The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, April 09, 2004
FCC go after Stern - and next, it's soap operas?
This time, the bucks are big  - relatively speaking - and Stern's ejection from Clear Channel has been made permanent.
No surprise there.
But when I talked about the broadcasters' pow-wow on indecency (April 2), I somehow missed Commissioner Michael Cotts - the Rhett or Yancey of broadcasting regulation - had completely flipped.
A piece (April 2) in the Washington Times - no stranger to looney tunes itself, of course - says
...Copps...told reporters Wednesday that the FCC should review whether soap operas violate the agency's indecency prohibitions, according to Television Week, an industry trade publication.
an aide said...[t]he commissioner's remarks do not necessarily mean he will seek an investigation into soap operas or daytime television in general...
'Sonny Boy' Powell apparently gave a big no comment on Copps' statement.
Could it be that this Copps is in fact a libertarian ringer, a mole whose mission is to discredit the entire system of FCC censorship?
How many states could frightened, angry soap opera watchers swing for Kerry?
Er...just hold on one cotton picking minute here: Kerry? Wasn't it his people, led by the Wicked Witch of the West, Nancy Pelosi, who gave HR 3717 that great send-off from the House (my piece of March 12)?
And the Senate equivalent bill, S 2506 , was reported out of the Senate Commerce Committee by 23-0!
That I've noticed, smut is not a partisan issue: Comstocks in all parts of the Capitol!
Will Kerry come out against FCC censorship? Is the Pope Hindu? (But if the FCC steps up and issues a NAL against The Guiding Light, all bets are off!)
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