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Goodman: Has our democracy become a reality show?

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Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) calls the roll on Hill Street Blues.

Government has become a 24-hour reality show, and its leader is creating reality by the second, tweet after tweet, post after post, firing after firing. In its wake we’ve seen less heroism and more hedonism, less truth and more fiction, as the nation lurches from nuclear showdowns to tariff-spawned meltdowns.

Adam Goodman, special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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April 5, 2018 | Hollywood lost a legend this week, and America a road map, when Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco played out his final episode on Earth. Bochco was the pioneering force in television, and mentor to countless entertainment giants, who braved censors and cynics to craft unforgettable stories grounded on the streets of urban America.

His Emmy Award-winning Hill Street Blues for NBC (together with Fame, Taxi, and Cheers) anchored what was known in the ’80s as the best night in television. It was a landmark show because it dealt with reality as a life force worth experiencing.

Adam Goodman is a national Republican media consultant based in St. Petersburg and the first Edward R. Murrow Fellow at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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