More stalwart voices line up against the FCC's puritanical crusade

by Jason Gross

1 December 2006

 

In the “couldn’t have said it better myself” department, more groups are lining up to protest the FCC’s insane fining policy over indecency.  From a Variety article, some wise words in the friend-of-the-court briefs:

“The FCC’s arbitrary censorship system is no more tolerable than allowing government agents to tear pages out of library books”

“A vague and ill-defined standard of decency is a threat to the freedom of expression that AFTRA members and all Americans hold dear” (AFTRA = American Federation of Television and Radio Artists)

And my favorite:

“To effectuate its new clean-up-the-airwaves policy, the commission has radically expanded the definition of indecency beyond its original conception; magnified the penalties for even minor, ephemeral images or objectionable language; and targeted respected television programs, movies, even non-commercial documentaries”

Whether these wise words will actually sway a board that holds its own inconsistent view of morals above the law is questionable though it’s good to see that more people are lining up to remind us how off-base and detached from reality that the FCC has become.

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