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The Right to Decency

Blair31 Wrote: Jul 17, 2012 3:36 PM
After Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," the FCC overreacted. The networks were still in repeat mode. ABC was fined for showing a woman naked from behind, NBC was supposed to rerun an episode about breast cancer, in which an old woman's breast was bared, and stopped for fear of being fined. In November, ABC was supposed to air Saving Private Ryan on Veteran's Day. I was all set to watch it but ABC ran the Tom Cruise-Nicole Kidman movie, Far and Away, instead.

*Note - Morgan Bennett is a co-author.

The U. S. Supreme Court decision on broadcast indecency in FCC v. Fox Television, Inc. , (June 21, 2012) (“Fox II”), has reignited an important debate: whether TV networks have a right to distribute indecent material into our homes without our consent. The U. S. Congress prohibited such activity and the high Court upheld that prohibition decades ago. To obtain their licenses to broadcast, networks pledge to act in the “public interest,” but for years, they have abandoned that pledge to promote their own morbid interest in indecency.

After Fox, the Federal Communications...