For many politicians, television is one of the greatest villains in American
society. Whether its Dan Quayle bemoaning the single motherhood of Murphy Brown, or children’s rights activists criticizing Saturday morning advertising, TV is a lightening rod of criticism from both the left and the right.
JOHN LEONARD, the literary critic of The Nation magazine and a
commentator on CBS’s Sunday Morning. He has just published his new book, Smoke and Mirrors: Violence, Television and Other American Cultures.