Wednesday, January 11, 2012

And You Thought TV Was Bad Now

If you thought network TV was pushing the envelope now, hang on to your remotes! This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case that could send parents lunging for the channel changer. Ten years after "Law & Order" showed a nude woman on its show, broadcasters are still fighting to turn programming into a 24-hour uncensored free-for-all. Under their interpretation of "free speech," networks have the right to use as much nudity and profanity as they see fit. And if the court agrees, families will be an on/off switch away from X-rated primetime. Imagine a world, argued President Bush's former Solicitor General, where even Big Bird could use the f-word!

Right now, the only thing standing in the way of parents and TV's brave new programming is the Obama administration. Since the Federal Communications Commission falls under the Executive Branch, it's up to the President's team to defend the FCC's powers. (Ironically, the administration will be defending powers that it hasn't exactly exercised. Under President Obama's FCC chief, 1.4 million complaints are still pending.)...

If the outcome is a green light for red light programming, you can bet that more parents will swear off television!

(Family Research Council Family Update)