Programming: Pacification by Attrition

Congressman Hale Boggs: How much did the sponsors of President Nixon spend at CBS in the last campaign? Would you say it was a substantial sum?

CBS President Frank Stanton: I would.

Boggs: Why do you think they spent that money?

Stanton: Because it's an effective medium to reach people.

Boggs: Well now, why is television effective in reaching people and advertising political campaigns and is not effective when it shows sadism, masochism, murder, mayhem and rape?

In this roundabout way, Boggs was trying to get Stanton to admit before the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence that TV mayhem affects...

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