But Seriously, Folks . . .

Dan Quayle's wacky attack on TV's Murphy Brown obscures a serious discussion about motherhood, morality and government's responsibility

AMERICANS TALKED ABOUT IT in coffee shops and check-out lines and elevators. In the Rose Garden of the White House, George Bush stood with Brian Mulroney, trying to hold a press conference about matters of state. The hounds of the press frisked and barked in excitement until their intermingled questions sounded something like Murf! Murf! Murf!

The Prime Minister of Canada turned to the President of the U.S. and asked in some puzzlement, "Who is Murphy Brown?"

The basic answer was easy: Murphy Brown does not exist. She is the TV character played by Candice Bergen. Murphy is a blond media...

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