NEWS RELEASE
For More Information Contact: Commercial Alert, TV-Turnoff Network (202) 588-7746
For Immediate Release: October 18th, 2000

Groups Praise Bush's Statement about TV: “The Best Weapon Is the Off-On Button”

TV-Turnoff Network and Commercial Alert applaud Texas Governor George W. Bush for saying at yesterday’s presidential debate that in the battle to prevent TV and popular culture from undermining the values we pass onto our children, “the best weapon is the off/on button and...eating dinner with [your children].”

The average American child witnesses 200,000 violent acts on televisionby age 18 and see 20,000 commercials every year. The average child will spend over 1,000 hours watching television this year, far more than the 900 hours they will spend in school.

“Parents today face an avalanche of violent, sexually-explicit andcommercial-laden material. Governor Bush is right on target: the best way to protect children is to turn off the TV and turn on life,” agreed Frank Vespe, executive director of TV-Turnoff Network.

Many children are now required to watch television in school. Channel One, a marketing company, delivers two minutes of advertising and ten minutes of lite “news” to about eight million students in 12,000 schools.

“We already have values-based education in the schools.  The problem isthat it’s Channel One’s values.  That means promoting materialism, violent entertainment, and low-grade sensuality to impressionable schoolchildren,” said Gary Ruskin, director of Commercial Alert. “If Bush and Gore want to encourage strong values among our children, theyought to get Channel One out of the public schools.”

Commercial Alert opposes corporate exploitation of children and theexcesses of commercialism, advertising and marketing. Commercial Alert’s web address is http://www.commercialalert.org.

TV-Turnoff Network, formerly TV-Free America, is a national nonprofit,nonpartisan organization that encourages children and adults to watch much less television in order to promote healthier lives and communities. TV-Turnoff Network organizes National TV-Turnoff Week eachyear in April. Since 1995 more than 24 million Americans have turned off their television and re-engaged in life. National TV-Turnoff Week, 2001 will be April 23-29. In addition, TV-Turnoff Networks acclaimed More Reading, Less TV program helps students acquire a deep and long-lasting enjoyment of reading. Visit us on the web at http://www.tvturnoff.org.

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NEWS RELEASE
For More Information Contact: Commercial Alert, TV-Turnoff Network (202) 588-7746
For Immediate Release: October 18th, 2000

Groups Praise Bush's Statement about TV: “The Best Weapon Is the Off-On Button”

TV-Turnoff Network and Commercial Alert applaud Texas Governor George W. Bush for saying at yesterday’s presidential debate that in the battle to prevent TV and popular culture from undermining the values we pass onto our children, “the best weapon is the off/on button and...eating dinner with [your children].”

The average American child witnesses 200,000 violent acts on televisionby age 18 and see 20,000 commercials every year. The average child will spend over 1,000 hours watching television this year, far more than the 900 hours they will spend in school.

“Parents today face an avalanche of violent, sexually-explicit andcommercial-laden material. Governor Bush is right on target: the best way to protect children is to turn off the TV and turn on life,” agreed Frank Vespe, executive director of TV-Turnoff Network.

Many children are now required to watch television in school. Channel One, a marketing company, delivers two minutes of advertising and ten minutes of lite “news” to about eight million students in 12,000 schools.

“We already have values-based education in the schools.  The problem isthat it’s Channel One’s values.  That means promoting materialism, violent entertainment, and low-grade sensuality to impressionable schoolchildren,” said Gary Ruskin, director of Commercial Alert. “If Bush and Gore want to encourage strong values among our children, theyought to get Channel One out of the public schools.”

Commercial Alert opposes corporate exploitation of children and theexcesses of commercialism, advertising and marketing. Commercial Alert’s web address is http://www.commercialalert.org.

TV-Turnoff Network, formerly TV-Free America, is a national nonprofit,nonpartisan organization that encourages children and adults to watch much less television in order to promote healthier lives and communities. TV-Turnoff Network organizes National TV-Turnoff Week eachyear in April. Since 1995 more than 24 million Americans have turned off their television and re-engaged in life. National TV-Turnoff Week, 2001 will be April 23-29. In addition, TV-Turnoff Networks acclaimed More Reading, Less TV program helps students acquire a deep and long-lasting enjoyment of reading. Visit us on the web at http://www.tvturnoff.org.

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