Television: Counterattack

As TV critic-gossipist in Hearst's New York Journal-American and 250 other U.S. papers, pudgy Jack O'Brian, 43, writes a daily column that is lively, readable, and regularly a thorn in all sides of the TV industry. Last week, violating one of show business' most sacred taboos, NBC's Comedian Steve Allen took a deep breath and told Critic O'Brian off. He filled six columns of Manhattan's Greenwich Village weekly Village Voice in lambasting O'Brian as "the only TV critic in the nation who is rude, inaccurate, unchristian and vengeful."

Charged Allen: "He has abused his position and power and assumed the role of...

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