Amendment 1.1

Amendment 1.1

: 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.

  • http://truebluecubs.blogspot.com/ gavin

    Fuck ‘em.

  • von

    Great, now next years Grammy Awards will be even more boring.

  • http://blogs.rny.com/sbw/ sbw

    I look to Vice President Dick Cheney and Senator Pat Leahy to give us the first test case.

  • http://www.akkamsrazor.com rzklkng

    My absolute favorite congressional legislative resource…
    GovTrack on Broadcast Decency Act

  • http://www.akkamsrazor.com rzklkng

    Here’s how much the TV/Movie/Music industry gave to members of the Senate and the House. We’ll see how they vote.

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    GovTrack is great! Thanks.

  • Charlie (Colorado)

    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.
    Which, in 25 words or less, is pretty much why we’ve got a Bill of Rights and a Supreme Court.

  • http://www.gregpiper.com Greg

    I don’t like the legislation but I’m getting tired of this cliche trotted out occasionally by right, left and their libertarian variants that these laws are attacks on the Constitution. Is it really an attack on the Constitution or a fundamental disagreement over what “speech” really means (porn wasn’t always considered “speech” either)? Bad legislation, probably, but indecency has long been regulated with no constitutional qualms.

  • Geof

    “Any of us?” Do you mean “any of us who are on TV,” “any of us anywhere” or “any of us who strip during the Super Bowl’s halftime?”
    I don’t agree with the legislation, but “any of us” sounds like scaremongering to me.