DONNA AND BARBARA
A programming note: The Discovery Channel marks what they call “the watershed event in which the mainstream media went tabloid.” The network showcases author, activist and commentator Donna Rice Hughes on Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT in the season premiere of “Barbara Walters Presents,” hosted by the veteran broadcaster of the same name. The show title: “The Scandal That Changed History.”
Which scandal? Ms. Walters addresses the 1987 liaison between Mrs. Hughes — she was 29-year-old Donna Rice at the time — and then-Democratic presidential hopeful Gary Hart. An infamous photo of the pair aboard a yacht called “Monkey Business” emerged, and the press went ballistic. However, she used the experience as a teachable moment.
Mrs. Hughes retreated from public life, married and seven years later founded Enough Is Enough — an advocacy group promoting internet safety for children and families, complete with a parental curriculum created in conjunction with the Department of Justice and support from such corporations as McDonald’s and Starbucks. Find Mrs. Hughes’ outreach at Enough.org.