Documentaries: Saving Face

Commercial television almost always has second thoughts about getting involved in controversy; sponsors always fear to offend. Thus, the hard-hitting point of view falls to the province of public TV. The educational channels still have far to go before developing consistently top-grade talent and programming, but more and more they are showing that they can handle controversy with skill.

One of public TV's best programs is a tough, fair-minded National Educational Television series called Your Dollar's Worth. Screened in different cities at different times, it specializes in consumer reports without sensationalizing the findings. With the help of a hard-digging staff, Executive...

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