Senator Misunderstands Purpose Of The FCC
from the regulatory-creep dept
The FCC is supposed to regulate public airwaves used for communications purposes. The point was that this was a shared resource owned by everyone, and the purpose of the FCC was so that it wasn't misused. With that in mind, you can make an argument as to why the FCC should have some say over whether broadcast TV is used for "indecency" -- though, for many of us the whole issue seems sort of silly. The basic argument is that indecency can be seen as a misuse of the airwaves, thus putting it under the thumb of the FCC. However, it appears that some politicians are confusing issues here, assuming that the FCC has some mandate over indecency, rather than over the airwaves. Thus, we get stories about a Senator complaining that because he sees more of what he considers indecent on cable, the FCC should regulate indecency on cable as well. When told that this is outside of the FCC mandate, his response is that he disagrees "violently." Personally, public violence against those who disagree with you seems a lot more "indecent" than what people want to watch in the privacy of their own homes. His only argument really seems to be that he finds cable TV (and satellite radio) not to his liking. The Senator should realize there's a simple solution to all of this: don't buy cable TV or satellite radio. Or, if you still want it, just watch the channels that you don't consider indecent. Problem solved, without having to trouble everyone who does want cable TV and satellite radio.