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The Daily Stern

: CENSORS NEVER SLEEP: An FCC commissioner says they’re still hard at work bleeping America:

Despite a cooling of interest in the subject among mainstream media, FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein tells R&R his agency is still hard at work with the increased indecency enforcement efforts it launched earlier this year. “It got a lot of attention in the wake of the Super Bowl incident, but there’s a lot of discussion still currently going on, and we have a number of items in the pipeline that we’re looking at,” he said this morning. “Maybe you’re not seeing as much out in the public because the fear has passed and the media has moved on to something else, but here at the FCC we are continuing to press forward on a vast pile of complaints.” But Adelstein insists the renewed interest in indecency enforcement hasn’t distracted the FCC from other issues on its agenda. “We have many responsibilities, and while it’s one that I don’t think we were doing a very good job on until recently, I’m glad that we’ve increased our enforcement efforts,” he said. “We are taking the rules very seriously, and I think it’s having a very good effect. It’s what the public wanted us to do, and it’s what Congress requires us to do under the statute.”

Did you consider, fool, that it’s not just the media that has moved on but the people? Janet Jackson’s boop is old news and you’re still attacking the First Amendment because of it. [via I Want Media]

  • Andy Freeman

    Jarvis argues that the FCC is a problem because it might move from censoring boobies to censoring political speech by media types.
    Jarvis continues to ignore the FEC, an agency that does censor political speech.
    Is it the boobies or the speaker’s class that motivates Jarvis? We know that it isn’t a threat to political speech….

  • shark@ao.com

    Not 100% sure the people have really moved on Jeff. After all, the FCC still gets complaints…

  • Angelos

    By professional complainers, egged on by far-right wingnut groups that make it easy to e-mail Powell and friends. Hell, they even provide pre-written letters, since most of the complainers have no concept of spelling or grammar.
    Think about it, if you don’t like Stern, WHY ARE YOU LISTENING? Just so you can have something to complain about? Turn the dial, and leavs Stern’s 15 million listeners alone. Watch PAX or something, I don’t know.
    I agree booby-gate was scandalous in the sense that people should know what they’re getting. So yes, at 8pm (or so), on network television, on a show that a huge number of people are watching, there should be no booby. Absolutely not. As libertarian as I am, and as much as I like boobies, there should be no surprises like that.
    But the FCC is going overboard to appease a few fringe groups.
    The answer is so simple, but simple solutions are anathema to government (Motto: why spend a million when you can spend a billion?).
    EVERY show, radio, or TV, should have easily find-able ratings (published on the broadcaster’s web site and maybe a central FCC page), and occasional 5-second blurbs after commercial breaks, to let people know what they’re getting into.
    That, in conjunction with existing time-slot rules for primetime TV, should be fine. Yes, live shows (mostly award shows) would have delays, but who cares. Does that really affect your enjoyment?
    If you don’t want to hear the word asshole, don’t watch NYPD Blue. Just don’t try to stop me. If you don’t want to hear all of Stern’s sexual nonsense, listen to something else.
    We must get away fromthis nanny-state. It’s bad enough the government wants control over every part of our lives, but now whiny wingnuts want it too?

  • Angelos

    By professional complainers, egged on by far-right wingnut groups that make it easy to e-mail Powell and friends. Hell, they even provide pre-written letters, since most of the complainers have no concept of spelling or grammar.
    Think about it, if you don’t like Stern, WHY ARE YOU LISTENING? Just so you can have something to complain about? Turn the dial, and leavs Stern’s 15 million listeners alone. Watch PAX or something, I don’t know.
    I agree booby-gate was scandalous in the sense that people should know what they’re getting. So yes, at 8pm (or so), on network television, on a show that a huge number of people are watching, there should be no booby. Absolutely not. As libertarian as I am, and as much as I like boobies, there should be no surprises like that.
    But the FCC is going overboard to appease a few fringe groups.
    The answer is so simple, but simple solutions are anathema to government (Motto: why spend a million when you can spend a billion?).
    EVERY show, radio, or TV, should have easily find-able ratings (published on the broadcaster’s web site and maybe a central FCC page), and occasional 5-second blurbs after commercial breaks, to let people know what they’re getting into.
    That, in conjunction with existing time-slot rules for primetime TV, should be fine. Yes, live shows (mostly award shows) would have delays, but who cares. Does that really affect your enjoyment?
    If you don’t want to hear the word asshole, don’t watch NYPD Blue. Just don’t try to stop me. If you don’t want to hear all of Stern’s sexual nonsense, listen to something else.
    We must get away from this nanny-state. It’s bad enough the government wants control over every part of our lives, but now whiny wingnuts want it too?

  • http://www.savehoward.org Hsternak

    I want to see the FCC fine Oprah! Otherwise it is an institution that needs to be disolved! Hopefully there will be a big shake up there when Kerry is elected in November.
    >Think about it, if you don’t like Stern, WHY ARE YOU LISTENING?
    In the movie Private Parts they talked about this! Survey said: Howard Stern haters listen twice to three times as long as fans! Most comman answer, they want to see what he’ll say next! AHAHAHA!!!