TV's Luminaries Leap All Over the Veep

After weeks of criticism, they use the Emmy show to flail Quayle

"Dan Quayle is like the assistant on the old Vegas TV show: you let him answer the phone, but he does not drive the T-bird." Thus spake Emmy emcee Dennis Miller in Pasadena, California, during TV's annual orgy of self- congratulation. Miller was one of the milder critics of the Vice President, Savonarola of the small screen ever since he denounced the "cultural elite" of Hollywood. In Quayle's eyes, the sins of that group are best exemplified by its embrace of single parenthood in the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown -- and now the Emmys as well, where stars reveled in striking...

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