Vice President Al Gore's surprise selection on Aug. 7 of Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman as his running mate adds to the presidential ticket a strong critic of violent and sexual content on TV. Sen. Lieberman has been a frequent critic of network TV, movies and videogames. As recently as May, the Democratic senator joined several other legislators in writing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Bill Kennard expressing concern about ``the rapidly declining standards of broadcast television.'' ``There has been a gross inflation of sex and vulgarity on free over-the-air television,'' they wrote in asking the FCC to review its indecency standard. Last year, Sen. Lieberman joined Sen. Sam Brownback (R., Kan.) is making an ``appeal to Hollywood'' urging a common sense code of conduct that included a commitment to reduce violence.
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