Here are excerpts from a trade a media trade article followed by a few smart ass remarks from me:
"Protecting Children from Indecency Programming Act Would Give FCC Authority to Fine Fleeting Profanities and Nudity
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 12/6/2007 11:56:00 AM
As the opportunities for passing legislation this year dwindle down to a precious few, Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), vice chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, called on his colleagues to approve a bill that would give the Federal Communications Commission express authority to fine fleeting profanities and nudity, although it would not direct the agency to do so.
The bill, the Protecting Children from Indecency Programming Act (S. 1780), was introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) after a Federal Appeals Court found that the FCC had not justified its decision to crack down on fleeting profanities, specifically in a case involving swearing by Cher and Nicole Ritchie on a Fox awards-show broadcast...
"I urge the Senate to take up this important legislation," Stevens said in a statement Thursday. "Radio and broadcast TV are still the way most Americans get their news and entertainment. Whether sitting in a car with your children or in front of the TV, the American public should be able to expect that they will not be barraged with unexpected indecent material, whether it is through an image or a word."
By the way Senator, this is the meaning of barraged "an overwhelming quantity or explosion, as of words, blows, or criticisms: a barrage of questions." Perhaps you engaged in a bit of hyperbole Senator?
Senator Stevens, when my kids sit in front of a television screen and hear all of the real vulgarities our nation promulgates, those are the truly indecent things that they are exposed to. All kids will undoubtedly survive an inadvertent and unplanned vulgarity or breast.
These words and body parts exist, and if they are intentionally broadcast, ok, do what you will, but inadvertent? You make a mockery of the process Senator.
The following type of stuff makes me real proud to be an American.
Knowing that it is acceptable for children to be hungry, homeless, or without health care is acceptable, yet an inadvertent and unplanned vulgarity or breast is not.
Torture is more or less acceptable, as is blowing up innocent civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan, yet an inadvertent and unplanned vulgarity or breast is not.
Spying on our citizens and other constitutional violations are acceptable, yet an inadvertent and unplanned vulgarity or breast is not.
Going to war in Iraq BY MISTAKE is more or less acceptable, yet an inadvertent and unplanned vulgarity or breast is not.
Setting the stage for attacking Iran is acceptable, yet an inadvertent and unplanned vulgarity or breast is not.
In a staggering moment of hypocrisy three and a half years ago, our very own Vice President Dick Cheney annoyed by Senator Patrick Leahy said "fuck yourself" to him. Adding a bit of irony to the moment, the Senate on that date passed 99-1 something called "The Defense of Decency Act."
Senator Stevens, I have a hypothetical question for you.
Had a broadcaster covered that moment live, and carried the Vice Presidents utterance of the word "fuck," would that broadcaster be subject to a draconian fine levied by the FCC?
As I have said before, I am real proud to be an American.