It’s been nearly two years since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last handed out fines against a television station for violating federal broadcast decency laws — a fact that has not escaped the notice of broadcasters.
This season all of the broadcast networks have upped the ante by introducing increasingly outrageous, explicit, and indecent sexual content. The networks and cable channels are thumbing their noses at the broadcast decency law.
In fact, the current state of programming is such that we might as well not have this law on the books if it’s not going to be enforced. A prime example of a program that should be subject to a formal indecency complaint is NBC’s show, Las Vegas. According to Nielsen Media Research this unsavory content was seen by more than 300,000 children. The indecent material crossed the line of common sense decency.
The broadcast airwaves are public property. The television networks don’t own them, and neither do the television stations. They are owned by the American people, and we must hold the industry accountable for the content they air. The advertisers must also be held accountable for the content they underwrite with their sponsorship dollars. I believe that the American people are fed up with broadcasters’ repeated, flagrant, and brazen violations of the broadcast decency laws. The FCC should do its job and protect our children.