Censorship

The Parents Television Council Takes on the Motherfucking Racists

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A USA Today story speculates that expurgated episodes of The Sopranos on A&E could increase pressure on Congress to extend the FCC's indecency regulations to cable TV. I'm not too concerned about that possibility, since it's unlikely the courts would uphold such a law in the absence of the special "public airwaves" rationale for restricting the content of broadcast TV. It's true that broadcasting is no longer "uniquely pervasive": Nearly nine out of 10 American households now have cable or satellite TV, and pretty soon video on demand via the Internet will be similarly common. But the Supreme Court already has rejected attempts to censor cable and the Internet in the name of protecting children, and I think it's more likely to reconsider broadcasting's special First Amendment status than it is to put other video delivery methods in the same category.

I take it as a positive sign that the Parents Television Council, the source of nearly all FCC indecency complaints, has been reduced to blatant prevarication in its description of the shows on basic cable:

"There are cable network programmers whose clear and sole objective is to break any boundary without regard for what the consequences are for society," says Parents Television Council Executive Director Tim Winter. Some shows, he says, have glamorized rape, pedophilia, incest, racism and misogyny.

 I think Winter probably has in mind Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Daughter-Raping Neo-Nazis.

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  1. Some shows, he says, have glamorized rape, pedophilia, incest, racism and misogyny.

    I want a list.

  2. Parents Television Council, the source of nearly all FCC indecency complaints, has been reduced to blatant prevarication…

    Well Brent Bozell, for one, never has done much more than hurl epithets: “It must be banned because it’s slime and it’s garbage, and no decent person would ever…”

  3. Consequences for society? The only real consequence is obesity.

  4. Arrested Development proved that glamorizing incest is never a bad thing. I like the way they think…

  5. I want a list.

    Nancy Grace. She’s the quintfecta!

  6. “There are cable network programmers whose clear and sole objective is to break any boundary without regard for what the consequences are for society,” says Parents Television Council Executive Director Tim Winter. Some shows, he says, have glamorized rape, pedophilia, incest, racism and misogyny.”

    It takes a lot of effort to get all that in in just one day’s work. You have to get up, eat breakfast, put on your children hatin’ hat…

    P.S. I’d take issue that all those things have been “glamorized”–but it seems pretty clear to me that the Parents’ Television Council has been glamorizing First Amendment bashing for a long time. …which is disgraceful and un-American.

  7. Ken,

    Can you direct me as to where I can obtain a “children hatin’ hat”?

    Nick

  8. What a bunch of whining nannies…wonder how much money those idjits waste with their complaints to the FCC.

  9. Ah, the whole “glamorizing rape, incest, pedophilia, etc.” canard. Takes me back over twenty years to the classic Frank Zappa / John Lofton debate on Crossfire. View it here for a kick.

  10. What a great unintended consiquence that would be if instead of increasing FCC authority over cable the FCC would loose regulational authority over traditional broadcasting. Keep on bitching, bitches.

  11. FCC,DEA,ATF,IRS, etc. Up against the wall come the revolution. If ever.

  12. Some shows, he says, have glamorized rape, pedophilia, incest, racism and misogyny.

    That’s odd, I didn’t know HBO had done a Bible series.

  13. Now that was funny.

  14. Yes; it’s funny ’cause it’s true!

  15. The words of Tim Winter should be heeded as the words of a scientist. He graduated from Principia College, “A School and College for Christian Scientists“.

  16. Nearly nine out of 10 American households now have cable or satellite TV, and pretty soon video on demand via the Internet will be similarly common.

    How can material that about 90% of the people in the USofA pay to receive “offend community standards?”

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