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Bob Dole on Technology

Former Republican Senator (KS)


Denounces worst of popular culture, but no censorship

It was not until a critic called Time Warner "our leading cultural polluter" that the process of galvanizing public opinion really got under way. Sen. Dole found political capital in denouncing the more outrageous motion pictures and forms of rap music. Dole, while denouncing some of the worst aspects of popular culture, was quick to protest that he was not for censorship.

Accusing Senator Dole of "pandering to the right" in his speech deploring obscene and violent entertainment, the New York Times argued: "These is much in the movies and in hard-core rap music that is disturbing and demeaning to many Americans. Rap music, which often reaches the top of the charts, is also the music in which women are degraded and men seem to murder each other for sport. But no one has ever dropped dead from viewing 'Natural Born Killers,' or listening to gangster rap records."

Source: Slouching Towards Gomorrah, by Robert Bork, p.130&141-144 , Dec 16, 2003

Voted YES on telecomm deregulation.

Deregulation of the telecommunications industry.
Status: Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation Act of 1995 Y)91; N)5; NV)3
Reference: Conference Report on S. 625, the; Bill S. 652 ; vote number 1996-8 on Feb 1, 1996

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