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BENNETT RENEWS HIS FIGHT AGAINST OFFENSIVE LYRICS

Former Education Secretary William Bennett and two Democratic senators are renewing pressure on Time Warner and four other companies for selling rap and rock music laced with "degrading and indefensible" lyrics.

Bennett, whose books on American morals have become best-sellers, was joining Sens. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., and Sam Nunn, D-Ga., in launching a radio and petition campaign Thursday, Lieberman's spokesman said."The news conference will release the lyrics from 20 rap and rock groups that we consider obscene or pornographic," the spokesman, Jim Kennedy, said.

Bennett and Lieberman appeared with C. Delores Tucker, head of the National Political Congress of Black Women, who also has campaigned against offensive lyrics.

The group targeted five companies, Kennedy said: Time Warner, Sony, PolyGram, Thorn EMI and Bertelsmann Music Group.

In letters they were sending to the companies, Bennett, Lie-ber-man and Nunn complained that the music they sell was "degrading and indefensible."

A spokeswoman for the recording industry dismissed the group as "self-appointed guardians" of American taste.

"If they don't like it, don't buy it," Hilary Rosen, president of the Recording Industry Association of America, told The Washington Post Thursday. "I resent the fact they are going to play these records at the press conference and give the impression the record companies believe this music is appropriate for all audiences."