CBS Makes Vague Promise Of Sensitivity On Violent Shows Post-Newtown

In a fairly meaningless gesture, the head of CBS’ entertainment division has promised the network will be sensitive on its violent programs following the December 14th massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 27 people dead. 

Nina Tassler excused the violence on the channel’s crime procedurals, according to Yahoo, by explaining that on CBS programs, the bad guy always loses and the good guy always wins. However, what the specifics of the "reneweed sensitivity" post-Newtown (and post-Taft) even means is unclear.   

CBS, of course, aren’t the only ones grappling with how to handle violence on TV in a post-Newtown era that’s galvanized both pro- and anti-gun control activists. Immediately following the massacre, Paramount Pictures rescheduled its premiere for Jack Reacher, a violent flick starring Tom Cruise as a detective who hunts down a sniper. Arnold Schwarzenegger (who is an actor again)  added his peanut gallery opinion last week when he defended his new movie The Last Stand — in which he fires a gun from a school bus — calling guns on film "entertainment" and suggested stricter gun laws. And of course, there was that awkward "Demand A Plan For Gun Violence" video starring a bunch of celebrities who got roundly criticized for using guns onscreen. 

Please God, let’s just not let what happened in Newtown become an episode of Law & Order: SVU?

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