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It is wonderful that television talk show host Maury Povich has donated $1 million to journalism programs at this renowned University.

Povich’s selfless gift causes me to wonder whether he fancies himself a journalist rather than the slime merchant that he has become through hosting a program that is a repulsive abomination.

The Maury Povich Show is a forum for the exploitation of the uneducated, the foolish and the vulnerable — society’s lowest of the low, whose trials and tribulations are lapped up by a voyeuristic, unsophisticated viewership.

Povich is a talented, intelligent, charming, engaging man. Does he ever ponder the ramifications of pursuing a career that mainstreams and showcases a daily freak show or the extent to which he has flushed once-valued broadcast standards down the drain?

I hope that Penn journalism students draw no connection between their field of study and the school’s latest benefactor, who has made millions through peddling visual and audio smut.

Oren Spiegler Unaffiliated with the University

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