Final Word from Friday, June 25, 2004

Parliament's bill-cookers voted down a measure yesterday that would have tightened TV Nova's near-monopoly on the TV advertising market. Until yesterday, it looked almost certain to pass. Even Czech TV was in favor of it. HN printed a revealing article yesterday about the bill-baking process and took credit for the turn of events, but lobbying by the Branded Goods Association no doubt played a role too. TV Nova apparently noticed. It wondered suggestively in its evening news last night what possibly could have caused so many MPs to change their mind so abruptly? "There are two things in the world you don't ever want people to see how you make them," said the president's chief of staff on the The West Wing TV show. "Laws and sausages." The CR has excellent sausages, but its laws can be quite nasty. As the saying goes, too many cooks spoil the broth. Television


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