Your government censors at work

Your government censors at work

: The FCC rules that the Desperate Housewives promo was not indecent and illegal.

Well, duh.

But it took all kinds of lawyers and tax dollars to conclude:

We conclude that the material in question is not patently offensive, and thus, not indecent. In particular, the

  • Franky

    God, imagine these poor souls who have to look at an ass and think “hmmm, that’s another exretory organ”.

  • Mumblix Grumph

    Jeff…complaints were received and an investigation was launched.
    That is part of the FCC’s job.
    Agree with the reasons or not. That’s the process.
    Please notice, however, no one went to jail or was thrown into the stocks in the public square for indecency.
    All in all, the system works.

  • The system worked in this case, but that doesn’t mean it’s perfect. It’s failed us over the last 14 months with the nonsensical witch-hunt and enforcement of a vague, mostly non-existent guide. Is the f-word ALWAYS obscene or is it ok in Saving Private Ryan? That’s the major problem with the FCC.
    Also, Commissioner Copps, as is his pattern, says that it wasn’t indecent, but we should all be ashamed of ourselves. He couldn’t let the facts get in the way of his preaching:
    Although the Commission finds that this broadcast does not violate 18 U.S.C.

  • Jeff – Note that it approves when “no sexual activities are explicitly depicted or described.” This would seem to go against earlier assertions regarding sex being “suggested” or “implied.” I can’t find the case that revolved around one or both of those terms, but I remember you discussing them. Perhaps it was this, and therefore my point is somewhat irrelevant.
    Either way, it’s important language.

  • Jeff,
    I know this is unrelated to the topic of your post, but since press coverage of the protests in Lebanon is so scant, I feel like I need to promote what happened as much as possible.
    I’d really appreciate it if you (and others reading this ‘comment’) could click on the link below to visit an archive of pictures taken during the demo. It’ll be fun; I promise!

  • Maybe to their dismay they didn’t get to nail anybody this time who knows.

  • Did they note that the promo was merely lame and boring?

  • I’m glad all the terrorists are dead so we can spend government money inspecting Nicolette Sheridan’s boobs.

  • Don’t forget the 12 athletes who’ve used steroids in the last dozen years. Such pressing issues are all around us for the government to investigate.

  • I am not sure what business it is of the government to determine what is sexually suggestive or titillating or not. But the more important question is – are they hiring?

  • richard mcenroe

    Word is, once Congress gets done investigating the steroids in baseball, they’re going to hold hearings on whether Brandi Chastain had a boob job…
    What I like is the time lag involved. With that kind of delay, we could keep a genuine goat screw on the air all summer before the FCC catches up with it. But enough about the Cubs…

  • EverKarl

    I’m glad that Oliver could take time from his busy schedule of quoting the New York Times:
    “In the weeks after Baghdad fell in April 2003, looters systematically dismantled and removed tons of machinery from Saddam Hussein’s most important weapons installations, including some with high-precision equipment capable of making parts for nuclear arms, a senior Iraqi official said this week in the government’s first extensive comments on the looting.
    Of course, Ollie makes no attempt to reconcile the seriousness of this story with his repeated assertions here that people who supported the war on the basis of WMDs were wrong.
    Personally, I think he’s mad at Jeff for being right about the war helping to bring democracy to the Middle East. And Bush for doing it.

  • Having tangential equipment that could be dangerous is a world away from WMDs able to blow up London in 45 minutes, but when speaking to you righties I’ve learned… to.. speak… slowly.

  • richard mcenroe

    Oliver, I might buy that, but my experience in discussing this with lefties has been that the same people who dismiss dual-use tech Saddam bought from Europe point to dual-use tech he bought from the US in the 80’s as proof he got his chemical weapons from us.

  • Enjoyed the post – race and gender are not issues to the blog community. We welcome everyone, even mainstream media types who have spent their lives doing what they are told and pleasing their editors.

  • what are you talking about?