Monday, April 5, 2004

From Today's New York Times

To the Editor: Re "TV Shows Take On Bush, and Pull Few Punches" (front page, April 2): Like most people, I watch less and less network TV because of the violence and sexual content; these attacks on the president just give me another reason to flip over to something less offensive. Frankly, I don't believe that TV writers should be attacking the president, regardless of party. Not because he is above reproach, but because I believe that this gives a writer a forum in which to express his opinion (almost always liberal). And contrary to comments about presenting both sides, I haven't seen Hollywood do that in its TV shows. Why can't these producers and writers just put together entertaining programs and leave the politics to the news media and opinion makers? Middle America is turned off by Hollywood types' using their positions to influence public opinion. With the networks struggling to retain their shrinking audiences, you would think that they would want to avoid offending people and work on making programs of interest.

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