Television Dances With the Reaper

Welcome to American Moral Blood Sports -- live and in color. On the program: from Buffalo, the Pro-Choicers meet the Pro-Lifers for another in-your-face metaphysical infuriator. And from San Quentin, Calif., after a 14-year legal preliminary, a night of ghastly last-minute appeals and strap-him-in-take-him- out action as double-murderer Robert Alton Harris flirts with cyanide and exhales death-row doggerel. (Close-up. Harris, macho-sardonic: "You can be a king or a street sweeper,/ But everybody dances with the Grim Reaper.") Back after this . . .

TELEVISION HAS ALL BUT SWALLOWED AMERICAN POLItics and sport. Now it is closing in on the nation's moral...

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