CONVENTION '96: THE FALSE POLITICS OF VALUES

THE RHETORIC SOUNDS GOOD. BUT THERE IS MUCH THAT BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS REFUSE TO ADMIT AS THEY PUSH FOR A MORE VIRTUOUS SOCIETY

Top 10 (or so) signs that virtue is growing ever more chic: actor Charlie Sheen, who ran up a $50,000 tab with the Heidi Fleiss escort service, has declared himself a born-again Christian. ("There's such a thing as having too much fun," he concluded after years of arduous research.) Geraldo Rivera, who pioneered the craft of filing video dispatches from the primordial ooze, now bemoans the filth of daytime TV and vows to clean up his act. ("I'm sick of the garbage that is on.") A p.r. executive whose past clients include Michael Jackson is leading a campaign to build a...

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