Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal


Late last year, President Reagan surprised many when he vetoed the Children's Television Act of 1988, which would have limited the time available for commercials broadcast during children's programming. His veto message referred to "freedom of expression," but did not elaborate on first amendment concerns raised by the legislation. The author evaluates these and other issues and concludes that President Reagan's veto was consistent with a sensitive approach to first amendment issues in the area of children's advertising.