If the truth were told

Fox TV's 'Moment of Truth'
Earlier this year the Fox network, showing either the effects of the writers’ strike or the signs of social decay, offered a gem of televised exploitation—the kind that repulses you but you can’t help watching. The game show The Moment of Truth features contestants who have previously answered questions while attached to a polygraph and then, in front of a TV audience, have to answer some of the same questions, with the polygraph “voice” indicating whether he or she is telling us the truth. Early on the questions are humorously embarrassing ones, such as, “Have you ever admired yourself in the mirror?” But the show moves on to penetrating personal questions like, “Have you waited to have kids because you doubted that your wife is your lifelong partner?”


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