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Post by Dennis324 on Sat Jun 29, 2013 6:24 pm

All four of the major broadcast TV networks – ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC – filed statements last week with the Federal Communication Commission seeking an end to government oversight of indecency standards on television, according to a Dateline New York report.

The broadcasters want to be able to show just as much sex, violence and obscenity as the cable networks, and they don’t want it limited to after 10 p.m. ET.

The networks argued that the regulations violate their First Amendment rights and that the rules are archaic because families don’t just sit down and watch broadcast television anymore.

No one is violating their 1st amendment rights.  Look, if I wanted to open a topless bar, I wouldn't try to do it next to a Church, and certainly wouldn't try to do it in a grocery store.  There are places and times that you can legally do this in most cases, but its with the understanding you do it only under certain circumstances.  (Like ina club in a certain section of town).  Likewise, if the Network Execs want to air smut on tv (as if they aren't already), they can do it!  But they should have to do it only at certain times and maybe start their own cable network.  Then they can air all the garbage they like.

The Los Angeles Times reported Fox, for example, argued that the FCC’s rules are “stuck in a bygone era” and unfair to broadcasters because cable and online outlets do not face the same regulations.
“The FCC should affirm that it has no right to deny broadcasters the same First Amendment protections enjoyed by every other medium of communication,” Fox said.

Parents Television Council President Tim Winter, however, opposes eliminating decency standards.

“Fox has the audacity to argue that the entire broadcast indecency law should be abolished,” Winter said in a statement. “This is brought to you by the network that has aired scripted animated programs featuring a man masturbating a horse, a character eating excrement out of a baby’s diaper, and a baby eating a bowl of semen, just to name a few.  (Family Guy) 

“Ask just about anyone who doesn’t get compensated by the broadcast networks, and they’ll tell you that these scenes are patently offensive,” he continued. “Yet Fox wants the unfettered right to air this kind of content – or worse – at any time of day, even in front of children.”

CBS, however, assured the FCC it needn’t worry that relaxing its enforcement will make “broadcast television some sort of red-light district.”
Besides, the network added, “The day when a child watching television was almost certain to be watching broadcast television has long since passed.” 

If true, there's a good reason for it.  There's almost nothing decent for a child to watch on network tv anymore.

According to Dateline, Fox elaborated on CBS’ argument: “Americans today, including children, spend more time engaged with non-broadcast channels delivered by cable and satellite television, the Internet, video games and other media than they do with broadcast media.”
NBC agreed: “Broadcast TV is not a uniquely pervasive presence in the lives of 21st century Americans.”

James Joyner, writing in favor of the idea for Outside the Beltway, commented, “The rules made sense 30, even 20 years ago. Back then, cable television was essentially a platform for showing re-runs from the networks, live sports and theatrical movies. … Nowadays, the distinction between ‘broadcast’ and ‘cable’ or ‘satellite’ is largely irrelevant.”

Joyner added that because of DVRs, which easily enable viewers to record programs for viewing later, “Any show that airs after 9 p.m. is getting watched later in the week at an earlier hour, anyway, so the ‘family time’ concept is irrelevant.
“Presumably, there are still families that sit around the living room in the evening watching television together,” he added, “[but] if parents aren’t parenting, it really doesn’t matter given that most homes are connected to cable or satellite and children who want to watch ‘naughty’ programming can easily find it.

“There’s a market for family-friendly television,” he concluded. “Most of what’s on television, in fact, conforms to that standard, at least if we don’t hold to 1950s notions of acceptable language and sexual depiction.”  Most of what's on tv comforms to the standards of family friendly tv?  Really?  That's like saying, go ahead and drink the water from the Mississippi River.  Its almost as clean as it once was.  As long as you don't expect it to be as pure as it was in the 1600s.  Rolling Eyes 

The network filings came in response to an April request from the FCC – since expired – for comments on a proposed change in policy to allow “fleeting” or “isolated” instances of nudity and cursing on public airwaves without subjecting the networks to fines.
Several news outlets reported more than 101,000 consumer comments poured in, while the networks filed just under the deadline, asking the FCC to go even further in abolishing all decency standards.

Yet Winter and the Parents Television Council argues the FCC must heed the people.
“The outpouring of the American people to the FCC is tremendous on the issue of broadcast indecency. The over 101,000 comments received over this FCC proposal dwarfs the number of people communicating to the FCC about any other matter,” Winter said. “The American people (those without armies of lobbyists) are concerned about the volume of indecent material on TV that is targeting their children and grandchildren. The FCC and Congress must not ignore their voices.”

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This isn't about pushing Christian beliefs off onto the public or about oppressing non Christians.  There's nothing wrong with asking the Networks to have certain decency standards and go back to having prime-time family friendly tv that everyone can enjoy with their children.  There are avenues that network execs can use to air smut if they like...just start your own pay channel and do it.

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Post by Sir Pun on Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:56 pm

I just dont see how the FCC has any jurisdiction anymore over television, as there are no longer any "public (free) airwaves" with the digital switchover.

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Post by Sir Pun on Sat Jun 29, 2013 7:57 pm

That was the whole reason that different rules applied to cable, because you are actually having to pay to bring the programming into your home, thus doing so volunterily.

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Post by Dennis324 on Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:09 pm

As I understand it, there are still free public airwaves, but you gotta buy a special box at Wal-Mart to get them.  Very Happy

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Post by Sir Pun on Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:41 am

Ahh. So the airwaves are free, you just gotta have a box thing..

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Post by Bryant on Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:38 am

Dennis324 wrote:As I understand it, there are still free public airwaves, but you gotta buy a special box at Wal-Mart to get them.  Very Happy

If you have a newer TV you shouldn't need the box, and if you have an old TV you could have gotten one for free back when they were transitioning.
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Post by Sir Pun on Sun Jun 30, 2013 1:31 pm

Way to weigh in on that one lol

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Post by Bryant on Sun Jun 30, 2013 3:15 pm

Sir Pun wrote:Way to weigh in on that one lol

Just trying to help so he can get tuned in for all that sex and cussing Wink 

Seems like there was a South Park episode on this topic many a year ago.
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