TELEVISION: GLUED TO THE TUBE

AS REGULATORS DITHER AND THE POWER RANGERS REIGN, NEW CONCERNS ARE RAISED ABOUT WHAT TV IS DOING TO KIDS

Aloysius Snuffleupagus is under siege. It's nothing personal against the beloved elephantine creature from Sesame Street, but as a symbol of quality children's television, Snuffy is trying to hold the fort while Rita Repulsa, Newt Gingrich, Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills, Armani-clad copywriters from Madison Avenue, Rupert Murdoch, professional wrestlers, professional lobbyists and Nickelodeon emcees armed with green gook storm the walls.

Despite years of efforts by parents, educators, children's-TV activists, and occasional FCC commissioners and members of Congress, the forces of commercial television are overwhelming the true believers in quality children's programming. Peggy Charren, founder of the now...

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