MARCH 25: We will screen Good Night and Good Luck (2005), directed by George Clooney, followed by a discussion From McCarthyism to Trump led by author and journalist Granville Williams.
On 9 March 1954 Edward R.Murrow broadcast one of the most powerful documentaries in the history of television on his prime-time current affairs programme See It Now.
Murrow devoted the entire programme to an indictment of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s witch hunting and blacklisting tactics. McCarthy built support by playing on the anxieties of Americans, actively convincing them of division, danger and conspiracy when they didn’t exist.
The parallels between the way McCarthy operated and the US President Donald Trump today are obvious. What role should the US media play today to challenge the ‘alternative facts’ Trump and his staff promote?