How TV Failed to Get the Real Picture

TOM BRADLEY'S ONLY VISIBLY SHREWD MOVE DURING THE RODNEY KING RIOTS was a request for an hour of crisis counterprogramming. Last Thursday he encouraged Channel 4, the NBC-owned and -operated Los Angeles outlet, to air The Cosby Show's farewell broadcast as originally scheduled. Maybe the mayor was just another fan of Bill Cosby's who did not want to be denied closure. Maybe he thought the Cos would calm the populace. Maybe he wanted to give the anchors a chance to repair their hairdos. Or maybe he just wanted to make at least one pair of them shut up for an hour....

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