Then and Now

In 1976, no one would have expected in the “real” world a major network news anchor to act deranged. The movie was satire. The “reel” world.

Today, it is reality, 24/7.

I’m presently watching the 1976 movie “Network” on TCM – Turner Classic Movies. I could change the channel to CNN, MSNBC, or even Fox News, to see it for real.

More so, the subjects – major issues – presented during the famous rant – “You’ve got to get mad!” – are as true today as they were back then!

Also considering the present day war between President Trump and the press.

“It’s what we call the news!”

From TV Guide…

Network

9:30 PM CT on TCM 63, 2 hours 15 minutes, 1976
  • Best Picture nominee about a mentally unstable news anchor who, after being told he’s to be fired, becomes a media superstar when he begins delivering nightly rants and threatens an on-air suicide for his final broadcast. Paddy Chayevsky’s script won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay; Peter Firth received a posthumous Best Actor award as the unhinged newsman; and Faye Dunaway won Best Actress as a scheming network exec.

A history time warp!

Editorial Article by Jim Lantern
LANTERN TIMEGLASS JOURNAL
Saturday, 18 February 2017

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  1. OMG. I remember seeing this at the cinema!

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