Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy Book Review

When the head of government refers to the press as “enemy of the people”, he or she is usually not a democratically elected leader. They have somehow elbowed into their way into a position of power and in doing so, have pushed aside the norms and rules of political leadership.

Marvin Kalb’s new book, Enemy of the People: Trump’s War on the Press, the New McCarthyism, and the Threat to American Democracy, compares the Presidency and administration of you know who to the Red Scare and McCarthyism led by Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950’s. In the book, Mr. Kalb lays out in detail how Joseph McCarthy politically hijacked American politics in the 1950’s and how eerily similar it is to the current administration. He also lays out how Edward R. Murrow saw through McCarthy and understood how important it was to reveal the truth to the American public. In short, Mr. Kalb lays out the reasons why freedoms of the press and other freedoms should not be curbed to satisfy the political cravings of one man.

This book should be read by every American, regardless of where they stand on the political spectrum. We have taken our Democracy for granted. If nothing else, the current resident of The White House is a reminder of how fragile Democracy really is and how important it is for every citizen to get involved.

I absolutely recommend it.


Flashback Friday- Goodnight And Good Luck (2005)

The 1950’s, in America are often portrayed as a time of prosperity and peace.

The reality of that time is very different.

The country was gripped by McCarthyism. Led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, McCarthyism or The Second Red Scare, Americans were convinced that Communists were secretly infiltrating the United States. Careers and lives were forever changed by this time in America.

While many went along with the crowd, respected broadcaster Edward R. Murrow decided to take a stand.

The 2005 movie, Good Night and Good Luck, starring David Strathairn in the role of Mr. Murrow, is the story of how the country was finally brought to their senses. Aided by Fred Friendly (George Clooney) and  team of behind the scenes of producers, writers and other staff, Mr. Murrow was determined the learn the truth of the man behind the Communist witch hunts.

Not only is this movie entertaining and educational, it is applicable to our own time.

I highly recommend it.

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