[Politics in the arts]

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This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Seldes discusses politics. New York Herald Tribune is a traditionally Republican newspaper. Political bias in news coverage. Hearing covering whether or not crime dramas are increasing juvenile delinquency. FCC's responsibility. Job of a broadcasting "tsar." The air is our air, and we have set up guardians of the air only technically, to see that broadcasting is done so that we can get programs, not what those programs can be. A code for broadcasting. It is dangerous to elect a tsar to control programming. An organization says that a show with "mental poison" costs more to produce than many of the "best" programs for children. Juvenile delinquency exists where there is no television at all. Faint connection between horror books and juvenile delinquency. Broadcaster should try to find out if this connection exists. Possibility that, in the case of two shows on at the same time with the same content. Laws should take in to consideration audience convenience. Sunday afternoon belongs to the egghead. Criticism of a Mark Van Doren show.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

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