Mad as Hell

Review of Network, Directed by Sidney LumetReviewed by PAUL D. MILLERBefore Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh, before Keith Olbermann and Chris Mathews; there was Howard Beale. With astonishing prescience, Network (1976)—the story of an angry-man newscaster—prefigured almost all the tropes about media celebrities four years before CNN, twelve years before Limbaugh, twenty years before Fox News, and thirty years before Twitter. Howard Beale is a normal, boring newscaster who is fired for poo … [Read more...]