Television: Just Don't Say Anything

A Drug-Ad Deal Goes Bad

Even before Nancy Reagan first uttered the phrase Just say no, Washington was putting out the word against drugs. Now it turns out Washington has also been slipping the word quietly into some popular TV shows. Last week the online magazine Salon reported that the Clinton Administration has accomplished a kind of ideological product placement. For more than a year, networks have submitted scripts for some of their shows to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. When that office was satisfied that effective antidrug messages had been written into episodes of ER, Chicago Hope and the Drew Carey...

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