Indecency and Television

A very important article by Chuck Colson on the battle to protect our children from indecency on tv.

“The most memorable moments during the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Music Awards on the Fox television network weren’t performances: They were the remarks made by recipients and presenters.

Actually, in both instances it was a single word. In 2002, the singer Cher responded to her critics by using the “f word.” A year later, Nicole Ritchie, who has no apparent abilities of any kind, used a similar word when talking about her show, The Simple Life. The Federal Communications Commission ruled that both utterances were “indecent,” but it did not fine Fox. Nevertheless, Fox appealed the FCC’s ruling.

A few weeks ago, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Fox. The three-judge panel, by a 2-1 vote, noted that the FCC had previously not cited or what it deemed were “fleeting” uses of profanity. It ruled that the FCC “had not adequately, or constitutionally, explained why it changed its mind” on the matter”

To read the full article click here.


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