Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Republicans: Getting the Government Off Our Backs Yet Again

Yet once again the party who says that they're all about getting the government off our backs is putting the wheels in motion for a major push to tell us what we can and can't watch on TV and listen to on the radio. Ever since Janet Jackson flashed a tit on the superbowl, the FCC has been on the warpath, but now it's getting even scarier. FCC Chair Kevin Martin is up to some serious no-good.
"Though Martin lost the battle over horse extraction, he is now poised to win the broader indecency war. During the long hot summer in Washington, he has been quietly meeting with religious activists and industry leaders to organize a push for new standards for broadcast, cable and satellite television. At the same time, Martin's allies in the Senate have been considering new laws that could increase broadcast indecency fines, break up cable TV offerings to allow parents to cut off racy channels, and -- most controversially -- give the FCC the power to fine basic cable programs, like MTV's 'Real World' and Comedy Central's 'Daily Show,' for crude and lewd content."

So despite the fact that as free Americans we vote on what we find acceptable or offensive with our remote controls, this fucking tool is looking to let a minority of fundamentalist wingnuts tell us what we can and cannot watch.
"In the meantime, Martin, a former White House aide to President Bush, has been meeting privately with evangelical activists to assure them of his commitment to change the television landscape. The government does not regulate shows distributed over cable or satellite television for indecency. Similarly, there are no indecency limits on the content of satellite radio, where shock-jock Howard Stern sought refuge and will begin broadcasting next year. But in one session this summer, Martin told activists that he is privately reaching out to industry leaders to address racy content on basic cable and satellite television, says Rick Schatz, the president of the National Coalition for the Protection of Children and Families, a Christian ministry. 'He said the free rein of cable and satellite and satellite radio is not acceptable,' says Schatz, who sat in on the meeting. 'He's committed to seeing something is done during his tenure.'"

So despite the fact that the FCC was created to police public airwaves, they are now looking to regulate content that we have to purchase over private cables or satelite feeds. This is coming from the party who can't de-regulate business fast enough when it comes to screwing over the consumer and the worker as long as it helps the bottom line. Yet once that vocal minority of religious wingnuts starts telling them what to do, they abandon their own principles of free market capitalism in favor of helping the American Taliban impose their theocratic guidlines on the rest of us.


Blogger Chandira said...

I was just channel surfing last night, and hit about 5 channels in a row where people were standing up for freedom of speech, and questioning the current status quo and media sell-out, it was awesome, and very encouraging... Almost enough to make up for the 5 evangelical tv stations I hit shortly afterwards.. ;-)

8/30/2005 09:17:00 AM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

Wow, what channels were you watching?

8/30/2005 02:13:00 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

How on earth does the government have the authority to regulate private cable television and radio?

Of course, I did see a scary man asking the government to murder a foriegn president last week,,,

8/30/2005 09:02:00 PM  
Blogger Liberal Traitor said...

They don't have the authority yet. But it would appear that they're gearing up for a power grab. Expect it to be a rider on a defense bill or something to try to slip it past the public radar.

8/31/2005 06:22:00 AM  
Blogger Chandira said...

LT, I think it was just regular old CNN, etc, believe it or not! Whatever comes up first on mour local airwaves. It was great... Made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

8/31/2005 08:55:00 AM  

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