The Press: How to Handle Violence

According to a recent Gallup poll 45% of Americans think that newspapers report unfairly on political and social issues, and 42% think that the TV networks are unfair in the same areas. Many Americans also think the press and TV place too much stress on unpleasant news. Thus the timing was perfect for last week's release of the most comprehensive review of the nation's news media since the report of the Hutchins Commission on Freedom of the Press in 1947.

The report, called Mass Media and Violence, was produced by a task force for the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention...

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