Now run my health care!
Aren't there a coupla wars going on? A financial crisis? Health-care debates? Oscar brouhahas? Decent weather for a change?
It's good to know that the Federal Communications Commission, among the least useful of any government agency to last into the 21st century (or the really way too long 20th century), is resolute in working through its backlog of indecency complaints like Eric Massa through his male staff after, like, "15 gin and tonics" (gins and tonic?).
After a hiatus of what numerous attorneys say is close to two years, the FCC has begun to follow up on some of the one million-plus indecency complaints it has acknowledged are in its pipeline, including one concerning a Dr. Phil episode that aired four years ago….
But the Supreme Court's remand and/or reversal of both decisions [the Nipplegate thing and swearing on Fox during awards shows], and a new FCC chairman vowing to clear out a backlog of complaints of all types, has once again inspired action on the indecency front. "They have a ton of those things, and I think they are just trying to push them out," said one of the communications attorneys.
He said that the complaint letter he was familiar with targeted a 2006 episode of Dr. Phil dealing with masturbation. He said that before this letter went out, it had been "approximately forever"-certainly more than a year-since he had seen a letter of inquiry on indecency out of the FCC.
More from Broadcasting & Cable's account here. Let's not quibble about anything here. And let's not dally in trying to banish the proximity of Dr. Phil and masturbation from our brains. If this is what the government is spending (read: wasting) its time and money doing, then it really should just give up. What the hell. Here's a link to the FCC's complaint page, which is typically being overrun by humanoid outrage-a-bots following orders from the Parents Television Council. Why not file a complaint against the agency isself?
And remember, this FCC is the same agency that will likely be given the keys to the internets if any sort of "net neutrality" legislation ever gets passed.