DONNA AND BAR­BARA

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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.

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