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THE EDWARD R. MURROW COLLECTION
January 27, 2014  | By David Bianculli
 
Broadcast news came of age, and reached reliable maturity, in large part because of Edward R. Murrow – first in his prewar and wartime reports for CBS Radio, then for his stubbornly intelligent and mostly meaningful work on the new medium of television. This four-DVD Collection doesn’t avoid his fluffier stuff (his Person to Person pieces were the precursors of Barbara Walters’ celebrity interviews), but it’s dominated by complete examples of his most important TV work: his live See It Now broadcast taking on Communist witch hunter Joe McCarthy (the basis for the movie Good Night and Good Luck), and his 1960 report on migrant workers, Harvest of Shame, that remains both poignant and topical all these years later. Others have emulated Murrow, and a precious few have come close to equaling him – but none has surpassed him. –DB
 
 
 
 
 
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