FCC May Loosen Broadcast Rules For Nudity And Language


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), tasked by Congress with the job of policing Federal laws governing obscenity, indecency and profanity on broadcast television and radio, is considering enforcement changes that would allow brief nudity and some isolated use of verbal expletives during prime-time hours, relaxing restrictions that have long been penalized by severe fines.

The proliferation of media outlets, coupled with an attendant increase in the variety of themes that enter the cultural mainstream as broadcasters vie for Americans’ eye and ears, has led to a massive backlog in complaints, which the FCC hasn’t been able to address as quickly as they’ve been pouring in.

Retiring FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has posited a shift in the commission’s focus: one that would let slide commonplace or “fleeting” curse words, as well as brief nudity that’s not part of a sexual situation. Late last year, he ordered the commission’s enforcement arm to tackle the backlog by focusing only on “egregious” instances of indecency or profanity.

Since that time, the commission has whittled its caseload down by 70 percent, or more than 1 million pending complaints.

For now, the idea hasn’t been implemented. But the effectiveness of relaxing the rules a bit on the enforcement side has prompted the FCC to “seek comment on whether the full Commission should make changes to its current broadcast indecency policies or maintain them as they are,” according to its April 1 announcement.

The FCC is soliciting public comments on the topic through the commission’s Electronic Filing System; the comments of your fellow Americans are also available for viewing at the same address. Commenters can also mail their remarks before the closing date at the end of April.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Mister007

    George Carlin would be happy, so here come the seven words live intio your living room…

  • Dave

    Do you mean parents would have to do their jobs? Oh the horror!

  • afanaglenn

    The democrats keep defining deviancy down. Anything to destroy the Christian heritage of America.

    • TheSilverRanger

      It’s one thing to keep and preserve the Christian heritage of America. It’s another thing to shield your child from the ills of the world. If you want your child to grow to become a successful adult, he/she must learn to accept the bad with the good.

      • Jana

        Not everyone wants their children to have garbage mouths. Some of the smartest and wisest of people do not use foul language nor look at porn.

        • http://batman-news.com samurai

          Well said Jana. Some people just don’t understand and just go with the flow. Such people are lost and need to get back to God and Jesus. Here is something that the media refuses to cover. Why? Maybe some mental issues?
          SSDD from the 5th column. What wastes of time. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
          You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
          “The true Christian is the true citizen.”
          Theodore Roosevelt

          • Jana

            Yes Samurai, as it says in Amos:

            Amos 8:11

            11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord Jehovah, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Jehovah.

            It seems we are in those times now. People don’t want to be bothered with the Truth, and they don’t want to actually stand for anything. They want to be “Politically Correct” which means to be reeducated to lies and deceptions. Then they want to ridicule anyone who sticks with the STANDARDS of honesty and Truth and Goodness. How sad.

            The Bible tells us this will happen and why. I applaud you for standing as it takes a lot of strength to stand (Ephesians). You remind me of my husband. My husband and I are a team just like you and Sook Young are a team.
            God Bless You, and say hi to Sook Young for me.

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            Thank you Jana. As we head towards the end of days, it gets to be harder and harder to make a stand. I agree that being “PC” is ignorant and I couldn’t agree with you more. This site has lost many Christian patriots and is filling up with people who don’t even know what patriotism, honor, service, duty to country, or our Christian founding is all about. Sometimes I am very tired after dealing with some of them on this site and I can still scoree 100 points on all 3 events of the army physical fitness test. I try to read Psalm 35, the one read in the Continental Congress during our Revolution, and agree with what John Adams told Abigail. He said by reading that Psalm, they were convince that we would prevail over England in our Revolution. God bless you and yours. Thanks for the kind remarks about Sook Young and I and I shall tell her what you said. It is always good to read your posts. Here is something showing how the 5th column thinks about our children.
            FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
            “Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary: praise Him in the firmanent of His power. Praise Him fo His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him with the psaltry and harp. Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise Him upon the loud cymbals: praise Him upon the high-sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.”
            Psalms 150

          • Jana

            I know, and you have one especially that seems to enjoy harassing you. At first I really thought he was different but I sure was wrong. I am sorry you have to put up with that.

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            That’s OK Jana. I remember Angelwannabe telling me that people tend to attack you more when you are on to something, like the truth. I have more than just Bob antichrist (666), there are also Jeff, smilee, truesoy, or whatever name Kang wants to use (Kang is his family name). They are all just mislead by their master satan and will eventually burn for how they are living. Here is something bad that might happen in the future.
            Now this, and maybe Hitlery being president, would be 2 nightmares that we will not recover from. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
            “Those who are not ruled by God, will be ruled by tyrants.”
            William Penn

          • Jana

            Senator? Oh moan!

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            God help us! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.

        • TheSilverRanger

          I love how you insinuate that I’m just a sinful person who does nothing but look up porn and swear every other word in my speech when I throw nothing but logic and reason at this argument. You, my dear woman, do not know how to lose an argument gracefully. Here’s a word I suggest you look up on the dictionary, it’s called “ad hominem.”

          Some of the smartest and wisest of all people do not use foul language. Certainly not. Some of them do, but we know about prorpiety, and respect and how and when to use it. If we’re at a Toys R Us, or Disney World, people are not just going to swear up a storm where we know children are going to be; others do anyway, but those people would be rotten people. On another note, just because a child is exposed to swearing, doesn’t mean he’s going to start swearing himself. If you are doing your job as a parent, then you know your son/daughter is not going to swear because he/she was taught by you, his mother, otherwise, Miss Jana.
          Children are going to be exposed to adult doing various things, whether they be drinking, smoking, or even engaging in conversation. But if you’re going to be worried about bad language at every single place, be it on TV, or in the real world, then not only should you not allow your son/daughter to watch TV, but you should not allow your child to go into the outside world. If you shield your child from anything and everything, then your child will grow up to become a failure as an adult because he was not prepared to deal with the harshness and realities of the real world. And do you know the horrors of the children who grow up to become failures like that? Three words for you: Occupy Wall Street.
          Forgive me for being even more blunt, Miss Jana, but I’ll be damned if I allow people like you to raise the next generation of Occupy and encourage the complete wussification of America.

          • Jana

            Silver Ranger,

            I am sorry that you took that I was implying that you are a sinful person. I don’t know you and can’t imply anything of the kind and was not implying anything of the kind.

            In fact I thought just the opposite when you stated,”It’s one thing to keep and preserve the Christian heritage of America.”

            However after reading your last remark of———-“Forgive me for being even more blunt, Miss Jana, but I’ll be damned if I
            allow people like you to raise the next generation of Occupy and
            encourage the complete wussification of America.”———-

            Maybe when you mistook what I said was your own guilty conscience. Besides, what are you going to do about it? I already am raising the next generation and they won’t be out running around occupying anything! They are learning to be decent hard working productive citizens of this United States.

            What I was talking to Samurai about was posts to others that we had been dealing with, not you.

            I do realize that there are nasty and vile things out in this world and garbage mouths too, but my husband and I do NOT bring them home to our families by CHOICE!.

            Our daughters will have plenty of time to learn to deal with idiots who have lesser vocabularies. They do see enough of that stuff in movies and on TV (there is no way you can you escape it) as well as at school and as you so amply pointed out just walking in stores, without us talking trash talk in our homes too. They know they have viable choices and have thanked us for showing them those choices.

            I will still point out that not every successful adult is a garbage mouth. But yes, they must learn to take the good with the bad, and they have.

  • noname

    time to turn this country into a Christian country and declare it so. With English as our official language.

  • noname

    let the church hire morality police to police those that go to church. They can have all the moral laws they want. But they only apply to those who chose to be under those moral laws. Stop legislating morality!.

    • Jana

      There already is someone that does that job and He does it well. You can stand down now noname, His name is YHVH GOD.

      • Mathis

        Prove it. Oh that’s what I thought.

        • http://batman-news.com samurai

          Jana is right and you know it. The fool sayeth there is no Gpod within his own heart (Psalms 14:1 and 53:1). Oh that’s right. You are one of the fools. What proof and evidence can you provide that atheism is accurate and correct? That’s what I thought, none! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!
          You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot. This leaves you out.
          “What makes men good Christians makes them good citizens.”
          Daniel Webster

  • Steve E

    Now they can do a sitcom based on a nudist colony.

  • Curtis

    I was watching “The Usual Suspects” on cable a while back and it had been edited to remove the swear words. Instead of saying a phrase that sounds like “mother trucker” the words “fairy godmother” were over dubbed. It was ridiculous and ruined the context of the movie, never mind the infringment on the producer’s, the director’s and the writer’s rights to freedom of speech. However, bullets, guns, blood and murder filled screen. You Americans are fine with TV shows where large numbers of people get killed in grisly scenes with thousands of rounds of ammunition being fired without regard… but God forbid anyone swears or shows a breast in between the flying bullets. You have a strange set of priorities.

  • Mathis

    Guess what?!? Despite the idea that this country is solely a Christian nation most of the founders were deists and agnostics. This isn’t to say we aren’t founded with some christian values, but perhaps the most important value was freedom. This includes and is not limited to freedom of speech and expression. That being said if you don’t like what is on TV guess what!? You have the freedom to turn it off and actually do something productive. Thank God for that huh?

    • http://batman-news.com samurai

      That is not true! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot.
      “A patriot must be a religious man.”
      Thomas Jefferson

      • Mathis

        As much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news Christianity is not the sole religion. A religious man doesn’t have to be a Christian man. And Thomas Jefferson didn’t speak for all the founders. As a collective whole they were about freedom and prosperity.

        • Bob666

          Yo Mathis,
          Your are trying to reason with a guy who has arguments with the voices in his head.

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            Bob, from now on, do not reply to me unless you have something coherent to say. You sound like you are drunk on kool aid or are really a student in high school. Here is something that shows a breaking in the ranks of queer marriage. Here is a man, who is gay, and support traditional marriage over the gays pretend version of marriage.
            Looks like your ilk are starting to fall apart Bob. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot. This leaves you out CINO.
            “What students would learn in American schools above all is the religion of Jesus Christ.”
            George Washington
            Speech to the Delaware Indian Chiefs
            May 12, 1779

          • Bob666

            Yo Babbleboy,
            “Bob, from now on, do not reply to me unless you have something coherent to say”

            Obviously you vast attention to detail and factual post have help you surmise this post was directed to you when it was obviously directed to Mathis.

            Was one of war decorations for a head wound or are you so vain-you obviously thought this post was about you??????

          • http://batman-news.com samurai

            You’re so vain? Hey, I remember that song by Carly Simon, but she was singing about you. Why do you attack my medals? At least I had the nads to serve, what about you? When did you go to Vietnam? Attacking someones military record is unpatriotic and unamerican. Here is an article about our great country losing our God-given right of freedom.
            FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
            You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot. This leaves you out.
            “And whereas the greater part of said tribe have been baptized and received into the Catholic Church to which they are much attached, United States will give annually for seven years one hundred dollars towards the support of a priest of the religion, who will engage to perform for the said tribe the duties of his office, and also to instruct as many of their children as possible in the rudiments of literature, and the United States will further give the sum of three hundred dollars to assist said tribe in the erection of a church.”
            Thomas Jefferson
            Treaty with the Naniskansi (sp) Indians

          • Bob666

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        • Jana

          Christianity is NOT a religion, it is a reality.
          However, we are all free to be a Christian or any religious participant that we want. We are free to not participate in any form of religion, we may do as we see fit.
          What we should not do is put someone down for their beliefs.

        • http://batman-news.com samurai

          This is true that there are other religons in this country and that our Christian founding fathers did believe in freedom and prosperity, God-given rights. But for you to attack Jana, for her speaking about God and her beliefs, is unamerican. Here is a question for you to answer, but I doubt you can answer it. “What proof and evidence can you provide that shows atheism to be accurate and correct?” We have the Bible, God, Jesus, and our faith, but what do you have? Some science books? Science has its place, but not when it comes to a persons religious faith. Also you lie about our founders being deists and agnostics. That point has already been refuted many times on this site. Why don’t you read the book, “The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States”? It is a factual history of our country till 1877, so it should awaken you to the truth about our Christian founding fathers. In fact, just read our founding documents and see how many times they invoke the name of God and Jesus, then you may have more of an understanding to their beliefs and thinking. Here is something showing how North Carolina is using their God-given rights under the 10th Amendment.
          Now this is going by the Constitution. Bob, there is no need to answer you. Your post is nothing more than a blatant personal attack, which shows your low level of morals, ethics, and maturity. Try to sound like a MAN next time. Keep up the good fight Jana. We are turning the tide with the help of God and Jesus and they hate losing. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
          You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot. This leaves Mathis and Bob out.
          “In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior.”
          John Quincy Adams

          • Bob666


            “Now this is going by the Constitution Bob” How????

            “Bob, there is no need to answer you. Your post is nothing more than a blatant personal attack, which shows your low level of morals, ethics, and maturity”

            But then we have…..Wait for it….Wait for It……..

            “You need both love of country and faith in God to be a patriot. This leaves Mathis and Bob out”

            Christ is all inclusive CINO Sammybabble, you, by your statement above are not. A Patriot as outlined below:

            .pa·tri·ot /ˈpeɪtriət, -ˌɒt or, esp. British, ˈpætriət/ Show Spelled [pey-tree-uht, -ot or, esp. British, pa-tree-uht] Show IPA

            a person who loves, supports, and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
            a person who regards himself or herself as a defender, especially of individual rights, against presumed interference by the federal government.
            ( initial capital letter ) Military . a U.S. Army antiaircraft missile with a range of 37 miles (60 km) and a 200-pound (90 kg) warhead, launched from a tracked vehicle with radar and computer guidance and fire control.

            Nothing shown regarding your definition of patriotism.

            ” Try to sound like a MAN next time” ???

            The question for you is; does a guy with a degree mill diploma in History (an incomplete education at that) who has made so many inaccurate comments have the position to make that statement to anyone???

  • TheSilverRanger

    At the rate things are going, I welcome this. When I heard there were originally restrictions to stop swearing, nudity, or sexual situations on network TV, I was completely fine with that; it’s network TV. NOW all of a sudden the restrictions started going into cable. “Awww, can’t have the bad language there. Don’t want to offend the ears. Boo hoo.” Well now, I can say something just as equally offensive if not even worse words without even using profanity. If you don’t want to see these sorts of things that the FCC is starting to lax upon, don’t watch them. If you don’t like what the current TV networks are doing, I suggest you find a way to make a better product suitable for your needs. The entrepeneurs over in the PAX TV network did just that.

  • Mason H.

    I’m a christian, and it isn’t just morality that you should focus on, it’s the spirituality that christ taught. Matthew 633, SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD.
    Very specific! I’ve always liked that teaching, it say’s it all right there. Before you do anything, don’t go looking for a church, or a Bible, or a teacher. The very first thing you must do is SEEK THE KINGDOM OF GOD…..How do we do that


    This Truth comes to us in Matthew 1129, adressed to his disciples Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is Light.

    Matthew 622, The Light of the Body is the eye. If thine eye be single your body will fill with Light.

    So when it comes to the outer world, remember that first it is within you where God dwells. The outer reflects the inner. Don’t blame everyone else for our misfortunes. Freedom comes to those who seek for themselves rather than forcing others to follow blindly. Treat others the way you would like to be treated. TV has very little importance upon our lives. Be vigilant parents and mentors, and all will be fine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kennygoldman Kenne Goldman

    Good! If you dont like whats on TV, turn the damned thing off!

  • mrroguesr

    If you don’t like it then don’t watch it and be responsible for what your children are watching! Don’t play stupid! TV’s and cable box’s all have parental controls! So use them because that’s what they are for!