We’re at an important crossroads. The chair of the Federal Communications Commission (they are in charge of what is allowed on broadcast TV) just announced he’s stepping down. Under his tenure, the current chair, Julius Genachowski, promised to enforce these broadcast decency laws, but failed to act on parents’ requests during his tenure and instead allowed nudity, profanity and heavy sexual content to be aired via the public airways. Now President Obama will appoint a new FCC Chairman.
PLEASE CONTACT THEM AND MAKE SURE THEY HEAR THAT WE WANT A CHAIRMAN WHO WILL PROTECT CHILDREN AND WILL ENFORCE THESE LAWS.
It is time for the FCC to respond to the tens of thousands of parental complaints filled against network TV for shows depicting indecency and using profane language. It should be remembered that the public airwaves belong to the public. If networks don’t like the rules, they can move their programming to cable or satellite.
Instead of fighting for the rights of parents, Genachowski sided with the networks and did not enforce indecency standards, despite U. S. Supreme Court rulings that upheld the public right to decency. As recently as June of 2012 in FCC v. Fox, the Court supported these standards. Genachowski promised to enforce the federal indecency law, 18 USC § 1464, yet he failed to act.
If you see something indecent or obscene on broadcast TV, please file a complaint here.