Television: Have You Looked at Your Set?

Barry Goldwater is many things to many people: a bugaboo to the liberals, a savior to the conservatives, and a man of parts to the compilers of biographies. But no one ever thought of him as a TV critic —until last week. Aware that Newton Minow got a lot of acreage simply by calling TV a "vast wasteland," Goldwater rared back his onager at a Greek-American dinner in Chicago and let the rocks fly at U.S. television. "Have you looked at your TV set lately?" he asked the audience. "What wallowing in self-pity! What vast and contorted expressions of...

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