NBC Chairman Slams The Federal Censorship Commission
from the busted dept
In recent years, the FCC has increasingly been cracking down on televised indecency, which is in part due to all of the “outraged” parents out there who for some reason can’t control their children’s viewing. As we see in many areas, these days, everyone is forced to live by rules based on what’s good “for the children”, which sounds good, but is rather noxious in practice. Jerry Brito points to an op-ed written by NBC chief Bob Wright that lashes out at the FCC — The Federal Censorship Commission, as he puts it. In addition to some egregious examples of censorship, he shows, with a little bit of math, how absurd it is that television content is regulated based on children’s viewing habit. Of all households, only 15% still get their TV over the air (the form of distribution regulated by the FCC) and of those households, only a third have children. So it’s based on only 5% of households that the rules are set. Wouldn’t it make more sense for the rules to based on the majority of households, and then let the exceptions decide whether or not they want to watch TV?