FCC sure we're headed to Hell, ass first

FCC sure we're headed to Hell, ass first

Summary: WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) -- ABC is appealing the Federal Communications Commission's decision to fine the Walt Disney network and 45 of its stations a total of $1,237,500 for airing scenes of a woman's buttocks on a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue.

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WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) -- ABC is appealing the Federal Communications Commission's decision to fine the Walt Disney network and 45 of its stations a total of $1,237,500 for airing scenes of a woman's buttocks on a 2003 episode of "NYPD Blue."

Five years after the fact, the FCC is fining ABC for showing the backside of a woman in an encounter with her lover's young son. The visual joke, which is captured in the screen shot to the right, depended on portraying a very normal morning behavior, getting into the shower. Yet, this is what the FCC, which endorses greater and greater consolidation of media, spends fives years on.

The FCC is supposed to be managing the airwaves and cabled media in the public interest, not acting as a nanny to the television viewers of the United States.

The viewer can turn off what they don't want to watch. But if the FCC lets three or four companies own all the media in the country, we won't have a choice in the future. After all the progress of the past 60 years, it will be as though the major networks that gave us three viewing choices in 1960 have conspired to give us 500 variations on a single right-conforming puritan viewing choice in 2008.

Topics: Government US, Government

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  • Ahem...

    Yet another piece of idiotic political journalism. Where's the tech news? If you wanna be a political blogger, go elsewhere!!

    And by the way, public decency *is* the job of the government to uphold.
    Techboy_z
    • Except, when can the government do THAT?

      Guilty of a wrongdoing in the past is one thing; what is the litmus test to show candidates have grown up and moved on?

      And it's all too easy to forget that aspect these days; what with it being more fun to be cynical and all... and that mindset can be fought too.
      HypnoToad72
    • way to miss the point. [n/m]

      .
      lostarchitect
    • A perfect example of his point...

      [i]If you wanna be a political blogger, go elsewhere!![/i]

      You see, this is Mitch's blogspace. If YOU don't like what he writes, YOU can go elsewhere. YOU have many choices all over the internet. Mitch's point is that commercial TV is delivering less and less choice.

      Again, if YOU don't like what you're reading, don't let the proverbial door hit you in the [oh yeah, by the way Mitch, we may need to bring up the point that you can't type the real spelling of a$$ on this site] ARSE!
      MGP2
    • Blah, blah, blah...

      Public decency is upheld by the ratings system. All televisions come equipped with the ability to block certain content/ratings from being viewed. The gov't doesn't need to be a nanny - they've already given you the tools so.

      When will people such as you realize that technology doesn't exist in a vacuum - politics affects everything.
      theillmunkeys
    • Uphold something

      Be sure to slip in your opinion when complaining about an opinionated piece.
      SteveTheWirePuller
  • People can turn off what they don't want to watch

    At what point can't people turn to anything else because it's all the same?

    Thank heavens for DVDs and books...
    HypnoToad72
  • Monitoring content IS in the public interest

    If you want to watch that kind of garbage go to the local
    video rental store in the red light district. Don't insist it
    comes to my home for your convenience.
    frgough
    • Try reading the Constitution, not Coulter

      I don't want to live in a social conservative Taliban state and, I bet, you don't really
      want to, either. If you read my article carefully, you'd also see that ABC is getting
      increasing access to your home through consolidation, which means you don't get to
      choose at all. The FCC is not doing its core job, of ensuring choice, while using non-
      issues like "decency" to keep itself relevant-sounding.
      Mitch Ratcliffe
    • Uh..

      Since when is a woman's butt indecent? Or a man's butt for that matter. I see worse on billboards on the interstate. Yeesh.
      SniperCT
    • Uh, no.

      All content is rated and can be controlled through a setting on the television. Should there be some content you don't want to see, block it. Take responsibility for your own television - don't let the gov't be your nanny.
      theillmunkeys
  • RE: FCC sure we're headed to Hell, ass first

    Which might explain why we're all out there watching
    Seesmic, Qik, UStreamTV, Mogulus, YouTube and a 100
    other as yet to be created aggregators of citizen
    generated content. There's no way the FCC is going to be
    able to control that stuff. If they try, we'll all offshore
    ourselves - if we're not already doing so.
    dahowlett@...
  • Sorry you can't see the connection

    Technology is political. It sets limits and divides people as much as it brings them
    together and sets them free. If you can't see that, I suggest you take off the
    blinders.

    As for policing decency, it is a matter of personal opinion what is decent, and we
    live in a country that recognizes that different perspectives can co-exist. In Barnes
    v. Glen Theatre, a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court case, Justice Seuter concluded that Nudity itself is not inherently expressive conduct." In the case of NYPD Blue, there
    was a storyline that set the nudity in context, putting it outside the limits of what
    the Court said is indecent in this recent ruling on the issue. You may think you
    know indecency when you see it, but this is a free country where choice, instead of
    censorship, makes the final decision about what is appropriate.

    The FCC's main job is to limit monopoly in U.S. media, a job it fails at every single
    day. It's absurd that it should be fining ABC for this, when it should be limiting
    how many stations ABC can own in any market, so that choice is preserved.
    Mitch Ratcliffe