: It’s a dark day for the First Amendment. The House is expected to pass its indecent indecency bill raising the fine for any of us — any of us — who violate the very unclear rules of the FCC to $500,000.
The chickens in Congress — birds of both parties — will pass it because they’re afraid of voting for smut but not afraid of voting against the Constitution. The chickens in the broadcast industry have done nothing to fight this (if they had any guts, they’d go silent for some period of time in protest, as Howard Stern suggests); the unions are squacking at last.
Meanwhile, the allegedly religious right is pushing for more: They want the Justice Department to go after cable.