Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Brent Bozell Sets Conditions Under Which He'll Allow America To Remain Semi-Free

Terrorist Brent Bozell, president of the Parents Television Council, says unless his financial demands are met, he will bring the cable television industry and the United States Government to a standstill.

I mean, let's just say that. That's what it is. So let's not be coy.

According to Broadcasting & Cable:

He is proposing to Congress that cable can remain free of FCC regulation if the following demands are met:

1. That they "quickly" pass legislation to raise per-incident fines from $32,500 to $500,000.

2. That they require cable companies to provide channels a la carte

Okay, first things first:

I was not aware that it was up to Brent fucking Bozell to propose to Congress what the FCC does and does not regulate, or to set fucking conditions. I will be sure to not vote for him the next time his name does not come up in the next non-election in the organization he leads that I'm not a member of.

Second of all, if the FCC tries to regulate cable, I think we should all head down there with pitchforks, because it's a completely voluntary, opt-in system, even in its present, bundled state.

Third of all, I hate the cable companies as much as the next guy, but they say no one is going to buy certain channels if they're not bundled, so they can't unbundle them. I can tell you this: If Bozell gets his way, how many Americans do you know who will pay for CSPAN and CSPAN2? So they'll pretty much go away. And won't Bozell and his buddies like that just fine?

Fourth of all, the FCC is a disaster. If they get ONE letter or email, that is all it takes to start the Indiana Jones boulder rolling.

There was a sharp uptick in FCC complaints after the Janet Jackson "incident." Then complaints steadily declined until the middle of this year.

Now, I want you to read the next set of statistics carefully, because they're fascinating. They also come from B&C, earlier in the year:

After a steep drop in indecency complaints at the FCC in second quarter 2005 -- following several quarters of large declines -- the number bounced back in the third quarter.

"For the three months ended Sept. 30, indecency/obscenity complaints quadrupled to 26,185 from 6,161 logged during the previous three months. Almost all of that spike came in July (23,547), with only 1,716 complaints in August and 922 in September.

"According to PTC's Web site, the group filed a total of 23,542 complaints in July (10,775 against Fox and 12,767 against ABC). That would account for all but five of the FCC complaints for the month.

"Let's repeat that. Out of 23,547 complaints in July, PTC claims 23,542."

Wow.

So yeah, by all means, let's do whatever Brent says. He's created a movement. Or at least the appearance of one. At the very least he's got a Xerox machine, a website and 20,000 nuts. No question he should tell millions of us what to watch.

What fucking year is this?! What fucking country is this?!


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