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Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground (1988) Geraldo Rivera 80's TV Satanic Scare | SeMeN SPeRmS SuPeR SiTe
" Twenty-one years ago tonight, television standards plunged further when NBC aired "Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground,"a two-hour "documentary" from "journalist" Geraldo Rivera. The network touted the special as an investigation into crimes and a correlation between heavy metal music and Satanism, but the Washington Post's Tom Shales had a different description, calling it "dirty-minded teleporn," filled with "talk about butchered babies, dismembered corpses, cannibal cults and sex orgies." He noted the networks had cut their departments of standards and practices, attributing the whittling to "hyped competitiveness fostered by the Reagan administration's sweeping deregulation" of broadcasting. NBC began "Devil Worship" at 8 p.m. – the slot it reserved for "ALF," "The Cosby Show" and "Family Ties" on other nights – requiring frequent interruptions for disclaimers and parental advisories. As Shales reported, Rivera himself addressed parents during the broadcast: "I am begging