Nation: Oh, Say Can You See

In the old days when America and television were younger, the networks were frightened of sex. Dagmar had to caulk her cleavage with a doily, Elvis Presley was depicted only from the waist up. Today, TV censors are far more concerned about ideologies of the mind than exposures of the body.

The latest hassle involved a visit to CBS's Merv Griffin Show by Chicago Seven Defendant Abbie Hoffman. In mid-taping, the Yippie peeled off his rawhide jacket to reveal a shirt that seemed to be cut from an American flag. After consulting its legal department, CBS decided that there was "the possibility...

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