NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 19, 1968
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(Studio) President Commission on Violence conts. hearings. Today: TV, movies.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(DC) Federal Communications Commission Chairman testifies violence limitations by government might be censorship. Rosel Hyde believes regulation would violate Const. guarantee of free speech. Nicholas Johnson testifies that evidence shows TV doing great evil to country [JOHNSON - notes television impact in society. More should be known about it. television and violence must be understood.] Johnson believes television viewers who believe programs harmful should sue TV networks for psychic damage. Movie violence considered. Jack Valenti, pres. Motion Pic. Association of American, appears. Hale Boggs cites "Bonnie and Clyde" as example of violence for profit. Valenti cites Catholic church endorsement of film. [BOGGS - objects to "Bonnie and Clyde" being called a morality play.] [VALENTI - notes differences in tastes.] [BOGGS - questions box-office experience of "Bonnie and Clyde."] [VALENTI - reports, very good.] [BOGGS - ends questioning.] A witness says he saw what looked like CBS film crew at Democratic Convention in Chicago filming apparently staged event. CBS looks into allegation.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
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