday?



- A Colonel. There were two of them.

- That makes a General.



They weren't too pleased.



You're gonna get audited this year.



Not me, you. I told them

I didn't want to do the story.



- You always were yellow.

- Better than red.



In    seconds.



This is the sister,

Margaret Radulovich Fishman.



She neither defends nor explains

her political activities.



I feel that my activities,

be what they may...



...or my political beliefs

are my own private affair.



Are my children going to be asked

to denounce me?



Are they going to be judged

on what their father was labeled?



Are they going to have to explain

to their friends, etc...



...why their father

is a security risk?



I see, absolutely,

that this is a chain reaction.



If the thing is let stand as it,

the first recommendation...



...was sent out by the board

I see a chain reaction...



...that has no end to anybody,

for anybody.



Perhaps you will permit me

to read a few sentences...



...because I would like to say

rather precisely what I mean.



We have told the Air Force

that we will provide facilities...



...for any comments, criticisms,

or corrections it may wish to make...


            to the case of Milo Radulovich.



We are unable to judge the charges

against his father or sister...



...because neither we, nor you,

nor they, nor the lawyers...



...nor the Lieutenant, know what was

contained in that manila envelope.



Was it hearsay,

rumor, gossip, slander...



...or hard ascertainable facts that

could be backed by credible witnesses?



We do not know.



We believe the son shall not bear

the iniquity of the father.



Even though that iniquity be proved

and in this case it was not.



But we believe too that this case

illustrates the urgent need...



...for the Armed Forces to communicate

more fully than they have so far done...



...the procedures and regulations

to be followed...


            attempting to protect

the national security...



...and the rights of the individual

at the same time.



Whatever happens in this area

of the relationship...



...between the individual

and the state...



...we will do it ourselves...


            cannot be blamed on Malenkov

or Mao Tse-Tung or even our allies.



And, it seems to us,

Fred Friendly and myself...



...that this is a subject

that should be argued about endlessly.



Good night, and good luck.



And we'reout.



May I tell you something

about yourself...



May I tellyou something

about yourself...


            a member

of the "Person to Person" audience?



Based on audience

research studies...


            are well above average

in education and intelligence.



Your interests are wide,

from world affairs and science...


            sports and show business.



And you have one characteristic

that's rather encouraging to me...



...and that's the fact that you are

not easily persuaded by advertising.



The makers of Kent considered

all these characteristics...



...when they chose

Mr. Murrow'sprogram...


            tell you about Kent.



Of all leading filter cigarettes,

Kent filter's best.



If you try Kent with that in mind,

I think you'll agree...



...with many other thinking people

who havec hanged to Kent.



They find that it makes good sense

to smoke Kent and good smoking, too.



- Did you get the changes?

- Edward Murrow, "Person to Person"...



...on the CBS Television Network.

- No, no. You there? Okay. We got it.



Now back to Ed Murrow.



Not since the silent movies

and the idols they produced...



...has Hollywood witnessed the sort

of pilgrimage that is now going on.



Each day, oblivious to time,

weather, and the state of the world...



...sightseers head in the direction

of California's San Fernando Valley.



For there, at the end

of the tourist line, is Sherman Oaks...



...and the home Liberace

has built for himself and his mother.



This is the front and nobody knows

how many people have seen that view.



This is the back of the house

and that's Liberace's bedroom.



- Good evening, Lee.

- Good evening, Ed.



- What are you doing? - I'm dictating

my weekly syndicated newspaper column...



...and on my trusty tape recorder here,

I'm also dictating a book.



- It's an inspirational book.

- Lee, what about you?



Have you given much thought

to getting married and settling down?



Actually, I've given

a lot of thought to it...



...but I don't believe in getting married

just for the sake of getting married.



I want to someday

find the perfect mate...



...and settle down to what I hope will

be a marriage that will be blessed...



and will be a lasting union.



I was reading

about lovely young Princess Margaret...



...and she's lookng

for her dream man, too...



...and I hope she finds him someday.



Uh-huh. Lee, thanks very much

for letting us come and visit you.



It's been very pleasant.



And will you say goodnight

to your family for us?



- I certainly will.

- Thanks a lot.



- Good night, Ed.

- Good night, Lee.



Next week, we'll take you

to Beverly Hills, California...


            the house of Mickey Rooney

and his newbride.



Until then,

good night, and good luck.



Good show, Mr. Murrow!



Excuse me, Mr. Murrow.



Could you take a look at this

and sign it for me, please?



Thank you. Dr. Stanton

would like to have a drink with you.



- When?

- Now. He's at the Pentagon Bar.



I can't. What the hell

is he doing there?



- I believe he's waiting for you.

- Just call him! - Fine.



- Oppenheimer next week.

- It's a good show, Ed.



- Hey, Don!

- Ed!



You're getting good at this!



They're gonna think you like it!



Pays the bills. How are you, Don?



Ah, it's...





If she saw how good you look

right now, she'd be back.



You tell her that

if you see her, will you?



- I read the O'Brian piece.

- Yeah, it's tough.



I'm a pinko.

I slant the news.



I'm just waiting for him

to say my wife left me too.



- Nobody worth their salt reads him.

- You read him.



Well, see, I rest my case.



- Does Paley read him?

- Bill Paley's not gonna do anything.



Thanks, Ed.



I just came by to tell you

how great the Lieutenant piece was.



- Thanks. - How's the fallout?

- Mostly good, surprisingly.



Is this the start?

Are you taking sides?



It's just a little poke

with a stick, see what happens.



You let me know if I can help.



But you're a pinko.



I'll see you.



Hey, Joe! What's all this

Radulovich junk you're putting out?



I can't talk to you now. I have

to get this film back to New York.



What would you say if I told you...



...that Murrow was

on the Soviet payroll in     ?



- Uh! Charlie, you wanna...

- Sure. I'll set up outside.



McCarthy going

tot he Eisenhower dinner?



- I have no idea. Id on't keep the

Senator's calendar for him! - Really?



Have you ever seen any spy films?

You don't hand me a classified folder!



You're supposed to slip it

into my briefcase!



I didnt know who to give

this information to, Paley or Murrow.



As you can imagine, Fred and I

aren't very friendly. No pun intended.



No pun elocuted.



- What do you got, Donald?

- In short?



Murrows been a Communist

sympathizer since the     's.



Member of the International Workers,

sponsored educational trips to Moscow...



...and on the Sovietpayroll

in     . It's all there.



You wanna know

why that's not possible?



Why you'll lose this one?



Because everyone in this country...



...knows that Ed Murrow

is a loyal American, he's apatriot.



Did you know the word "gullible"

isn't in the dictionary?



- Can I give this to him?

- I'd love it! I have copies!



I think you guys go too far.



Well, if it walks like a duck,

talks like a duck.



Yes, Mr. Paley.



Right away.

Yes, sir.



No, he hasn't called.



Yes, sir, the second he calls.

If you're in a meeting, shall I?



Yes, sir.

Of course, sir.



Mr. Murrow!



Mr. Paley will see you now.



- Mr. Paley, Mr. Murrow is here.

- Thanks, Miss Mary.



- Hello, Ed. - Bill...

- Sit over here, will you?



How's Janet?



- Your son?

- All well, thanks. How's Babe?



She's fine. Her fundraiser

got rained on, so...



- Oh! That's why I never plan

on anything. - Really?



You'd never know.



Reading fiction?



I hope so. You tell me.



Now we know

how they're gonna come at us.



That's just the first shot.

Somebody's going to go down.



Have you checked your facts?

Are you on safe ground?



- Bill, it's time. Show our cards.

- My cards.



You lose, what happens?

  guys find themselves out of work.



I'm responsible for a lot more

than   goddamn reporters. Let it go.



McCarthy will self-destruct,

Cohn, all of them.



You said Corporate

would not interfere with Editorial...



...and that the News

was to be left...



We don't make the news,

we report the news.



He's marked as Communists.



If he goes too far,

the Senate will investigate him...



...and we will report on that.



He oversteps people's civil liberties.



And you're trying him in the press?



Does he get the right

to face his accuser?



You've decided on this

and you're presenting it as fact.



- What I am doing...

- I write your check.



I put you in your country house,

and I put your son through school!



You should have told me about this

before it went so far down the road!



Everyone of your boys needs to be

clean. Do you understand? No ties.



If Aaron's mother went to a group

fundraiser in      he's out.



Hewitt, too. Anyone in that room.

You make no mistake...



...I will cut them loose. Corporate

won't interfere with Editorial.



But Editorial will not jeopardize

the hundreds of employees...



...of the CBS.

Do I make myself clear?






Fellas, our next show is gonna be

about Senator McCarthy.



And we'regonna go right at him.



I don't need to tell you

how careful we have to be.



If we are to do this, Ed and I

need you to be straight with us.



We need to know,

for the good of the piece...



...if any of you have any connection,

if you subscribed to a newsletter...



...if you attended a party,




...anything that could compromise this,

anything at all...



...because now would be

the time to tell us.



Ed, I think I should excuse myself.



Palmer, you kidding?



My ex was a...

I wouldn't say she was a Communist...



...but she attended meetings.

It was before we were married.



I didn't even really know about it

until after the divorce.



But it was different then.

We were all on the same side.



I'm not telling you anything

you don't know. The thing is...



...somebody'll find out.



They'll hurt us with it.



I should have told you sooner, Ed,

I'm sorry.






If none of us had ever read

a "dangerous" book...



...or had a friend

who was "different"...



...or never joined an organization

that advocated "change"...



...we'd all be the kindof people

Joe McCarthy wants.



We're gonna go with the story,

because the terror is in this room.



John! Jesse!

Go through the HUAC hearings.



Eddie! Palmer! Look at who

did the interviews and any speeches.



Okay, fellas, here we go.



His own words,

that's what we need.



...said that he wouldn't remove

a General from the Army...



...who supported a Communist Major.

I said, "Then, General..."



" should be removed

from any command."



"Any man who says, "I will protect

and honor a General'..."



"...'who protects Communists', is not

fit to wear that uniform, General."



Ethically, we're fine.



But legally, if we air this, are we

leaking closed hearing testimony?



- But he chose to read it.

- We're not misquoting him.



- There are other reporters.

- If it's a legal issue, it's his.



I'll check with Campbell in Legal.



And wait till you hear

the bleeding hearts...



...scream and cry about our methods...



...of trying to drag the truth...



...from those who know

or should know...



...who covered up

a Fifth Amendment Communist Major.



But they say, "Oh..."



"'s all right to uncover them,

but don't get rough doing it, McCarthy."



Did a Civil Liberties Union provide

you with an attorney at that time?



I had many offers of attorneys...



...and from the American Civil Liberties

Union, too. - The question is:



...did the Civil Liberties Union

supply you with an attorney?



- They did supply an attorney.

- The answer is yes?



The answer is yes.



You know the Civil Liberties Union

has been listed...


            a front for and doing the work

of the Communist Party?



Mr. Chairman, this was     !



I know this was in     .



Do you know that they since

have been listed...


            a front for and doing the work

of the Communist Party?



I do not know

that they have been listedso, sir.



- You don't know?

- I have heard that mentioned...



All right, Leo. Turn it off.



- I need those three cans of Stevens!

- Has anybody read this book yet?



It would be nice

if this guy isn't a Commie.



- Did Millie give it to you?

- I wanna read the book.



- Nobody else, Joe.

- I hear you, boss.



I'll put it on a kinescope,

push through the end.



Palmer, cut it at  :  .



I prefer it one on each end,

let it run through.



It'd be more powerful.

Cut Kennedy?



Joe, file it for me.

I'll see the Mundt piece later.



Are we gonna make it, Fred?



We lost the telecine,

but we'll make it.



Did you finish your closing piece?



It's Shakespeare.



Write your closing.



My argument was if you just show

the images of McCarthy...


            doesn't make any difference.



If you agree with him,

you're gonna hate the piece.



If you don't, you'll love it.



Maybe they should wait

till they get more footage.



I don't think

wec an take that chance.



We've got to hit McCarthy

before he comes after Ed.



The blue one. They haven't gone

after the AIsops or Herb Block.



Honey, the AIsops and Herb Block...



...didn't work for the Institute

of International Education in     .



Then I guess it's time.



You worried?



I didn't think I was.



I don't know why.

I was in the office on Friday.



And I answered the phone,

it was Howard calling from London.



And he asked what was going on

with McCarthy.



And before I answered him, I turned

and looked over my shoulder...



...tosee who was listening.

- And who was listening?



Chairman Mao...



I'll see you at the office.



- Hey, your ring!

- Uh!



Name me another wife...



...who reminds her husband

to take off his wedding ring...



...before he goes to the office.

- Ava Gardner.



Excuse me, Mr. Friendly. Mr. Murrow,

Mr. Paley's on the line for you.



- Maybe he wants to reimburse us

for those ads. - You'd like that!



- I would like that!

- This is Ed.



There's a Knickerbocker game tonight.

I've got front row seats.



Are you interested?



I'm busy bringing down

the network tonight, Bill.



Is that tonight?



We're covered, Bill.



All right.



- I'm with you today, Ed, and I'm

with you tomorrow. - Thanks, Bill.



Do you know the timing

on the first piece?



Can we hold all the calls, please?



Hold the calls till after the show.

Thank you.



- You fellas, awake down there?

- Okay.



- Just... what are we?   ?

-    seconds, Ed.









And pan, camera one.



Because a report on Senator McCarthy

is by definition controversial...



...we want to say exactly

what we mean to say...



...and request your permission

to read from a script...



...what ever remarks Murrow

and Friendly may make.



If the Senator feels that we have done

violence to his words or pictures...



...and desires to answer himself...


            opportunity will be afforded him

on this program.



Our working thesis tonight

is this quotation:



..."If this fight

against Communism..."



"...has made a fight between

America's two great political parties..."



"...the American people know that one

of these parties will be destroyed..."



"...and the Republic cannot endure

very long as a one-party system."



We applaud that statement...



...and we think

Senator McCarthy ought to.



He said it

   months ago in Milwaukee.



The American people realize

that this cannot be made a fight...



...between America's

two great political parties.



If this fight against Communism...


            made a fight against America's

two great political parties...



...the American people know that one

of those parties will be destroyed...



...and the Republic can't endure

very long as a one-party system.



On one thing the Senator

has been consistent.



Often operating as a one-man

committee, he has traveled far...



...interviewed many,

terrorized some...



...accused civilian

and military leaders...



...of the past administration

of a great conspiracy...


            turn over the country

to Communism.



I was extremely shocked when I heard

that Secretary Stevens...



...told   Army officers that they had

to take part in the cover up...



...of those who promoted

and coddled Communists.



As I read his statement, I...



...thought of that quotation,

"On what meat..."



"...does this our Caesar feed?".



The questions is:



...did the Civil Liberties Union

supply you with an attorney?



- They did supply an attorney.

- The answer is yes?



The answer is yes.



Do you think this book

did considerable harm?



Its publication...


            an expression of the views

contained in it?



The sale of that book

was so abysmally small...


            was so unsuccessful,

that the question of its influence...



You can go back

to the publisher...


           'll see it was one of the most

unsuccessful books he ever put out.



He's still sorry about it,

just as I am.



Well, I think that's a compliment

to American intelligence.



I'll say that.



The Reed Harris hearing demonstrates

one of the Senator's techniques.



Twice he said...



...'The American Civil Liberties Union

was listed as a subversive front."



The Attorney General's list does not

and never has listed...



...the ACLU as subversive,

nor does the FBI...



...or any other

federal government agency.



And the American Civil Liberties Union

holds in its files...



...letters of commendation

from President Truman...



...President Eisenhower,

and General MacArthur.



Earlier, the Senator asked, "Upon what

meat does this our Caesar feed?".



Had he looked three lines earlier

in Shakespeare's "Caesar"...



...he would have found this line,

which is not altogether inappropriate.



"The fault, dear Brutus, is not

in our stars, but in ourselves."



No one familiar with the history

of this country...



...can deny that Congressional

committees are useful.



It is necessary to investigate

before legislating...



...but the line between investigating

and persecuting is a very fine one...



...and the junior Senator from Wisconsin

has stepped over it repeatedly.



We must not confuse dissent

with disloyalty.



We must remember always

that accusation is not proof...



...and that conviction depends

upon evidence and due process of law.



We will not walk in fear,

one of another.



We will not be driven by fear

into an age of unreason...



...if we dig deep

in our history and doctrine...



...and remember that we are not

descended from fearful men...



...not from men who feared to write,

to associate, to speak...



...and to defend the causes

that were for the moment unpopular.



This is no time for men who oppose

Senator McCarthy's methods...


            keep silent,

or for those who approve.



Wec an deny our heritage

and our history...



...but we cannot escape

responsibility for the results.



We proclaim ourselves,

indeed as we are...



...the defenders of freedom wherever

it continues to exist in the world...



...but we cannot defend freedom abroad

by deserting it at home.



The actions of the junior Senator

from Wisconsin...



...have caused alarm and dismay

amongst our allies abroad...



...and given considerable comfort

to our enemies.



And whose fault is that?

Not really his.



He 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."



Good night, and good luck.



And we're out.






Maybe nobody watched.



- We got nothing.

- I don't know. - Nothing.



Should I turn the phones back on,

Mr. Williams?



Yes. Now would be

a good time for that.



Turn the phones on!

Turn the pho...



Mr. Friendly wants the phones on.



It's the Junior Senator

calling collect.



Don't kid yourself. It's Reed Harris

thanking us for mentioning him.



I don't know whether all of you

have seen what I just saw...



...but I want to associate myself

and this program...



...with what Ed Murrow

has just said...



...and say I have never been

prouder of CBS.



Senator McCarthy said today that he

would demand equal free television...



Stevenson had charged that the Senator

made demagoguery and deceit...



...the national policy...



- Is that Hollenbeck?

- Congratulations!



Great show!



Feel like a Scotch?



I think everybody

could use a Scotch.



- It's  :   early editions are out.

- I'm not worried about that.



Of course not.

Shirley, honey...



...would you go across the street

and get the early editions?



- All of them?

- Just get O'Brian!



- Hey, watch my drink!

- Yeah.



Okay. Here we go.



- At last!

- The Times. - The Times...



- First?

- Good.



- Who wrote it?

- Jack Gould.






Edward R. Murrows television program

on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy...



...was an exciting and provocative

examination of the man and his methods.



It was crusading journalism

of high responsibility and courage.



For TV so often plagued

by timidity and hesitation...



...the program was a milestone

that reflected enlightened citizenship.



The program... Hold on!



The program was no less

an indictment of those who wish...



...the problems posed

by the Senator's tactics and theatrics...



...would just go away

and leave them alone.



That was Mr. Murrows

and television's triumph...



...and a very great one.



Here! Here!



- He hated it.

- Yeah. What's his beef?



Send the New YorkTimes

abottle of Scotch.



I already did. How do you think

we got that review?



- How's the Post?

- Pretty good!



- What about O'Brian?

- Uh, the same.



- Goon, read O'Brian!

- I don't have it.



- Got it.

- Oh. Here.



- There we go.

- Shirley, that...



We can't say we were surprised at

Murrows "Hate McCarthy" telecast...



...last evening, when his explosively

one-sided propaganda...



...edited with deviously clever

selectivity from McCarthy's march...



...against Communism,

was finished last evening...


            equally Machiavellian coincidence

the following telecast...



...featured Murrow's PM protege,




In an obviously gloating mood,




...hoped viewers had witnessed

his patron's triumph...



...from and for the Left.



Soon. Soon...



Shirley, it's okay.

Go ahead, finish it.



- No, that's it. That's it.

- Shirley, please, finish it.



The CBS has been in a lengthy

"clean house of Lefties" mood.



The worst offenders

on lesser levels...



...have been quietly

pushed out of the company.



Don Hollenbeck, a graduate

of the demised pinko publication PM...



...attacked conservative papers

with sly and slanted propaganda.



He then proceeded

through an equally...



...tilted review of the day's events...



...with McCarthy dominating his words,

actions, attitudes.






- It's O'Brian. - He didn't get

the Scotch, that's all.



- Is it grammatically correct?

- I'll have that cigarette, Ed.



- Thanks, Shirley.

- Oh. - Mmh. - Thank you.



Joe... Shirley...



It doesn't matter.



To Jack Gould!



- To Jack! To Jack! To Jack Gould!

- To Jack Gould!



I love Jack Gould!



May he rest in peace.



- Hello, Jimmy.

- Fred, congratulations! - Thank you.



I got such a hangover

to go along with the ulcer.



All the adguys on the  rd floor

watched the show.



Got a good review

in the New York Times. Jack Gould.



We're putting out a press release...



...saying that calls came in

   to   in favor of the show. - Really?



- Yeah. -    to  ?

- We got calls from everywhere.



- East Coast or West Coast?

- Yeah. Kansas City, Cincinnati...



Mr. Paley...



- Morning, Fred.

- Morning, Mr. Paley.



How's your wife?



She's fine.

We're getting ready to move.



- Really? Where to? - Riverdale.

We found a nice house there.



It's nice there.



Yes, sir.



Excuse me.



Fred! McCarthy wants William Buckey

to do his rebuttal.



I said no.



Yes, sir.



Hey, Johnny!



- Radulovich has been reinstated.

- What?!



Radulovich... Guys!

Radulovich has been reinstated.



- Jesse! Jesse!

- Where is Ed?



- He's in the bullpen. Why?

What's going on? - Jess!



Got some very good news.



Special announcement

from the Secretary of the Air Force!



Fellas! Listen up! Everyone!



I have decided

that it is consistent...



...with the interests

of the National Security to retain...



...Lieutenant Radulovich

in the United States Air Force. Stop.



He is not, in my opinion,

a security risk. Fullstop.



There you go. Harold E. Talbott,

Secretary from the Air Force.



Great job!



- Make a copy of that for me!

- I will do, Fred!



Back to work, guys!

We got a lot of work to do.



This means something.



- Good news, huh?

- Congratulations!



- This absolutely means something.

- Absolutely. This is the start of...






The CBS lawyers wanna talk to you.









I don't want you to get paranoid,

they're talking to everybody.



Any ideas?



Just tell them what you know.



- Now is that testimony true?

- No, sir, it is not.



Not at any time have I been

a member of the Communist Party...



...and I have never seen

a Communist card.



- You've never seen a Communist card?

- That's right.



Have you ever attended

any Communist meetings?



No, sir, never.



Have you ever subscribed

to The Daily Worker?



No, sir. I didn't subscribe to it

and I wouldn't pay for it.



Uh... Now, Mrs. Markward,

who was working for the FBI...



...who joined the Communist Party

under orders from the FBI...



...has testified that while

she never met you personally...


            a Communist meeting

that your name was on the list...



...of Communists

who were paying dues.



Uh... Can you shed

any light upon that?



No, sir. I don't even know

what the dues are...



...or where they were paid.

- So you have never paid any money...


            the Communist Party.



- Is that correct?

- That's right.



You've never paid

any dues, payment...



Thank you very much, Leo!



Good work, Joe, Charlie.



Now what is the show?



Is it defending Annie Lee Moss

as not being a Communist?



- Or is ither Constitutional rights?

- Both. - The latter.



We're much better sticking out

the Constitutional issues.



- Agreed?

- The woman is not a Communist spy.



Joe McCarthy said that they have

a spy in the Pentagon...



...that spy has gotten

into the code room...



...and that that spy

is Annie Lee Moss.



I've got New York Times reports.

McCarthy asserts he has...



...a new red link to Army. Quote,

"Senator McCarthy charged today..."



"...that the Army now employs

a woman in its code room..."



"...who was, and still may be,

an active Communist."



It's the front page

of the New York Times.



No sooner is he done chastising the

other committee members for wanting...


            push into the afternoon,

than what? Seven questions in...



...he ducks out, leaves...

- Right.



- Heleaves. - It's all over

the headlines, all over the country.



Get me copies from any newspaper...



...that printed anything

about that assertion.



That's a good idea. You should get

the Cincinnati Inquirer.



- Chicago. - Couple other pieces

I think we should include.



The fact that there's   Annie Lee Moss's

in the phone book.



There are   Robert Halls,

one's colored, one's white.



We have some footage

of the empty chair.



I think that says it all.

Just that picture of McCarthy not...



McCarthy leaving the hearing

after   questions...



...and then we'll cut

to the shot of thechair.



- We gotta do something about it.

- All right, so...



Excuse me. Mr. Murrow!

McCarthy wants April  th.



Thank you, Natalie.



Fine. If Charlie shoots it, we get

to see it first. We should offer.



- It's a long shot.

- What the hell could McCarthy do?



Is he gonna debate himself?

We just used his words!



Johnny! Johnny! We know

what it's going to be.



He's going to come after me.

There's nothing more he can do.



He's gonna bet that

a Senator trumps a newsman.



He'll lose.



Not if we're playing bridge.



- I'm sorry, guys. I didn't mean

to interrupt. - Hey, Don.



- It's getting fun now!

- Ed, you have aminute?



- Yes, I'll be right there.

- All right, boys. Playtime's over.



We have   days...


            do a    minute show.

- Yeah. - All right.



All right, go ahead.

Hi, Mary.



Hello, Mr. Hollenbeck.

Mr. Murrow...



- Could you give us a moment?

- Sure.



Thank you, dear.



I have to ask you something, Ed.

It's about O'Brian.



- O'Brian doesn'tmatter.

- He's killing me, Ed.



He doesn't amount to that much

in the newsroom.



We've got to let that guy have it.



We're not going after O'Brian. I will

not take on McCarthy and Hearst.



I can't defeat them both.



Just don't read the papers.

Or don't read O'Brian, anyway.



Okay. I guess not.



Sorry, Don.



Although Mrs. Moss

offered to testify...



...Senator McCarthy suggested

that she was too sick.



- She agreed... - Mr. Cohn wanted

to know about Mrs. Moss's connection...


            tell the truth, the whole truth,

and nothing but the truth...


            help you God?



May we get your full name

for the record, please?



Annie Lee Moss.



- M-O-S-S?

- That's right.



Mrs. Moss, let me say for the record,

for your information...



...for the information

of your counsel...



...that you are not here because...


            are considered important

in the Communist apparatus.



We have the testimony that you are,

and have been, a Communist.



We are rather curious, however,

to kno whow you suddenly...



...were shifted from...



...a worker in a cafeteria

to the code room.



I am today much more interested...


            the handling of your case...


            your superiors

than in your own personal activities.



However, counsel will question you

about your own activities also.



- Mr. Chairman!

- We will not hear from counsel.



You have been told what the rule is.



If you have anything to say,

say it through your client.



Chairman. Did you begin work

at the General Accounting Office in...



...    ?

- Yes, sir.



And, prior to that time,

had you been a cafeteria worker?



Yes, I had.



I see. While in the Pentagon,

since     ...



...have you had any connections

with coded messages?



Have you ever handled

coded messages?



- No more than to transmit 'em.

- Pardon me?



No more than to transmit

the message.



Than to transmit them?

Did you transmit codes?



To receive or transmit messages

was all I had to do.



And I've never been

into a courtroom in my life.



Do you know the...



...type of classification...



- Do you know if they were secret,

top secret, confidential? - No, sir.



- You wouldn't know the degree

of classification? - No, sir.



I see.



I'm afraid I'm going

to have to excuse myself, I've got...



...a rather important appointment

to work on right now...



...and I wonder if, Senator Mundt,

you would takeover as Chairman?



- Chairman. Uh...

- Cohn.



I have no further questions

of this witness at this time.



We have the testimony of Mrs. Markward,

the undercover agent for the FBI...



...stating that Annie Lee Moss

was a member, a dues-paying member...



...of the Communist Party...



...the Northeast Club

of the Communist Party.



We have corroboration

of that testimony by another...



...witness who was called

before the Committee...



...and gave a sworn statement

to the effect...



...that she also knew Mrs. Moss

as a member...



...of the Northeast Club

of the Communist Party.



She's already lost her job. She's been

suspended because of this action.



I'm not defending her. If she's

a Communist, I want her exposed.



But to make these statements

as we've got corroborating evidence...



...that she is a Communist,

under these circumstances...



...I think she's entitled to have it

produced here in her presence...



...and let the public know about it

and let her know about it.



I don't like to try people

by hearsay evidence.



I'd like to get the witnesses here

and try them...


            testimony, under oath.



The Chair will rule

that the comment of Mr. Cohn...


            stricken from the record.



I didnt ask that, Mr. Chairman!



...whether we should try to produce

a witness in public...



...because the FBI may have

her undercover and we don't want to...



You can't strike these statements

made by counsel here as to evidence...



...that we're having and withholding.

You cannot strike that from the press...



...nor from the public mind

once it's planted there. That's the...



...evil of it!



- Well, I'd look at it...

- I don't think it's fair to a witness...


            a citizen of this country...


            bring them up here

and cross-examine them...



...then when they get through, say...



..."The FBI has got something on you

that condemns you."



- The Chair agrees...

- It is not sworn testimony...


           's convicting people

by rumor and hearsay and innuendo.



You will notice that neither Senator

McClellan or Senator Symington...



...nor this reporter know or claim

that Mrs. Moss was or is a Communist.



They simply claimed that she had the

right to meet her accusers face to face.



One month ago tonight we presented

a report on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy.



We labeled it as controversial.



Most of that report consisted

of words and pictures of the Senator.



At that time, we said...



..."If theSenator believes we havedone

violence to his words or pictures..."



"...if he desires to speak,

to answer himself..."



" opportunity would be

afforded him on this program."



The Senator sought the opportunity

after   weeks...



...because he was very busy and wished

adequate time to prepare his reply.



We agreed.



We placed no restrictions on the manner

of the presentation of his reply...



...and we suggested that we would not

take time to comment...



...on this particular program.



Here now is Senator Joseph R. McCarthy,

junior Senator from Wisconsin.



Good evening. Mr. Edward R. Murrow,

Educational Director of the CBS...



...devoted his program

to an attack...



...on the work ofthe US Senate

Investigating Committee...



...and on me personally

as its Chairman.



Now, over the past   years,

he has made repeated attacks upon me...



...and those fighting Communists.



Of course, neither Joe McCarthy

nor Edward R. Murrow...


            of any great importance

as individuals.



We are only important...


            our relation to the great struggle

to preserve our American liberties.



Now ordinarily, I wouldnt take time

out from the important work at hand...


            answer Murrow.



However, in this case...



...I feel justified in doing so

because Murrow is the symbol...



...the leader...



...and the cleverest of the jackal pack

which is always found at the throat...



...of anyone who dares to expose

individual Communists and traitors.



And I am compelled by the fact...


            say to you

that Mr. Edward R. Murrow...


            far back as    years ago...



...was engaged in propaganda

for Communist causes.



For example, the Institute

of International Education...



...of which he was

the Acting Director...



...was chosen to act

as a representative...


            a Soviet agency...


            do a job which would normally

be done by the Russian secret police.



Mr. Murrow, by his own admission,

was a member of the IWW...



...that's the Industrial Workers

of the World...



...a terrorist organization

cited as subversive...


            an Attorney General

of the United States.



Mr. Murrow said on this program

and I quote...



..."The actions of the junior

Senator from Wisconsin..."



"...have given considerable comfort

to the enemy."



That is the language of our statute

of treason, rather strong language.



If I am giving comfort to our enemies,

I ought not to be in the Senate.



If, on the other hand,

Mr. Murrow...


            giving comfort to our enemies...



...he ought not to be brought

into the homes...



...of millions of Americans

by the CBS.



And I want to assure you...



...that I will not be deterred...


            the attacks of the Murrows,

the Lattimores, the Fosters...



...The Daily Worker

or the Communist Party itself.



And I make no claim to leadership.



Incomplete humility...



...I do ask you and every American

who loves this country...


            join with me.



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Last week, Senator McCarthy

appeared on this program...


            correct any errors

he might have thought we made...


            our report of March  th.



Since he made no reference to any

statements of fact that we made...



...we must conclude

that he found no errors of fact.



He proved again

that anyone who exposes him...



...anyone who doesn't share his disregard

for decency and human dignity...



...and the rights

guaranteed by the Constitution...



...must be either a Communist

or a fellow traveler.



I fully expected this treatment.



The Senator added this reporter's name

to a long list of individuals...



...and institutions he has accused

of serving the Communist cause.



His proposition is very simple:



...anyone who criticizes or opposes

Senator McCarthy's methods...



...must be a Communist.



And if that be true, there are

an awful lot of Communists in the USA.



For the record, let's consider briefly

some of the Senator's charges.



He claimed, but offered no proof...



...that I had been a member of the

Industrial Workers of the World.



That is false.



I was never a member ofthe IWW,

never applied for membership.



The Senator charged

that Professor Harold Laski...



...a British scholar and politician,

dedicated a book to me.



That's true.



He is dead.

He was a socialist, I am not.



He was a civilized individual...



...who did not insist upon agreement

with his political principles...


            a pre-condition

for conversation or friendship.



I do not agree

with his political ideas.



I ask, as he makes clear

in the introduction...



...dedicated the book to me,

not because of political agreement...



...but because he held my wartime

broadcast from London in high regard.



And the dedication so reads.



I believed    years ago

and I believe today...



...that mature Americans can engage

in conversation and controversy...



...the clash of ideas, with Communists

anywhere in the world...



...without becoming

contaminated or converted.



I believe that our faith,

our conviction...



...our determination

are stronger than theirs...



...and that we can successfully compete,

not only in the area of bombs...



...but in the area of ideas.



I have worked with CBS

for more than    years.



The company has subscribed fully

to my integrity and responsibility...


            a broadcaster

and as a loyal American.



I require no lectures from the junior

Senator from Wisconsin...


            to the dangers

or terrors of Communism.



Having searched my conscience

and my files...



...I cannot contend that

I have always been right or wise...



...but I have attempted to pursue

thet ruth with diligence...



...and to report it...



...even though, as in this case,

I had been warned in advance...



...that I would be subjected

to the attentions of Senator McCarthy.



We shall hope to deal with matters

of more vital interest next week.



Good night, and good luck.



In the last analysis, the Senator was

perched on the television high dive...



...and all prepared

to make a resounding splash.



He jumped beautifully,

but he neglected to check first...



...where he was going to land.

It must have been a shock...


            discover that Mr. Murrow

had drained the water out of the pool.



- Is that the Times? Gould?

- Yeah, it's Jack Gould.



- He's a hell of a writer.

- Yes, he is.



- If we can afford him!

- Stanton's got a public opinion...



Senate's investigating McCarthy.






The Army's charging that McCarthy

and Cohn exercised undue pressure...


            get preferential treatment

for Schine. - Who's the source?



- Got a second source? - There isn't,

but this is coming out in   hours.



- Who's heading up the investigation?

- It's not gonna be McCarthy!



- Really?

- What happened?



- Also get me the Washington Post!

- What's going on?



It's Williams

for Jack Thompson.



The Senate's investigating McCarthy.



There is an added bit of comedy

to this whole story.



The Committee cannot convene

for several days...



...because Senator McCarthy

has a slight case of laryngitis.



And he must recover

over the desert air of Arizona.



- But Stevens is going after him

and it looks like Joe Welch. - Yeah.



They're gonna allow each side

to call witnesses...



...and be privy to other testimony.



- Fred, we still have a meeting!

- We're gonna go to talk toThompson.



No, thanks, Jack. Bye.



Freddy, we're a hit.

Right up there with "Howdy Dowdy"!



Can I have

an outlet satellite, please?



-        . Thank you.

- Murrayville   - - - .



The fact of newscaster

Don Hollenbeck's suicide yesterday...



...does not remove from the record

that peculiar history...



...of the leftist slanting of news

indulged consistently by the CBS.



Hollenbeck was what most astute

students of CBS's strange...



...and questionable new methods




..."typical of its newscasters".

By Jack O'Brian.



Oh, yeah. I like it like that.



One of the best programs I ever heard

was called "CBS Views The Press".



A great many people liked it,

some didn't...



...but noone ever called it

anything but honest.



It was the work of an honest reporter.

Don Hollenbeck.



He also worked occasionally

on "See It Now'.



He did the    p.m. News

over some of these stations.



He had been sick lately

and he died this morning.



The police said

it was suicide... gas.



Not much of an obit.



But, at least we got our facts

straight, and it was brief.



And that's all Don Hollenbeck

would have asked.



Good night, and good luck.



Got to be in Philadelphia

this morning.



What time is your train?



 :  .



- Charlie going with you?

- Uh-huh.



Here's a thought.



What if we're wrong?



We're not wrong.



We're not going to look back...



...and say we protected

the wrong side?



Protected them from what? In the name

of what? What would we be preserving?



Argument could bemade,

'for the greater good".



Not once you give it all away.

It's no good then.



It's just a thought.



Senator, may we not drop this? We know

he belonged to the Lawyer's Guild.



And Mr. Cohn nods his head at me.



- I did you, I think, no personal

injury, Mr. Cohn. - No, sir.



- I meant to do you

no personal injury. - No.



And if I did, I beg your pardon.



Let us not assassinate this lad

further, Senator. You've done enough.



- Let's... let's...

- Have you no sense of decency, sir?



At long last, have you left

no sense of decency?



- I know this hurts you, Mr. Welch.

- Senator, I think it hurts you, too.



- I'd like to finish this.

- Have you some private reservation...



...when you take the oath

that you will tell the whole truth...



...that lets you be the judge

of what you will testify to?



The answer is there's no reservation

about telling the whole truth.



Thank you, sir. Then tell us

who delivered the documents to you!



I don't want to mean that

this new fashion is not chic.



- I think it's just no good for me.

- Uh, not for you.



Milko, anything you care to say

on that subject?



I think no comment.



It's got to be there. If you can't

find it, I cant write about it.



- Check again.

- Charlie said he dropped it off.



- Charlie said he dropped...

- Shirley, can I see you a minute?



- I got to call you back.

- Joe!



You, too.



Close the door.



Have a seat.



- How are you?

- Fine, thank you. - Swell. Yeah.



Uh, you both are aware

that there's a policy at CBS...



...that no two employees

can be married.



I want to ask you a question,

but I don't want you to answer it.



I want you to consider it.



I know you two are married.



Everyone knows.



That's not my question.



In the next few weeks

I have to lay off a couple of people.



We're making some significant cuts

across the board.



I wanted you to know that...



...because you could save

someone else being fired.



I'm asking you to consider

makng this decision a little easier.



I don't need an answer now.



Just think about it.






- Well, Joe...

- Well?



- Sure we'regonna miss you

around here. - I'll pack my things.



- I think it's for the best.

- We'll find out!



Mrs. Wershba...



Everybody knew.



Natalie, did he say

what it was about?



No. Just that he wanted to talk

to you in his office.






The problem isn't simply

that you've lost your sponsor.



With Alcoa, "See It Now"

still loses money.



The fee is       dollars.



Last week's episode we did

for less than       dollars.



Fred, you're speakng

beyond your competence.



We'll certainly find another sponsor.



"      Dollar Question" brings in

over       in sponsors...



...and it costs one-third

of what youdo.



Ed, I've got Tuesday night

programming that's number one.



People want to enjoy themselves.

They don't want a civics lesson.



- What do you want, Bill?

- I don't want to get a stomachache...



...every time you take on

a controversial subject.



I'm afraid that's the price

you have to be willing to pay.



Let's walk very carefully

through these next few moments.



The content of what we're doing

is more important...



...than what some guy in Cincinnati...

- It's what you'redoing, Ed. Not me.



Not Frank Stanton. You.



"CBS News", "See It Now"

all belong to you, Bill.



You wouldn't know it.



- What is it you want? Credit?

- I never censored a single program.



I hold on to affiliates

who wanted entertainment from us.



I fight to keep the license...



...with the very same politicians

that you are bringing down...



...and I never,

never said no to you. Never.



I would argue that we have done

very well by one another.



I would argue that this network...


            defined by what the news

department has accomplished.



And I would also argue that never saying

no is not the same as not censoring.



Really? You should teach journalism.

You and Mr. Friendly.



Let me ask you this:



...why didn't you correct McCarthy...



...when he said that Alger Hiss

was convicted of treason?



He was only convicted of perjury.

You corrected everything else.



Did you not want the appearance

of defending a known Communist?



I would argue that everyone censors,

including you.



What do you want to do, Bill?



I'm takng your program

from a half an hour to an hour.



And it wont be a weekly program

and it won't be Tuesday nights.



- When would it be?

- Sunday afternoons.



- How many episodes?

-  .



Why don't you just fire me, Bill?



I don't think

it's what either of us wants.



You owe me   shows.



- You won't like the subject matter.

- Probably not.



Fred, I'll need you for a moment.



- Thank you, Mary.

- Goodbye, Mr. Friendly.



- He wants me to lay a few people off.

- I'm sure he does.



Let's do our first show

about the downfall of television.



- Senate's gonna vote to censure

McCarthy tomorrow. - Probably.



- And then what happens?

- He sits in the back row. - Right.



- They keep him in the Senate.

They don't kick him out. - No, he stays.



Well, we might as well

go down swinging.



Did you know the most trusted man

in America is Milton Berle?



See, you should have worn a dress!



- Howd does a Scotch sound?

- Scotch sounds good.



- Did you know Joe and Shirley

were married? - Sure.



- Did everyone know?

- Pretty much.



We are proud because

from the beginning of this nation...


            can walk upright.



No matter who he is

or who she is.



He can walk upright

and meet his friend or his enemy.



And he does not fear

that because that enemy...



...may be in a position

of great power...



...that he can be suddenly

thrown in jail...


            rott here without charges

and with no recourse to justice.



We have the Habeas Corpus Act

and we respect it.



I began by saying that our history

will be what we makeit.



If we go on as we are...



...then history will take its revenge,

and retribution will not limp...


            catching up with us.



Just once in a while, let us exalt the

importance of ideas and information.



Let us dream to the extent of saying

that on a given Sunday night...



...the time normally

occupied by Ed Sullivan...


            given over to a clinical survey

on the state of American education.



And a week or two later, the time

normally used by Steve Allen...


            devoted to a thorough-going study

of American policy in the Middle East.



Would the corporate image of their

respective sponsors be damaged?



Would the shareholders rise up

in their wrath and complain?



Would anything happen...



...other than a few million people would

have received a little illumination...



...on subjects that may well determine

the future of this country...



...and therefore the future

of the corporations?



To those who say, "People wouldn't

look, they wouldn't be interested..."



"...they're tooc omplacent,

indifferent and insulated"...



...I can only reply: There is,

in one reporter's opinion...



...considerable evidence

against that contention.



But even if they are right,

what have they got to lose?



Because if they are right...



...and this instrument

is good for nothing...



...but to entertain,

amuse and insulate...



...then the tube is flickering now...



...and we will soon see

that the whole struggle is lost.



This instrument can teach.



It can illuminate

and it can even inspire.



But it can do so only to the extent

that humans are determined to use it...



...towards those ends.




it is merely wiresand lights...


            a box.



Good night, and good luck.


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