Multichannel News recently ran an editorial by author Frederick Lane declaring, "The time has come to strip the Federal Communications Commission of its jurisdiction over broadcast indecency." He said the FCC should butt out since it's been outdated by technology. Restrictions on broadcasters, he says, aren't consistent with "vibrant democracy," in which parents who don't like the state of broadcast TV should just buy DVDs for their children and shut up.
Lane was also interviewed at length in Broadcasting & Cable magazine with softball questions, such as, "Is it dangerous for the government to try to regulate morality?" Lane spun imaginative visions of an ultra-powerful Brent Bozell (that's me, folks) calling Karl Rove at the White House on matters at the FCC, ordering him around like he was a stable boy. That cozy interview was conducted by the magazine's reporter John Eggerton, whose blog routinely channels a pro-porn, pro-cursing, pro-anything-goes viewpoint.
Eggerton recently offered his cheers for NBC's "Studio 60" attacking the FCC in a preposterous plot about a crackdown on cursing that aired on the news in a war zone. "'Studio 60' is pretty darn preachy, which is no surprise for an Aaron Sorkin production, but fortunately for me it's my favorite sermon." He said he wanted Sorkin to write all his snappy comebacks at conservatives. But wasn't the show a preposterous cartoon of the evil FCC vs. heroic broadcasters? Eggerton wrote Sorkin was putting on "a Christmas show, so he can be forgiven for a little Christmas dreaming." When these magazines write about indecency issues, the public should view these outlets skeptically, as pro-industry mouthpieces. Need we remind the titans of Tinseltown and their advertising and journalistic toadies in Manhattan and elsewhere that the airwaves belong to the people? They are not the sole province of champagne-sipping sybarites who have no greater cause in American life than the precious right to choke fat obscenities down the gaping mouths of grade-school children. L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2006 CREATORS SYNDICATE INC.