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Murrow said "A nation of sheep will soon have a government of wolves." He is absolutely right. Our duty as reporters is to help the public know the facts so that they can make up their own minds.
It is important to remember that sometimes your job or your company doesn't come first, but instead the truth and information you owe to the people is the No. 1 priority.
Similar to this historic case of Edward Murrow, Snowden put his job and his life on the line in order to serve the public and he believes that telling the truth is not a crime. "Though the outcome of my efforts has been demonstrably positive, my government continues to treat dissent as defection, and seeks to criminalize political speech with felony charges that provide no defense," wrote Snowden. "However, speaking the truth is not a crime."
Overall Murrow demonstrated the most admirable traits of a true journalist. What is the motive or reason for telling this story? What outcome will come from it? You have to remember to follow the codes and do your job for the right reasons. Is it better for McCarthy to continue to induce panic and widespread lies or is it more important to tell the truth so the public knows what's right and what's wrong?
Murrow did the right thing and is still an inspiration to this day.