The Magistrate of Morals

There's a lot to criticize in grimy pop culture, but critic Michael Medved is the wrong man for the job

WHY DON'T WE JUST AGREE WITH Michael Medved and have done with it? In his new book, Hollywood vs. America (HarperCollins, $20), Medved, a critic on the PBS show Sneak Previews, denounces today's movie industry -- and by extension the TV networks and music business -- as "an alien force that assaults our most cherished values and corrupts our children. The dream factory has become the poison factory."

Medved has tapped into a general queasiness about pop culture, and not just from religious and social conservatives. A large segment of the public senses that the trash has risen to eye and...

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