Programming: Catharsis--Maybe

The fastest men on the draw in television are neither the Matt Dillons nor the Sergeant Fridays but the network executives in Manhattan. Their weapons are the staff memo, the telegram to Washington, and the press release.

Last week, some seven hours after President Johnson directed his commission on violence to determine if "the seeds of violence are nurtured through the public's air waves," CBS President Frank Stanton wired the chairman to pledge cooperation "in every way possible." At the same time CBS, which has more flying vice presidents than nuns,...

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