Televising Congress

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New Problems Raised by Tv Reporting

The rapid increase in television broadcasts of House and Senate hearings since the opening of the present Congress is bringing to a head the demands of educators, members of the clergy and the legal profession, and others concerned over threats to civil rights for adoption of fair rules of procedure to govern congressional investigations. The apprehensions of these groups are shared by-many members of Congress, although it is recognized that television can be used to excellent advantage in better acquainting the citizen with the work of his government.

Because it is the more sensational activities of investigating committees which best lend themselves to television coverage, Congress itself needs the protection of carefully conducted hearings if it is not to appear ...

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