In Wednesday's WSJ I woke to find an editorial piece called FCC TV which reminded me about a post I made a month back called The FCC Thinks Your Parenting Skills Suck. The post was pretty much a typical PardonMyFrench rant, but I unfortunately didn't have a lot of data on the subject, that is until this morning's WSJ. Here are the highlights before I dive into rant #2 on how ridiculous Kevin Martin from the FCC is for trying to take over parenting skills.
- The FCC says its authority to regulate TV violence derives from the Supreme Court's 1978 Pacifica decision. That's the George Carlin "seven dirty words" ruling that upheld the agency's right to regulate broadcasts because there was no way to block what was coming into homes or car radios. But that ruling says nothing about regulating cable. And subsequent attempts to censor Internet and video game content have been rejected by the courts on grounds that less restrictive alternatives are available
- Some 86% of U.S. households subscribe to cable or satellite TV, and both services provide conscientious parents with multiple filtering tools
- 67% of households have no children under 18 in residence, and those that do often opt to monitor personally what their children watch rather than rely on technology.
- nearly 70% of children have a TV in their bedroom.
Thanks to the Journal I have more than enough data to back this up. The FCC doesn't have the right to regulate cable, internet, video games, and etc for the what they believe is inappropriate content. That's why it is begging congress to give them the power and you have Democrats like Senator Jay Rockefeller only to happy to oblige or as the Journal wrote "promptly thanked the FCC for its "meaningful guidance" and promised to introduce a bill incorporating some of the recommendations in the next few weeks."
This is disgusting. That's a parent's responsibility not a centralized Government's job. As I wrote in that original post, what is a violent show? I can't even let my kids watch nightly news shows when I'm channel flipping (not that I would even have that crap on). Kevin Martin's lame idea to offer a la carte channel programming DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING IN HIS LAME ATTEMPT TO REGULATE WHAT COMES INTO YOUR TV. You can find violence on nearly every channel on TV. Leave PBS on too long because your kids were watching Sesame Street and a BBC news programs pops on with loads of violence.
Seriously, the best way for the Government to make sure inappropriate shows don't appear is to leave it to parents to protect their kids and leave it to parents to determine what their children can or can't watch. And, make sure that broadcasters understand that a show's rating means that you can't have breasts popping out in a football game. Kevin Martin and the rest of the FCC must have some other ulterior motive besides trying to drum up work for their bloated salaries, don't they? Stay out of my way, I don't need you to help me be a responsible parent.