More TV Stations Fined for Indecency

According to the Associated Press, regulators from the Federal Communications Commissions on Friday fined 13 Fox TV stations $7,000 each for a 2003 episode of "Married by America" that included graphic scenes from bachelor and bachelorette parties. The FCC was going to fine 169 affiliates for the airing of the episode but because of a new policy they only fined TV stations in markets where people complained.

A little over a month ago you may remember that the FCC fined several ABC affiliates for a re-run of an episode of "NYPD Blue" from 2003. These actions were spurred on by thousands of spam-like email generated by members of the watchdog gang, "The Parents Television Council."

We reported in January that The American Civil Liberties Union defended the television stations actions to air the episode. Especially when you consider that the episode had aired previously without a single complaint.

This shows that the FCC only acts when enough people bitch. Unfortunately, an obsessive, hyper-conservative mob of puritans are the ones that bitch the most, so they get to hold the reins (or rather, the balls) of this federal agency and command them to go after anyone they so desire.

And with that thought in mind, here is a video clip from Henry Rollins I thought was rather appropriate.

1 comment:

TV Watch said...

You raise some good points in your post. Here are some facts that you might find interesting. An overwhelming majority of Americans (91%) object to government deciding what they are able to watch on television. When activists talk about protecting children instead of parents—here’s what they’re talking about: sixty-eight percent of the country’s 110 million television-viewing households do not include children under age 18 and households with children have different challenges to face due to the varying ages of kids within each family. Currently, there are 11 million households with children age 6-11, 15 million households with children age 0-5 and 9 million households with children 12-17.

TV has come a long way from the days of three channels and rabbit ears antennas. Today’s TV audiences are putting to use broadband, DVRs, TV video on demand, iPods and cell phones to greatly expand their choices about what, when, where and how to watch TV. New technology means consumers have more selection than ever and more control than ever over what they see on TV. We all have more choices and parents have more tools to ensure their kids only see what’s right for them. Let’s let parents decide—not government, for all of us.

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