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Published: Wednesday, April 17 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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george of the jungle
goshen, UT

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.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

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.

4601
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

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.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

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 that.

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

Exactly Atl

But, 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.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

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.

Curmudgeon
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Noodlekaboodle
Poplar Grove, UT

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?

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@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.

one old man
Ogden, UT

More filth on TV. Just what we all need.

But it's really amusing to see the consternation of some conservatives about this.

SLC gal
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The nanny state dictates what you watch on TV.

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