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by Mike Masnick


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FCC Hires Law Professor Who Believes Broadcast Indecency Laws Are Unconstitutional

from the that-seems-like-a-good-thing dept

There are many people out there who are greatly troubled by the way the FCC "enforces" efforts against broadcast indecency -- with some even questioning whether or not it's even constitutional for the FCC to act as a public arbiter of indecency. It looks like the FCC has just hired one such person, in the form of Duke telco law professor Stuart Benjamin. Since I consider myself among those who question how indecency fines can fit with a First Amendment, this seems like a good thing -- but the reporting on it, at the link above, only focuses on the complaints about this hire. But the complaint comes from the Parents Television Council, whose main claim to fame is flooding the FCC with bogus complaints about "indecent" programming from people who didn't even see whatever it is they're complaining about. So you can understand why they might complain. If they lose the ability to create moral panics, it's harder to keep going.

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  1. identicon
    ., 17 Dec 2009 @ 5:51am

    What is wrong and what is right.

    When you decide not to watch something is your choice.
    When the government decides you don't have the right to watch something then its their choice.

    Is simple, people want to live in a world were other dictate what is better for them or they would like to live in a world that they can choose a path?

    Most people that want this to be passed to the government are opening the door to others things to come down the road it won't stop with lewd language it will become a weapon of suppression.

    ps: The people in favor are probably the ones that can't stand other peoples choices.

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