Tuesday, April 05, 2005

House Republican to FCC: Drop Dead

Now that the right-wing Harry Potter heads the FCC, ready and willing to do the Parents Television Council's bidding, the workings of a nascent nanny state seem to be in place. Apparently this is not enough for one House Republican.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner III (R-Wis.) told the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. that "criminal prosecution would be a more efficient way to enforce the indecency regulations." He is quoted as saying, "I'd prefer using the criminal process rather than the regulatory process."

So, let me get this straight: we need to circumvent the regulatory process in order to enforce the regulations? Makes sense. Censorship alone is not enough; let's throw the bastards in jail!

I didn't think it could be done, but Sensenbrenner has actually come up with something that makes the PTC look positively benign in comparison. Look for the PTC to join forces with Sensenbrenner in the near future. If they can't get the censorship—oops, I mean justice—they want from the FCC, then to hell with them! Democracy in action.

Update: PTC president L. Brent Bozell III has issued a statement disagreeing with Sensenbrenner's plan. "We at the Parents Television Council," Bozell writes, "believe that the existing broadcast decency law is sufficient to address the issue, so long as the law is consistently enforced." Vaguely encouraging.
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