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DonLibes
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FCC Decency Standards for Cable

»www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ar···ar1.html

Stevens Seeks Cable, Satellite Decency Standards
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Says Applying Broadcast Rules Is Warranted

Reuters
Tuesday, March 1, 2005; 10:52 AM

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said Tuesday he would push to apply broadcast decency standards to subscription television and radio services like cable and satellite.

"Cable is a much greater violator in the indecency area," the Alaska Republican told the National Association of Broadcasters, which represents most local television affiliates. "I think we have the same power to deal with cable as over-the-air" broadcasters.

"There has to be some standard of decency," he said.
Wait a sec, the internet is an even bigger violator. Shit, when are we going to have some decency standards on the internet, goddammit!


tschmidt
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Gee I though a market based economy eschews government intervention.

If advertisers want to support porn because customers want it shouldn't they be allowed to do whatever sells?

Isn't this an unlawful taking, diminishing the value of private property by big government? I would have though Conservatives would be outraged at government interference.



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reply to DonLibes

said by DonLibes:

»www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ar···ar1.html
Wait a sec, the internet is an even bigger violator. Shit, when are we going to have some decency standards on the internet, goddammit!
When are we going to have some decency standard in government, I think is the real question. I'm so sick of people shoving their misguided ideas down the throats of others and calling it ice cream.

DonLibes
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reply to tschmidt

said by tschmidt:

Gee I though a market based economy eschews government intervention.

If advertisers want to support porn because customers want it shouldn't they be allowed to do whatever sells.
Porn is only part of the issue. The other part is the use of language, pictures, and ideas, that are offensive to some people. For example, the inability to use the word "fuck" during primetime meant that over-the-air networks couldn't literally report what Cheney said last year on the floor of the Senate.

»www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ar···n24.html


Karl Bode
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Saw this earlier and I simply cannot believe that of all the issues facing this country, this is Stevens top priority. One he's willing to take to the highest court and waste everyone's time with....

quote:
"There has to be some standard of decency," he said. But he also cautioned that "No one wants censorship." Stevens said he disagreed "violently" with assertions by the cable industry that Congress does not have the authority to impose limits on its content.

"If that's the issue they want to take on, we'll take it on and let the Supreme Court decide," he said.
Though I suppose by the time it gets there, the Supreme Court could be stocked with far-right religious Conservatives who think Sponge-Bob is gay and should be legislated.


ppcpunk9

join:2001-02-11
Davenport, IA
reply to DonLibes

I hope it doesn't happen but even if it does TV service over the internet is going to be a reality one day and there won't be anything they can do about that so go ahead and do it and make it happen a little faster - be my guest. Eventually people will just figure out that if you don't like something - DONT FUCKING WATCH IT!



WaxPhoto
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reply to Karl Bode

Though I agree with almost all of the comments in this thread, Karl, I think you went a bit over the top:

"Though I suppose by the time it gets there, the Supreme Court could be stocked with far-right religious Conservatives who think Sponge-Bob is gay and should be legislated."

Freedom of speech/expression is probably the only constitutional right we have that cannot be so blatantly abused. Besides, the gay rights lobby is too powerful to let sponge-bob take the fall.
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To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle. -George Orwell



ColdFiltered

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reply to tschmidt

said by tschmidt:

Gee I though a market based economy eschews government intervention.

If advertisers want to support porn because customers want it shouldn't they be allowed to do whatever sells?

Isn't this an unlawful taking, diminishing the value of private property by big government? I would have though Conservatives would be outraged at government interference.
You think you are in a Democracy. Knock it off!


ppcpunk9

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FYI no one actually is living in a democracy.



Karl Bode
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True. A bizarre Republic where money is god, Truth is whomever has the better PR team, and a Public that apparently could care less.



ColdFiltered

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Atlanta, GA
reply to DonLibes

Like cows on a farm ... moo. Everyone is just waiting for their assign pneumatic plunger.



ppcpunk9

join:2001-02-11
Davenport, IA

Was that intended to make sense?



ColdFiltered

join:2005-01-25
Atlanta, GA
reply to DonLibes

You have to be a cynic I suppose to get the joke. Sorry. What I was trying to poke fun at is that consumers are like cows on the farm and will take whatever the government imposes on them. Much like a cow heading to the plunger.

The 'moo' portion of my post was to illustrate how I, as a consumer, feel.


Penn_S

join:2005-04-19
North Las Vegas, NV
reply to DonLibes

I'll accept "decency" regulation of cable programming when Dick Cheney fucks himself in public.



Nogard is me
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reply to DonLibes

I for one am tired of the Government trying stop this and ban that. Where is our freedom going? I pay for satalite and I don't want it more cersored than it already is. Matter of fact, I don't want it censored at all. This is going way too far. Over in Europe they can show topless chicks but in America thay have a little box covering the boobs. Everyone in America that isn't blind has seen boobs before. Onb some channels they cover up thongs. LOL yeah well go to a beach and you can see thongs. They want to get rid of smut on TV but if you drive down the road in some areas, you see topless bars and crack dealers on the street. Some places have hookers wearing hardly anything. People go pass your car when you're sitting at a stoplight playing rap music that uses the N word and other words that they don't want on tv. It makes no sense. I want freedom. I want to watch TV without hearing beeps. Lets fight this. Lets take it to the FCC and let them know we want our cable and satalites back.


DonLibes
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said by Nogard is me:

Over in Europe they can show topless chicks but in America thay have a little box covering the boobs.... Lets fight this. Lets take it to the FCC and let them know we want our cable and satalites back.
What I find particularly warped is that I can watch Discovery with hour after hour of boob jobs and tummy tucks with all the gore of the surgeons showing every cut, every cauterization, every thing else - as long as the nipple is pixelated out. The only message this sends to me is that someone in the FCC is totally obsessed with nipples.


Nogard is me
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I know. The FCC is obsessed with nipples. Maybe it comes down to nipple envy. LOL