The Press: Terror of the Tube

To hear him tell it, Gary Deeb's job is to sit in front of a television set for up to six hours a day and be insulted. "Counterfeit, stylized brutality that passes for entertainment," he says of the current TV season, adding that the networks' offerings seem to be "devoid of innovation, creativity or diversification," freighted with "drivel," "sanitized doggerel" and "phony, rotten garbage."

Such snarls have won Deeb, TV and radio critic for the Chicago Tribune, a reputation as the wolf-man of the air waves−the sourest, crudest ravager of the medium since Spiro...

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