Another Kind of Ratings War

The campaign to take the sex and violence out of television

Television is the most widely shared experience in this diffuse country. That alone would make it a natural target for zealots of the New Right, intent on proving their political muscle. TV, moreover, is omnipresent in home and family life, and Christian conservatives see the family as endangered. They contend that TV reflects—indeed, often promotes—the gratuitous sex, profanity and violence of contemporary society, thus bringing moral decay into the home.

The Coalition for Better Television (CBTV), which claims to represent 400 conservative...

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