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WASHINGTON. Writer Paddy Chayefsky was nothing if not a visionary. His screenplay for the 1976 film “Network” presaged the American people’s awed rapture over reality TV. But it also foreshadowed the decline of network news. As in CNN and Jim Acosta. Inadvertently recalling this prophecy last Sunday, actor Bryan Cranston copped a Tony Award for his performance as the mentally deranged news anchor, Howard Beale in the Broadway stage adaptation of Chayefsky’s film.
Actor Bryan Cranston wins Tony Award for his portrayal of Howard Beale. CBS screen capture.
Cranston - Award - Today - Journalists - Heroism
As Cranston clutched his award, he attempted to infuse today’s unbalanced Beale-like journalists with unwarranted, hairy-chested heroism.
“I would like to dedicate this to all the real journalists around the world, both in the press – the print media – and the broadcast media, who actually are in the line of fire with their pursuit of the truth. The media is not the enemy of the people. Demagoguery is the enemy of the people.”
Words - Actor - Bryan - Cranston - Madman
These words are especially funny coming from an actor like Bryan Cranston portraying a news-reading madman. Equally insane is Cranston’s attempt to counter President Donald Trump’s demonstrably correct description of today’s nattering nabobs.
“The press is doing everything within their power to fight the magnificence of the phrase, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! They can’t stand the fact that this Administration has done more than virtually any other Administration in its first 2yrs. They are truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”
Film - Network - News - Anchor - Howard
You may recall that the film “Network” begins with news anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) brooding after being told the nightly newscast he anchors will be canceled for lack of ratings. Consequently, the overwrought Beale makes an astonishing announcement to his dwindling television audience.
“I’m going to blow my brains out right on this program a week from today. So, tune in next Tuesday. That...
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