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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 11:29 PM
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Anti-Indecency Forces Opposed -WP
The push to crack down harder on radio and television indecency, which rose to national attention with Janet Jackson's brief exposure during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, is beginning to stir pockets of opposition.

Rep. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) has introduced a bill that would prevent the Federal Communications Commission, which polices over-the-air radio and television broadcasts, from extending its authority to cable and satellite channels.

At the same time, a California woman has launched a Web site, www.speakspeak.org, meant to counter what she calls the excessive influence of anti-indecency groups, such as the Parents Television Council (PTC), that flood the government with complaints designed to spur fines against radio and television broadcasters.

Sanders said his bill is meant to head off possible legislation discussed by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) that would give the FCC the power to fine channels such as HBO and companies such as XM Satellite Radio Inc. if they air offensive content.

......Stevens is honeymooning and unavailable for comment.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1962-200...
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PartyPooper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 11:32 PM
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1. Who's to decide what's decent and what's not?
:think:
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:47 PM
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12. I do!
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Autobot77 Donating Member (343 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 11:36 PM
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2. Good.

I'm sick of these busy-bodies trying to tell people what we can and cannot watch on tv. If they don't like indecent tv they're free to watch something else. If it were up to the whackos at the Parents TV Council and Am. Family Association the only thing on tv would be televangelists and FOX news.
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mongo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 11:39 PM
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3. Thanks for posting this!
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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 11:42 PM
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4. Maybe the Sumbitch (Stevens) Will Lighten Up
Edited on Fri Mar-25-05 11:42 PM by Anakin Skywalker
after his honeymoon, once he's experienced sex. Maybe.
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blogbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 11:46 PM
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5. Don't most people have parental control locks over their electronics?..
I'm tired of being punished as an adult because of people out there who can't control their own kids! If kids are accessing things they shouldn't or doing what they shouldn't then it is the fault of negligent parents and not anyone else! Tend to your kids people and let me watch what I want. Unlike your kids I'm paying for services and shouldn't have to pay for your negligence.
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Anakin Skywalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 11:51 PM
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6. Agree 100%
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Gyre Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:35 AM
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7. The FCC has sold US out in another way.
They've licensed major networks who routinely air the most sexualized garbage imaginable to do what? To sell worthless shit to you good people in a pap of mediocre and unimaginative advertising sandwiched between mediocre, cynical and highly sexualized programs. (obviously there are a few exceptions)

Blatant sexuality in the mass media is the vehicle for your own economic exploitation while using demeaning, oblique, toxic messages about you and everybody else. The fact that the majority of us can't see it, is a testament to it's effectiveness.

I'm all for the return of tight regulation of all deceiving and highly suggestive(sexually) content. However, I don't believe it will actually happen. As a profoundly capitalist entity, this administration is bound and determined to aid and abet corporate exploitation of America's human resource. That means nothing but more sex in mainstream media, regardless of the "noises" the admin makes to appease the christian right.

Gyre
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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:43 AM
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9. Good advice, from way back in 1965...
Smut! Give me smut and nothing but!
A dirty novel I can't shut, if it's uncut,
And unsub...tle.

I've never quibbled, if it was ribald,
I would devour where others merely nibbled.
As the judge remarked the day that he acquitted my Aunt Hortense,
"To be smut, it must be ut-
Terly without redeeming social importance."

Pornographic pictures I adore, indecent magazines galore,
I like them more...if they're hard core!

(Bring on the obscene movies, murals, postcards, neckties, samplers, stained-glass windows, tattoos, anything! More, more, I'm still not satisfied!)

Stories of tortures, used by debauchers,
Lurid, licentious, and vile...make me smile.
Novels that pander to my taste for candor
Give me a pleasure sublime. (Let's face it, I love slime.)

All books can be indecent books, though recent books are bolder,
For filth (I'm glad to say) is in the mind of the beholder.
When correctly viewed, everything is lewd.
Why, I could tell you things about Peter Pan,
And the Wizard of Oz--there's a dirty old man!

I thrill, to any book like "Fanny Hill,"
And I suppose I always will, if it is swill
And really fil...thy.

Who needs a hobby like tennis or philately?
I've got a hobby: rereading Lady Chatterley.
But now they're trying to take it all away from us unless
We take a stand, and hand in hand, we fight for freedom of the press.
In other words...

Smut! (I love it)
Ah, the adventures of a slut.
Oh, I'm a market they can't glut, I don't know what
Compares with smut.

Hip hip hooray! Let's hear it for the Supreme Court!
Don't let them take it away!


(Tom Lehrer...but you knew that...)
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mongo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 12:19 PM
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10. Sex is bad, mmmkay?







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MetaTrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:43 AM
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8. "Anti-Indecency"
What a lovely turn of phrase, right up there with "baby killers". Fucking whore media.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:48 PM
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13. It's the Washington Post- what do you expect?
Edited on Sat Mar-26-05 01:48 PM by depakid
Honesty? Ethics?

That paper's gotten worse than CNN.
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 01:41 PM
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11. Does this mean that I am "Pro Indecency" ? n/t
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 02:43 PM
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15. YES
:D

Me too, till it comes to the image of Ted Stevens on his honeymoon. That's where I draw the line!
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DrZeeLit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 02:19 PM
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14. You go, Bernie! That's my rep! What a guy!!!!! I love Vermont! n/t
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