CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1993
In her Column Right, "TV Violence Rouses the Old Itch to Censor" (July 8), Virginia I. Postrel mentions my name as one of the prominent critics of the media who "all seek to use the official violence of government power to wipe out ideas and images they do not like." This completely misrepresents my position, since I have always been opposed to governmental interference in the popular culture. My recent book, "Hollywood vs. America," includes a chapter called "The Censorship Temptation," in which I unequivocally declare: "Official censorship is not the answer, and attempts to move in that direction will always prove counterproductive."
May 19, 2004 |
The U.S. government believes Cubans should see more of America on television, and for years, Cubans have been happily complying -- cobbling together clandestine satellite systems to pick up everything from the World Series to soap operas. No longer. Most of these systems have been silenced -- not by Fidel Castro but by an American company's war on TV piracy.
April 19, 2011 |
A 9-year-old boy saved his drowning sister by administering CPR -- which, he says, he learned by watching television. Tristin Saghin and his family were visiting his grandmother in Mesa, Ariz., when his grandmother and mother suddenly realized that the 2-year-old girl had gone missing. They ran outside and found her floating in the swimming pool. As his elders called for help, Tristin began performing chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth on the toddler, according to the ABC15 news report . "I knew what I was doing," he is reported to have said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1991
CBS, NBC, ABC--who needs them when you've got CNN? STANLEY M. BENSKIN Morro Bay
October 25, 2013 |
On the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the turgid melodrama of "As the World Turns" was suddenly interrupted by grave news from the real world. In Dallas, three shots had been fired at President John F. Kennedy's motorcade. Fifty-eight minutes later, a visibly moved Walter Cronkite would confirm the unthinkable: The president was dead. For the ensuing three days, Americans gathered around their televisions in a rite of collective mourning as the three broadcast networks abandoned their regularly scheduled programming to provide uninterrupted news coverage.
January 25, 1988 |
"Television" reminds you of television. It promises a lot and delivers far less. That verdict is based on the initial three segments of the eight-part PBS series premiering tonight (8 p.m. on Channels 28, 58 and 15, 9 p.m. on Channel 50, 10 p.m. on Channel 24). A co-production of KCET Channel 28 and WNET in New York, the eight hours were inspired by and utilize a 13-hour series by Britain's Granada Television, also titled "Television."
May 26, 1990
Howard Rosenberg's May 19 column, "TV: A Witness for the Execution?," failed to mention an important factor in the issue of whether executions should be televised: entertainment. People are entertained by savagery and death, and television is an entertainment medium. Boxing matches. Ice hockey. Racing car crashes. You name it. There is an audience, a sizable audience, for mayhem, cruelty and violence. Including executions. Bring them on. I'll be the first to tune in. LANNY R. MIDDINGS San Ramon, Calif.
August 25, 1985
"TV Snubs Incense Birth Control Campaigners--Major Television Outlets Have Declined to Air Controversial Messages" by Elizabeth Mehren (Aug. 2)--the title describes the issue. Interestingly, networks air programs with sexy bedroom scenes without showing the results--perhaps unwanted pregnancy. Explicit sex on TV influences the youth; however, networks refuse to take responsibility. Among the developed countries, our unintended pregnancy rate is among the highest at more than 3 million a year.
September 4, 2003
Public television stations in California, including KCET in Los Angeles, will broadcast the Democratic presidential debate live today beginning at 5 p.m. The country's largest Spanish-language network, Univision, will air a translated version of the debate on Saturday.