Prudes on parade

Prudes on parade

: Thirty-three members of Congress sent a letter to President Bush begging him to hire a real prude as the nextr chairman of the FCC. Daily Variety has the letter (it’s behind a wall) but Brian Linse has excerpts from the story:

The letter arrived at the White House after Bush told a C-SPAN interviewer last week that parents should play the primary role in protecting children from indecent material. “While we acknowledge the importance of parental controls over children’s viewing habits,” the letter said, “Hollywood and certain media companies work to ensure that children are exposed to it whether they or their parents like it or not.” …

“The next FCC chairman will oversee an important time in our nation’s history, and they must be ready to aggressively enforce the laws that Congress has passed. We encourage you to nominate an individual of boldness, strength, and vision who will continue the work already begun. We must not let immorality become normalized nor federal laws ignored.”

The letter originated as a collaborative effort between Reps. Joe Pitts (Pa.) and Charles Pickering (Miss.). Among others signing it were Dave Weldon (Fla.), Steve King (Iowa) and Jim Ryun (Kan.). No Democrats signed it.

Get this: “We must not let immorality become normalized.” That’s not your job, boys. Run the government. Our morality is our business. I feel like sending them all a framed copy of the First Amendment.

But I’m glad to see them nervous, for Bush is more reasonable than they are; he knows that parenting is a parent’s job. Sure, he’ll sign the indecent indecency legislation rushing through Congress. But by this, I hope he’s not ready to name Pat Robertson to the FCC.

This is what Bush said on C-Span:

As a free speech advocate, I often told parents who were complaining about content, you’re the first line of responsibility; they put an off button on the TV for a reason. Turn it off.

Listen to your leader, boys.

When I sent them the First Amendment, I’ll enclose a universal remote control.

: And this is the legislation these self-appointed national nannies are about to pass:

The maximum fines now run $32,500 per incident but would jump to $500,000. The fine for a performer would jump from $11,000 to $500,000, and the Federal Communications Commission regulation that requires an individual to first receive a warning would be repealed.

  • mr lawson

    Hell, Jeff sounds like a great Idea! Do it!

  • Ray J

    Last nights ABC World News tonight’s story
    “Cable Companies Provide Porn While Funding Politicians”
    put Bush highest on the list of politicians accepting $109,000.

  • Josh

    Send them this: . It’s a keychain that turns off any TV.

  • Evan

    Prudes want to impose their morals on everyone else. Pigs want to eliminate all indecency standards.
    A pox on both of your houses.

  • sbw

    Who are the 33?

  • Roger

    Someone is going to set some kind of standards, whether it’s Hollywood selling ever-decreasing decency standards or government trying to set some sort of (hopefully) higher standard. I’m really tired of the ‘use the remote’ argument. It’s not practical for parents to monitor every second of their children’s TV watching. And citizens do have a right to form the kind of society they want, even if it includes restricting some of the sleaze like Stern. It seems, under Jarvis’ logic, the only solution is to let those with no standards set the standards; otherwise, you’re a prig and/or prude.

  • Hunter McDaniel

    The problem with the “use the remote” argument is that the trash may show up anywhere without warning – even, say, in the middle of a universal event like the Super Bowl.
    At the same time, I have deep misgivings about any kind of government regulation. “We own the airwaves” is some kind of justification, but less and less relevant over time as the big 4 networks lose market share. And if you think cable should be subject to decency standards, why not bookstores?
    The real problem, IMHO, is a licentious oligopoly which dominates the industries of creating and distributing mass-market content. The real solution, and one I believe Jeff would endorse, is help facilitate “exploding TV”.

  • tb

    Well I have no interest in living my life so I don’t offend someones 5 year old. Neither do i care to live my life to appeal to some ‘conscience from god’ handwringer. Grow up, there is no way to protect people from themselves. Most children I know are better at sorting the trash than they are given credit for, and most parents are better at parenting than the handwringers give them credit for. If you want guarantees I suppose you might homeschool from a boat in the ocean somewhere.

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