Monday, January 31, 2005

Bush Wants New FCC Chairperson to Draw Line of Decency for All Society

From the IMDB News:

President George W. Bush, while calling himself a "free speech advocate," nevertheless said that the FCC must "call to account" any television program that "gets over the line" of decency. In an interview with Brian Lamb on C-SPAN Sunday, the president also said that he would ask candidates to succeed Michael Powell as head of the FCC: "Please tell me where the line is." Later, he commented, "Look, we are a great society because we're a free society. On the other hand, it is very important for there to be limits, limits to what parents have to explain to their children." Referring to bills that were introduced in the House and Senate last week that would significantly raise the fines for broadcasting indecent programs, Bush said, "Well, they're going to collect a lot of money when some of these TV shows are still on." Meanwhile, today's Los Angeles Times quoted lawmakers of both parties as predicting that fines will be raised this year. "This bill is noncontroversial, bipartisan," Massachusetts Congressman Edward J. Markey, a Democrat, told the newspaper.

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