CBS is the same network that several months ago tried to air a malicious, full-of-false-dialogue caricature of former President Ronald Reagan and former first lady Nancy Reagan. Fortunately, CBS retreated after tens of thousands of angry e-mails. CBS's track record reveals not merely "Bias," as documented in Bernard Goldberg's book; CBS is determined to move America politically to the left and culturally to the sexually deviant.
We expect the Federal Communications Commission to enforce the decency laws passed by Congress. CBS-TV and MTV should be severely fined and punished, including denying CBS the opportunity to broadcast future Super Bowls.
We want to hear something more substantive from President Bush than a White House spokesman telling us that Bush didn't see the offensive performance because he had dozed off. After all, the president's obligation is to see that the laws are faithfully executed, and he should see that the FCC does its duty in aggressively enforcing TV decency laws.
The radical Muslims who criticize our culture as degraded and demoralizing have new proof for their charges. Who is going to answer them?
Fortunately, FCC Chairman Michael Powell said, "I am outraged at what I saw during the halftime show of the Super Bowl. Like millions of Americans, my family and I gathered around the television for a celebration. Instead, that celebration was tainted by a classless, crass and deplorable stunt. Our nation's children, parents and citizens deserve better."
Powell ordered the commission to open an investigation, promising it would be "thorough and swift." Such an investigation could result in a fine of up to $27,500 or, if the FCC applies the sanction to each CBS station, in the millions.
In recent years, the FCC has been lax in enforcing decency laws, so we hope Powell will act on his outrage this time. The Super Bowl is supposed to be the pre-eminent family entertainment night of the year. It is completely unacceptable for American families to be assaulted by obscenity in the middle of a football game.
If the FCC is to retain credibility, it must take action against CBS for this unprecedented, carefully scripted, pre-announced shocker during the most-watched television show of the year.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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