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.
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