The Daily Stern
: GEORGE CARLIN REACTS: George Carlin, victim of seven-dirty-words crusades, reacts to the current FCC/Stern/Jackson/indecency-law hysteria:
So what does the 66-year-old Carlin think of the current handwringing over what is indecent, profane, obscene, immoral, lewd or insulting?
“More of the same, more of the same. What are we, surprised?” Carlin told The Associated Press on Friday.
He blamed it on religious moralism, media commercialism and election-year politics.
“The whole problem with this idea of obscenity and indecency, and all of these things – bad language and whatever – it’s all caused by one basic thing, and that is: religious superstition. … There’s an idea that the human body is somehow evil and bad and there are parts of it that are especially evil and bad, and we should be ashamed. Fear, guilt and shame are built into the attitude toward sex and the body. … It’s reflected in these prohibitions and these taboos that we have.”
[Thanks for the link, KMK]
: ANOTHER FINE: The FCC fined Clear Channel and Elliot in the morning for $247,500 because a fan made a feline reference in relation to porn star Ron Jeremy.
: MEET YOUR CENSOR: Michael Copps, a truly frightening FCC commissioner, wasn’t satisfied with the fines against Clear Channel (that plus the Bubba fines add up to over $1 million lately). His statement:
In this case, three Clear Channel stations aired graphic and explicit sexual content on nine different occasions — including the use of sexual material in promotional rebroadcasts. Clear Channel has been the subject of repeated indecency actions at the FCC, and this show in particular has been the subject of previous complaints. Yet, notwithstanding the repeated nature of Clear Channel