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Monday, July 22, 2002

Maureen Dowd Buys a Copy of "TV Guide"

In her latest column, "Big Mo" discovers that Hollywood exploits sex and violence. Remarkably, for a Times editorialist, there is no clarion call for greater government regulation, thus allowing "Mo" to neatly sidestep the dependence of the Democratic Party on Hollywood cash. Her one interesting point:

"A recent study in The Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that people who watch shows drenched in sex and violence can remember only the sex and violence, not the ads. If companies take that to heart, they may decide to advertise on more sober shows, like PBS's "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," where their products would shine more vividly."

Nice to see her new commitment to free markets. Now, how long until her column resumes the knowing references to "Sex in the City", and "The Sopranos"?

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