Picks and Pans Main: Tube
updated 06/27/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/27/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
As a nation of TV viewers we are so inundated with images of violence that it becomes difficult to know where to draw the line. Surely this is the place to start. Yes, executions are dramatized on TV all the time (most gruelingly in last year's ABC miniseries Murder in the Heartland). But to broadcast the actual death of a human being would set a terrible precedent, one that would be quickly exploited and imitated by the sleaziest elements in the medium. Are you ready for Snuff TV? Donahue, who opposes the death penalty, argued unsuccessfully that the public has the right to see this mortal ceremony. That may be so—but do we have the need?