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Edward R. Murrow
Murrow
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1908
Date of Death: 1965
Cause of Death: Lung Cancer
Religion: Quaker
Occupation: Broadcaster, Journalist
Spouse: Janet Huntington Brewster
Children: Charles Casey Murrow
Political Party: Democratic Party
Professional Affiliations: CBS
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Tilting the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct (via radio)
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Two Fronts
Type of Appearance: Direct (via broadcast)
Edward Roscoe Murrow (given name: Egbert, April 25, 1908 - April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio news broadcasts from war-torn London, England during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States and Canada. He was known for his intelligence and integrity in the delivery of the news. In 1954, he engaged in a famous, controversial televised debate with US Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin), regarding the likelihood of communist infiltration in American institutions.

Literary commentEdit

Harry Turtledove says that part of "News From the Front" was written in Edward R. Murrow's style.[1] Murrow is not specifically mentioned in that story, however.

Edward R. Murrow in WorldwarEdit

Edward R. Murrow was a leading American journalist and broadcaster during World War II and the war against the Race's Conquest Fleet. Like most broadcasters, Murrow was very cagey about his location to as to make himself less of a target. He signed off as being "somewhere" in the country.

Murrow's broadcasts often ended on a light-note. On one occasion, he relayed an anecdote about a Lizard attack on a dummy airfield built by the U.S. According to Murrow, the Lizards attacked the dummy field with dummy bombs, proof, according to Murrow, that the Lizards had a sense of humor.[2]

See also Literary Allusions in Turtledove's Work#William Shirer

Edward R. Murrow in The War That Came EarlyEdit

Edward R. Murrow was in London to cover the Second World War. In a broadcast in October 1942, Murrow reported that the British aircraft carrier, HMS Ark Royal, had been sunk by a German u-boat northeast of Scotland. He also noted that the British were more interested in the upcoming U.S. Congressional elections than they had been in the past, as any isolationist gains could upset the flow of arms and other supplies coming to the U.K., which would only further hurt the British war against Germany. Murrow concluded his report by noting that many in the U.K. were much happier with the peace brought about by the Hess Agreement than they were with the current state of affairs.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Atlantis and Other Places, p. 77.
  2. Tilting the Balance, pg. 21-22.
  3. Two Fronts, pgs. 196-197, HC.

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