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August 18, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

Television networks cover Congress in a "hit-and-run," distorted manner, repeatedly putting an elite group of House and Senate leaders on the evening news while ignoring the majority, a study by a Southern Illinois University professor concluded Monday. The study of ABC, NBC and CBS's regular TV evening newscasts--seven days a week through 1985 and 1986-- found that 5% of House members accounted for 50% of appearances. Almost half the House members did not1634758757tment at the university and former press secretary to 1971-1976 House Speaker Carl Albert.

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