The Press: All the Ads Fit to Print

Free speech v. good taste.

The New Erotic Adventures of Casanova was the feature attraction at three southern California moviehouses on Aug. 22, according to the Los Angeles Times (circ. 1,021,000), while Jail Bait was at eight more local theaters. The next day those cinematic classics were still packing them in, but without benefit of the Times. The paper had become the latest and largest U.S. daily to close its pages to display advertising for pornographic films.

Since the New York Times two months ago announced that movie ads it deemed unfit to print would be restricted to 1-in., unillustrated notices of time...

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