The Industry: Fighting Violence


Does TV cause riots? Are children growing insensitive to brutality because of crime programs? So went the questions put last week by the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence, headed by Milton S. Eisenhower. The commission, in effect, wondered whether TV is the mirror or the molder of society. After three days of hearings, it wound up with a full range of conflicting answers.

The network presidents—Dr. Frank Stanton of CBS, Julian Goodman of NBC and Leonard Goldenson of ABC all defended TV, particularly TV newsmen, against charges that they dwell excessively on violence in accounts...

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