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Gilbert Seldes discusses the magazine, "The Progressive." An article he quotes encourage more freedom of the press and a strict restriction of censorship.
Discusses Walter Lippman's work and call for censorship of motion pictures and comic books. Walter Winchell quotes Seldes and issue of whether freedom of speech is unlimited. Chiefs of state on television. Rules put down now for television will prevail in the future. The provision of equal time. Vice President Nixon's recent appearance following Darkness at Noon (anticommunist work) is not the same thing as FDR appearing on Norman Corwin's December 15, 1941 program on the Bill of Rights.
He moves on to discuss the appearance of political figures on television - and another critics call that politicians be shown "warts and all."
Seldes discusses his own "sewer theory" about the evolution of popular arts: Each new art form initially drains off the least desirable elements of the preceeding art form.
He also talks about color television. Musical, The Chocolate Soldier. Bernard Shaw play.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
WNYC archives id: 71200
Municipal archives id: LT6455