Bulletin: Clinton Proposes Common Net, TV Ratings

TOKYO (01/28/2000) - U.S. President Bill Clinton tonight proposed in his State of the Union Address a single rating system for television, the Internet and video games.

"Every parent I know worries about the impact of violence in the media on their children," Clinton said. "I want to begin by thanking the entertainment industry for accepting my challenge to put voluntary ratings on TV programs and video and Internet games. But frankly, the ratings are too numerous, diverse and confusing to be really useful to parents."

"So tonight, I now ask the industry to accept the First Lady's challenge to develop a single, voluntary rating system for all children's entertainment, one that is easier for parents to understand and enforce. If we take all these steps, we will be well on our way to making America the safest big country in the world," the President said in the televised address, monitored in Tokyo.

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