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Fox Begins Attack On George Clooney Film About Murrow

Reported by Deborah - October 11, 2005

John Gibson and Reese Schoenfeld got together to criticize George Clooney's recent film, Good Night and Good Luck, a docudrama about Edward R. Murrow's campaign against McCarthy in the 1950's. Gibson asked at the start of this segment, "Is advocacy journalism okay?" Then he and Reese Schoenfeld tried to paint George Clooney as a hypocrite. 10/10/05

John Gibson wanted to know what we are supposed to take from the movie since Clooney favors Edward R. Murrow's TV advocacy yet attacks other people's advocacy journalism. ( Fox perhaps?)

Reese Schoenfeld, CNN founder agreed with Gibson saying about Clooney, "It's okay when we do it but not okay when you do it." Then he diminished the impact of the film saying that the distribution would be very limited reaching only a couple million.

George Clooney spoke to the Village Voice about his movie and honestly discussed the motivations behind "Good Night and Good Luck". He had this to say about the campaign against him by Bill O'Reilly and the right.

VV: Good Night, and Good Luck may be set in 1954, but it seems very much a post–9-11 film. You've said that you and Grant Heslov began writing the script three years ago. That's during the run-up to the Iraq war. Did you find yourself changing your conception in response to what was going on?

GC: I was getting beat up pretty good around that time. But I thought there were more important issues than Bill O'Reilly doing a show about my career being over because of my political views. I was concerned about the lack of debate. The conception changed only in that a book came out about how great McCarthy was and how wrong Murrow was . . .

Brent Bozell has come out today framing the movie as a "lame" defense of Dan Rather and CBS. That's a sure sign of things to come.

Comment: Are these attackers trying to defend McCarthy and that ugly period? Do they actually believe that Murrow's attack was un- American? I can't wait to see this movie and am extremely excited that such a talented and innovative filmaker has decided to tackle this important and timely subject.

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