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LIEBERMAN BUSTS OUT THE HATE FOR HOLLYWOOD

Democratic VP Choice Accuses Entertainment Industry Of Corrupting Children, Culture
On Sunday (8/13), Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman continued to accuse Hollywood of corrupting the nation's children and its culture. Across town, President Bill Clinton raised more money for the Democrats from film stars.

Since Democratic presidential hopeful Al Gore named the conservative Connecticut senator as his running mate (hitsdailydouble, 8/7), much of the concern focused on that choice has not been on Lieberman being an Orthodox Jew, but on being an outspoken critic of Hollywood. The entertainment industry has long had deep pockets for the Democrats, donating millions to Clinton and his allies over the years.

Ironically enough, Lieberman singled out the Walt Disney Co., saying "too much of what they do is not good for our children, not good for our culture."

Last year, Lieberman made a dramatic "Appeal To Hollywood," urging executives such as Disney Chairman michael eisner',390,400);">michael eisner',390,400);">Michael Eisner, Time Warner CEO gerald levin',390,400);">gerald levin',390,400);">Gerald Levin and News Corp. CEO rupert murdoch',390,400);">rupert murdoch',390,400);">Rupert Murdoch to change the "toxic culture of violence and vulgarity surrounding our children." The Fox Network responded with "Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire" and "When Animals Attack 8."

During a recent appearance on ABC's "This Week," Lieberman said, "Look, I love the movies. I love music. But there is still too much violence, too much sex, too much incivility in entertainment, which makes it very difficult for parents, who are working so hard to give their kids values and discipline, to do so." ABC is owned by Disney.

Lieberman warned that Washington could impose "legal restrictions" on the industry if its leaders refused to "draw some lines themselves" and has even suggested that the Federal Communications Commission consider withholding licenses from TV stations and networks that refuse to reform their ways.

"I can assure you," Lieberman added, "a Gore-Lieberman administration will be concerned about what government can do within appropriate constitutional limits to improve the moral future of America."

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