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A NEW SERIES FROM PBS PREACHES 'TOON MORALITY

No other project could have more effectively balanced PBS' image as an unrestrained purveyor of cultural liberalism. Next week (Sept. 2, 8:00 p.m. edt) the network launches its first-ever animated prime-time series, and it is anything but Simpsons-esque. Based on The Book of Virtues, conservative ideologue William Bennett's 1993 manual for "moral literacy," the series (set to air sporadically throughout the year) aims to illustrate for children and their families the values of perseverance, honesty and self-discipline through the use of mostly well-known myths, fairy tales and fables.

But there's one virtue Adventures from the Book of Virtues does not adhere...

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