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Tristani: America Is Fed Up With On-Air Violence

Tristani: America Is Fed Up With On-Air Violence

FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani says Americans are fed up with violence on TV and radio. In a letter she wrote to CBS Television President Leslie Moonves, Tristani said: “Two concerns dominate the calls I have received: the misuse of the public’s airwaves to suggest that violence solves problems and the implicit endorsement of vigilante action against those with different opinions.”
Tristani was referring to a “Snipers Wanted” graphic that appeared below a photo of Governor George Bush on “The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn” and a New York Times report of a caller on the Howard Stern show who threatened to kill Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn.
Recognizing there may be no government solution for what she called the “thoughtless broadcast of misguided humor,” Tristani urged CBS to use these incidents to assess its public interest obligations.
Leslie Stimson