Show Business: Prostitute of Merchandising

Beyond all the charges and countercharges that rocked television, there was evidence of real concern for the corruption of a major communications medium. The Christian Science Monitor's call for a government-established network, run like the BBC by a "public corporation" and paid for by the licensing of TV receivers, seemed a logical solution to some. Last week Pundit Walter Lippmann advanced a similar idea for a new network dedicated not to private profit but to public service.

There is sure proof, wrote Lippmann, "that there is something radically wrong with the fundamental national policy under which TV operates." The U.S. laissezfaire policy,...

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