It is fashionable for many of us to complain about television programming and the effect it is having on our children and our culture, but sometimes we should be grateful. Today in Washington, Congress is holding important hearings on the Iraq War and citizens all across the country (at least those who have cable) can watch our representatives question General Petreaus and Ambassdor Crocker about conditions in Iraq. CNN3 is broadcasting the hearings. The networks will no doubt pick up highlights and play those later. And National Public Radio is carrying the program too. A generation ago, people had no choice but to turn to newspapers for coverage of Washington events, and the coverage was necessarily limited. Most of us don’t have time to watch every minute of the hearings, but at least they are available and that is something to be thankful for.
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