America’s New Culture War, As Viewed From Britain

“If it is true to say in the run-up to the 2004 presidential election that America has never been more politically divided, then it is equally true that the battle for control of the country’s cultural landscape has never been more bitterly fought… Ironically, the push for more controls on what is shown [on television] is coming largely from right-wing, religious politicians and organisations who have long argued that market forces should prevail in every aspect of society: education, healthcare, social services – everything except broadcasting, it seems.”