Simon says . . . TV should do more.


The hue and cry over graphic TV violence has Congress turning up the heat on the entertainment industry (“Honey, I warped the kids,” July/August 1993). The broadcast networks say they’ve made substantial headway in the past year in reducing their violent programming; while Senator Paul Simon, D-Illinois, admits to some progress, he still finds the industry’s standards “squooshy” and their parental advisories “not a substitute for changing content.” To ward off congressional regulation, Simon says, the industry should set up its own self-policing monitoring group–and soon. “If the industry simply closes its eyes and buries its head in the sand,” he warns, “they’re asking for government action.” To be continued . . .

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