Edward R. Murrow’s influence on investigative journalism, the Red Scare, and documentaries

Kristin Marquardt

Edward R. Murrow  made a documentary called “The Case Against Milo Radulovich A0589829”. This was about a man who was discharged from the air force because his father and sister had read “radical papers”.  At the time, Joseph McCarthy was become very powerful politically and was convincing people that communists were working for the US government. He used investigative journalism and filmed McCarthy conducting his senatorial hearings, showing how he used false evidence. This documentary not only reinstated Milo Radulovich to the air force, but his speech including the sentence, “We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.” became famous and changed people’s views about McCarthy. Now, shows like 60 minutes are inspired by Murrow’s documentaries.

 

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