TV smut: Dem/GOP posse saddles up

This is by way of a heads up: surges of legislative enthusiasm for regulating broadcast indecency come and go, according as the mass hysteria of the Bozellite fanatics waxes and wanes.

It must be waxing again, because there are stirrings on the Hill.

Past bills on this subject have foundered in or before conference, thank Goodness. (Hurrah for the manifold brands bigotry comes in!)

But so did versions of the bankruptcy bill, right up to the time the bastard passed.

My sense of what a cursory search has thrown up is that interest is now high enough for bills to pass in both houses once more. (I read somewhere about an election...)

Ted 'Bridge to Nowhere' Stevens, Chairman of the Commerce Committee, has been holding hearings, with Ranking Member Inouye not backward in his support for cracking down on Hollywood.

Kay Bailey Hutchison and Jay Rockefeller are pressing a bill to extend indecency regulation to cable and satellite.

Now, Hollywood only has itself to blame. Instead of arriving at the broadcasting equivalent of the House ethics truce - under which the FCC levied piffling fines and the broadcasters didn't challenge their right to do so in the courts - the networks should have got the indecency law (18 USC 1464) struck down as unconstitutional.

Water under the bridge.

On the other hand, it could be that help is on the way, to coin a phrase, since it seems that the FCC will be weighing in with some more indecency rulings.

Perhaps if the fines are maximised (per expletive, per station - even the current tariff soon mounts up) TROs might be requested. My guess: they won't be (times two).

(The last time the House voted on an indecency bill, La Pelosi led no fewer than 161 Dems in support.

This was a major triumph for liberal forces in the House Democratic Party: the previous time, it was 172 Dems!

Gives a whole new meaning to the word progressive...

Don't say you weren't warned!)

Tags: Democrats, FCC, First Amendment, indecency, Inouye, Jay Rockefeller, Kay Bailey Hutchison, Senate Commerce Committee, Ted Stevens (all tags)

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Regulating cable/satellite is a joke.

The motives for this timing are crystal clear, but really, even if it passed, it would never pass muster legally.

So, I pay 13 bucks a month for satellite radio, and about 100 for cable/internet and so, I'll be PAYING them to censor me and the products I have to PAY to have access to?

I understand the pander-factor in this perrenial bill, but whoever votes for such a thing is still a dick to me, as I belong to the LMTFA wing of the Democratic Party.  As in Leave Me The Fuck Alone.

by Sam Loomis 2006-03-04 08:41PM | 0 recs

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