Doh! Parents' Group Criticizes Prime Time Violence
NEW YORK - A parents'
group says there's still plenty of violence on prime-time television.
The Parents Television
Council says a study of nearly 400 prime-time scripted programs finds that even
in the sensitive period directly following the Connecticut school shooting,
there were plenty of shootings, stabbings and beat-downs on TV. Violence was
seen in nearly half of the shows.
The portrayals of
violence cited by the parents' group include Homer strangling Bart for mouthing
off on "The Simpsons."
Others examples cited by
the council between Jan. 11 and Feb. 11 are much more gory. The parents' group
says it found not only an increase in gore from other studies it has conducted
over 18 years, but a greater specificity and darkness to the violence.
Jim Dyke, executive
director of TV Watch, says it's unfair for the group to study broadcast
violence and not include what's on cable networks, which are able to be more
explicit in what they show.
TV Watch is a Washington-based advocacy group that opposes government
involvement in television programming.