Skip to comments.FCC: CBS facing $3.6M fine for indecency
Posted on 03/15/2006 5:06:33 PM PST by mathprof
A government crackdown on indecent programming resulted in a proposed fine of $3.6 million against dozens of CBS stations and affiliates on Wednesday - a record penalty from the Federal Communications Commission.
The FCC said an episode of the CBS crime drama "Without a Trace" that aired in December 2004 was indecent. It cited the graphic depiction of "teenage boys and girls participating in a sexual orgy."
CBS said it strongly disagrees with the FCC's finding.
The program "featured an important and socially relevant storyline warning parents to exercise greater supervision of their teenage children. The program was not unduly graphic or explicit," the network said in a statement.
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Recind their licence for public indecency corrupt reporting and ineptness.
Piss on the rubble.
Haven't watched CBS since the last episode of MASH, never watch broadcast tv, it's pure garbage.
Except American Idol, that's good garbage.
I thought this was about their "news" division.
Why aren't the producers being charged with Child Porno laws. "Orgies of kids" sounds pretty much against the law to film.
Nevermind that Oprah has a show every other week talking about all kinds of sex acts. I guess Oprah can say what she wants and the rest of us "litte people" are only subject to laws. All hail queen oprah
The show was on at ten, it was likely rated "M," the V-chip would solve the problem, and the people who saw this either wanted to or didn't care enough to stop their kids from seeing it to program their damn t.v.'s. If people don't like this crap on t.v., they ought not to watch it. I don't want the FCC nannies forcing every show to a Mr. Rogers' content level because some people are too lazy to change the channel or too stupid to program a t.v. set or both.
Good! I hope cBS has to pay every penny.
I don't like the idea of government censors when every Tom, Dick, and Hank in this country has a remote control with an off button. Sounds like a perfect environment for a rugged individualistic solution.
It appears that they can show it after ten p.m.
Somebody fergot 'bout them time zones...
Careful what you wish for. The "Fairness Doctrine" is the next door down. Then we get an hour of Lynn Samuels (Bush set up 9/11 for political advantage) for every hour of Rush.
I agree with you.
I saw that episode and it truly was pornography. If teenagers are really participating in group sex and considering it completely normal,this country is in big trouble. The sex scenes in this show would have been shocking if the actors were adults. But, for teenagers to be portrayed this was really was horrible.
I'll lay odds they were. Hollywood "Teens": 30, look 25
If any of the actors were under 18 cBS is liable under the sexual abuse of minors act in Maryland and most other states, as well as the Federal indecency charges.
We can do fundraisers from your lists and my list and get enough money together to buy apartment complexes in the country of these posters choice china, north korea, cuba, iran,anywhere in the middle east. you know all the glorious bastions of freedom that totally regulate and control what makes it on the tv sets in there.It sounds like a lot of freepers will be happy living there then they are in the usa.
Come to think of it I don't think I've watched anything on c.bs for years either.
According to the FCC, Oprah is "beloved", and doesn't need to be fined.
Isn't it odd that Fox affiliates like FX regularly push the envelope along "decency" lines, yet somehow escape this sort of scutiny?
I like the one they show on the Simpsons where a buzzard flies into the broadcasting tower and gets electrocuted.
Lynn Samuels??? Ecch!!!
Over on NBC they're running something even worse! 3D-HD of Katie's colon!!!! Run for your lives!
The commission dismissed complaints against a number of shows, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "Family Guy" and "The Simpsons."
Federal law and FCC rules ban radio and over-the-air television stations from airing obscene material, such as describing sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, at any time. The rules also bar stations from broadcasting indecent material - references to sex or excretions - between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., when children might be more likely to be in the audience.
Apparently the rules do not apply to the most holy Oprah, because that is PRECISELY what she did.
George Carlin, IIRC, had a routine about indecency on the radio and TV. He would hold up two fingers and say "There are two knobs on every single radio and television in the world - TWO KNOBS! One turns the channel and the other turns it off. If you don't like what you are hearing or seeing, TURN THE CHANNEL OR TURN IT OFF"!
Don't restrict my freedoms just because you are offended or can't raise your children right.
Now we can see why there are so many infomertials on all the time. Almost anything offends somebody and a lot of our fellow freepers have as many tripwires as liberals.
No violence...no sex...no offending words or terms that might even indirectly be racist, sexist, homophobic...
And then you wonder why there are 250 channels showing infomertials and most of the time there's not a thing to watch. What a bunch of old ladies we've become.
I'm not terribly bothered by it, to tell you the truth.
Hey - is George Clooney gonna make a movie about this?
FX is a cable channel. What, exactly, do you want the FCC to do about it?
What, exactly, do you want the FCC to do about it?
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