Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Stop Us Before We Buy More 

Via Zemblan patriot J.D.: In the apparent belief that millions of subscribers must be gravely offended by the smutty content they continue to purchase month after month after month, Senator Ted Stevens is asking Congress to impose broadcast decency standards on premium-cable TV and satellite radio:
"Cable is a much greater violator in the indecency area," the Alaska Republican told the National Association of Broadcasters, which represents most local television and radio affiliates. "I think we have the same power to deal with cable as over-the-air" broadcasters.

"There has to be some standard of decency," he said. But he also cautioned that "No one wants censorship" . . . .

Stevens said he disagreed "violently" with assertions by the cable industry that Congress does not have the authority to impose limits on its content. "If that's the issue they want to take on, we'll take it on and let the Supreme Court decide," he said.
The Republican donor problem aside, we would hate to see the programmers at Cinemax sanitize their late-night lineup. Where else would impressionable young women have a chance to view the aesthetically tragic consequences of scary breast implants?

(And don't blame us for that link. Blame Avedon Carol.)

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