Congressional Leader Wants to Criminally Prosecute for Indecency

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  1. WillG

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    I don't even know what to respond to that. Welcome to the new red scare.

    /Mike
     
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    Good grief. First they want the FCC to regulate cable tv and now this.
     
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    I would be real surprised if something like this got through. Granted the Washington Politicos are somewhat creative with their interpretations of Federalism but this would be a major intrusion of the Federals into States rights. Besides, unless there is a shift in the Supreme Court, they have swatted down indecency measures before for 1st ammendment violations or not comprehending the variation of indecency from juristiction to juristiction. I would hope this is more bluster and less substance.

    Kenneth
     
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    What a fine and subtle distinction Sen. Sensenbrenner makes between a blunderbuss and a cannon. How impressively nuanced is his rhetoric. And the Civil War era metaphors? Priceless.

    Oratory on that level is bound to get one some cable news exposure, not that I'm suggesting the honorable Senator is cynically grandstanding or anything. Perish the thought. He's on the side of the angels, after all.
     
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    I don't see what states rights have to do with this.

    I agree that this will not pass, but the idea is there and that's bad enough. I'm sure many people agree with it too.

    /Mike
     
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    As far as the state/federal thing, I would hope it would only be federal if it were on a national broadcast.

    This is going to spur up a bunch of free speech debates, I'm sure, and I think It needs to be said right now that I feel that the general entertainment medium needs to be acceptable to general audiences. Although I feel there should be unrestrictive outlets (satellite radio, HBO, etc), no kid should be able to turn on his TV when his parents aren't around and find a pornographic film.

    But still, this is too far. The fines are enough to keep stations from wanting to do this. Really, "bad words" (and I use the term loosely) don't make you a bad person, much less a criminal.
     
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    I want to say "Fucking pussies!" but I don't want to go to jail.

    It galls me that elected officials are wasting our (the taxpayer's) time and money on stuff like this when there are homeless, jobless people without adequate healthcare; we are dependent on, and sacrificing our environment for fossil fuels; and while we have boys and girls sacrificing their lives and psyches for other people's freedom.

    The market place will decide what is suitable for TV, radio, etc. It's a crazy world when seven million people watch a TV show and it isn't enough people to keep it on the air, but if a few dozen (give or take) people complain about something, the government has to get involved.
     
  9. TravisR

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    Last night, The Shield (as always) had a warning that said that the program was intended for people 17 and older. Wait, it's not for kids? So only adults should watch it. What a crazy idea[​IMG]

    EDITED TO STICK WITH FORUM RULES
     
  10. Michael Reuben

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    Reminder: HTF has a "no politics" rule. We'd like to let this topic continue, but generalized ranting about "elected officials" and "the majoriy of people in Congress" will force us to close it.

    M.
     
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    This only happens when some guy at the station throws the wrong switch and accidentally broadcasts the porn he's watching over the air/wire. That's far past the level of "indecency" these moralists are worried about.

    TVs have an inherent, low-level risk, and in the last dozen years, built-in safety features. Like anything else, if you can't operate it safely, keep it out of your house, especially if you have kids.
     
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    Michael, I chopped my previous post to better stick with forum rules (espeicially since it's a darn good one). Sorry, I got all worked up[​IMG]
     
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    If the Congressman got his way (which I suspect he will not; he's just trying to shore up support from his most conservative constituency) and a prosecution went ahead and filed charges against Howard Stern or someone like him, there are decades, if not hundreds of years, worth of precedents for declaring such a law unconstitutional. Unless of course, the current conservative elements in Congress (and I mean from both parties) succeed in "punishing" the courts.

    This is scary stuff though and parallells to the red scare 50 years ago are not unwarranted.
     

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