Friday, November 19, 2004

The Reign of Prudishness

If the Republicans' desire to change America's tax laws to hurt groups likely to support to Democrats was not enough, they are out to establish their Republic of Virtue and are now gunning for our depraved culture, too:

US COMMUNICATION watchdog the FCC is apparently so pleased with its moral crusade following the Janet Jackson boob it now wants to purge what it calls immorality from the interweb and cable channels.

Apparently acting with support from both Republicans and Democrats, the FCC is poised to get even more aggressive about enforcing moral values throughout broadcasting. So far the FCC has been really good at purging swear words and sex from telly by chucking huge fines at the broadcasters. The net result of its actions have been that viewers have been switching to cable in droves.

Some analysts think that this is behind the FCC's move to expanding its jurisdiction to encompass the alternatives, cable TV, satellite TV and radio and the internet.

Just wonderful. I really, really hope the Democrats as a party don't try to go after the moral values crowd by signing off on this. It will be very difficult for the Democrats to out theocrat the fundementalists of today's Republican Party and it would send the wrong message for the Democrats too roll over so easily after the election. And of course trying to censor the sattelite and cable is a terrible idea. These mediums are not the same as broadcast, which comes into every home. If parents want to protect their impressionable darlings from four letter words and nipples of doom they can simply block these channels or not buy these services. Regulating children's exposure to objectionable material is the role of parents, not the government. Speaking of which, this issue provides an excellent opportunity for the Democrats to engange in anti-government populism, the merits of which explored in this post at


At 2:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen to that. The FCC should be more worried about slanderous news coverege like what happend to Kerry and even Clinton. I don't remember anyone making a big deal when NBC, ABC, CBS and other national news channels were interviewing and reading graphic excerpts about Clintons alleged affair with Monica Lewinsky. Those "moral" Republicans were more than happy to let that go on the air as long as it hurt our Democratic Prez. Anyway T.V. censure is just the first step before everything starts getting censored...will they go after the Internet next? Forget about worrying about a mounting deficit, millions who go hungry and without healthcare everyday, oh and a war in Iraq...Let the moral crusade begin

At 3:07 PM , Blogger dbow said...

First of all I would like to say that I am not a prudish
person. However I feel I need to respond to you concerning your thoughts on regulating a depraved culture. It is simply amazing to me how overwhelming the statistics are which document the destruction that wanton sexual behavior and disregard for morality have wrought in this nation. How many marriages have been destroyed by pornography and infidelity? Too many to even comprehend. I do agree that laws and fines are not the answer and I am not sure what is but I do know that laws do not have the power to change anyone's behavior. This notion that if you don't like it you can just change the channel is true but what you fail to realize or don't want to realize is that not everyone will do this and as a result someone is inevitably going to be a victim of their impulses and attitudes toward women that turn them into objects for gratification of their own desires.


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