Tuesday, April 24, 2007

FCC wants to censor more content, including cable

It's called a remote, use it. And don't even think about messing with 24 or the UFC.
From the Post

Federal regulators, concerned about the effect of television violence on children, will recommend that Congress enact legislation to give the government unprecedented powers to curb violence in entertainment programming, according to government and TV industry sources.

The Federal Communications Commission has concluded that regulating TV violence is in the public interest, particularly during times when children are likely to be viewers -- typically between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., FCC sources say.


The report -- commissioned by members of Congress in 2004 and based on hundreds of comments from parents, industry officials, academic experts and others -- concludes that Congress has the authority to regulate "excessive violence" and to extend its reach for the first time into basic-cable TV channels that consumers pay to receive.

I have a better idea. Disband most of the powers of the FCC, limiting them to regulating signal interference. We have remotes. We have V chips. We have plugs. Let's use them. The last thing I want to see is government once again going after the Ultimate Fighter and 24.

One other thing, what's next. "Offensive Speech?" We're now seeing government pushing to stick his fat head into cable. These censorship goons are no different than the gun grabbers.


Adam said...

the FCC chairmen is appointed by the president.

so these are YOUR people doing this.

Republican Michigander said...

There's plenty of blame to go around.

It was Clinton who signed the "communications decency act". Joe Lieberman is the most active proponent of censorship in the Senate. Bush signed a CDA as well. Tipper Gore is an adovcate of censor ship as well. Your party is also pushing to censor political speech with the so called "fairness doctrine" removed by President Reagan's appointees.

The last one to move away from content regulation - was Reagan.

I'd like to back to the traditional Republican view of censorship - less government.