Limits, Boundary's, lines that we don't cross. There every where. The
objective is to have a safety zone. I want to be safe. Why not have good
manners, some pride. The tv and radio can keep any one off who they don't
want. If they are not going to be proud of the show don't air it.
It will be interesting to see how conservatives respond on this issue. On the
one hand, they are generally in favor of reducing or eliminating regulations on
commercial activity, and letting the free market rule. On the other hand, they
are generally in favor of restricting what they consider to be immoral behavior.
What part of the Constitution gives the federal government the right to tell
broadcasters that particular words may not be sent over the airwaves? It takes
a fairly liberal reading of the commerce clause to do that.
Let the community vote for its standards with advertising dollars.That is
what the free market would be.We are not a nation of 7 year olds, and all
tv's and radios have this modern invention called a knob, try using it
instead of your government to raise your kids.Curmudgeon is correct.
Curmudgeon,Where in the Constitution does it mention radio and tv? Common
airways should be used in the public interest and lowering the standards of
civility and propriety are not in the public interest. What is seen of open
access channels soon becomes the public norm. If one wants vulgar language and
nudity, let them pay for limited access cable channels.
Really? You think we need to turn broadcast television into so much mush it
becomes unviable (that's closer than you think) to protect children who
aren't watching it? If we really want less government interference in our
lives, prove it here and now.
Seriously people, they're relaxing standards on incidental/accidental cases
of it. You're not going to see scripted shows doing it because that'd
be deliberate and would still be against the rules. This is so that networks
like fox don't get fined if a reporter at a sporting event ends up having a
swear word from a fan or athlete get picked up on the microphone; stuff like
Exactly AtlBut, that's not nearly as fun to get worked up
over.Some people need to be able to rant about "liberal
media" and the lack of morals in Hollywood.It makes their day.
Conservatives rant and rave over nudity on TV, yet Utah ranks #1 for
on-line porn.They hypocrisy is astounding, it know's no
end....BTW - I do not trust Free Markets and business to have
people's best interest at heart.They are ruled and motivated by one
thing, and one thing only -- $ Money!I have no problem with the FCC
limiting theuir smut for cash.But, that also makes me a big Government
liberal.I may be liberal, but at least I have a clear sense and
value of honesty and integrity.
Atl134 and JoeBlow: The rule is not as benign as you claim. With
the amount of unscripted material on TV these days (think live interviews, Janet
Jackson's wardrobe malfunction, etc.), the rule would give the networks a
defense against a whole lot of offensive language and images, not just a passing
"accidental" comment from a fan at a sports event. It might not open
the flood gates fully, but it surely would be a crack in the dam that lots of
people--from network executives to random immature people who get their 15
seconds of jollies from saying naughty words--would be more than willing to
exploit. I'm with LDS Liberal on this one.
Why do conservatives have such differing opinions on guns vs speech? If you
think the rights under the constitution can have no restrictions. Why is it ok
to censor TV, but blocking the purchase of 30 round clips or AR-15's is a
violation of your rights?
@Curmudgeon"random immature people who get their 15 seconds of jollies
from saying naughty words"I don't think there's
anything stopping those people from doing that now. At least not from an FCC
standpoint.Personally, I'm neutral/undecided on this issue, I
just want the discussion to be based on what is actually being proposed and not
a misrepresentation of what it is.
More filth on TV. Just what we all need.But it's really
amusing to see the consternation of some conservatives about this.
If you want looser standards, just get cable. Skinamax, and Harlot Box Office
offer all the filth you could want after a certain time of the evening.
The nanny state dictates what you watch on TV.