I watched Good Night, and Good Luck for my government class in high school and watching it again as a student studying journalism, I definitely watched it with a somewhat similar viewpoint. There are some similarities with watching it in a government class and a journalism ethics class because both classes are about what's ethically correct and how much someone can get away with.
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He has his doubts on whether or not he should say some of the things on air because he could be seen as biased, which no one wants from a journalist. He is questioning the ethics of what would be best for the company, but he follows through on what he thinks is best for the nation as a whole.
Murrow and his news crew do have a meeting to discuss what they think would be ethically correct to broadcast, given that McCarthy is the one sponsoring it, and they at first agree anything related to McCarthy would cause controversy and it isn't a good idea. Although at first everyone agrees that it's ethically wrong, Murrow decides right before the broadcast that it would be best to go against McCarthy and exploit him for what he is doing wrong.
This movie, although set in the 1950s, is still completely relevant to journalism today. Every day journalists are faced with numerous problems and have to decide what is ethically best for themselves, their company and the public.