Goodman, Walter
August 1954
New Republic;8/23/54, Vol. 131 Issue 8, p22
A Senate Rules Subcommittee heard spokesmen for the television networks testify on three resolutions now being considered by that body to ban television from all the U.S. Senate hearings whatsoever, to prohibit commercial sponsorship of such telecasts, to give witnesses the option of not sitting for the cameramen. The growing Senatorial television consciousness, which appeared first during the "Kefauver hearings and reached oppressive prominence with the 36 day McCarthy-Army, smash, seems now to have hardened into an obsession. Their reluctance to put on a vaudeville show implies that they are aware of their susceptibility to blandishments of the camera, that they just cannot hold themselves back once they know they are in nation wide focus.


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