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FCC: CBS facing $3.6M fine for indecency
ap ^ | 3/15/06

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at macon.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cbs; constitutionlist; fcc; filth; govwatch; indecency; libertarians; perversion; trashtv; ungodly; withoutatrace
cBS in good form as usual.
1 posted on 03/15/2006 5:06:37 PM PST by mathprof
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To: mathprof

2 posted on 03/15/2006 5:10:39 PM PST by aomagrat ("Now having seen muslim mercy, I'd rather worship cobras.")
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To: mathprof

Recind their licence for public indecency corrupt reporting and ineptness.
Piss on the rubble.


3 posted on 03/15/2006 5:12:45 PM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Joe Boucher

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.


4 posted on 03/15/2006 5:33:11 PM PST by wrathof59
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To: mathprof
I have seen one episode and I wasn't all that impressed and haven't watched an episode since. In their defense this show is normally on at 10 pm and there are parental codes that go with the program. If I choose, I can block programs either using my tv settings or my cable box settings, but I choose not to. Nobody is forced to watch anything and I think the FCC goes too far some times even though I am no big fan of cBS.
5 posted on 03/15/2006 5:34:11 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: aomagrat

I thought this was about their "news" division.


6 posted on 03/15/2006 5:37:40 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (A Liberal: One who demands half of your pie, because he didn't bake one.)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Why aren't the producers being charged with Child Porno laws. "Orgies of kids" sounds pretty much against the law to film.


7 posted on 03/15/2006 6:51:01 PM PST by Jack Black
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To: mathprof

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


8 posted on 03/15/2006 6:57:54 PM PST by jakerobins
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Expect television networks to fight for their life by broadcasting X-rated porn in the near future. A ploy destined to fail because porn addicts can already use the Inet 24X7 to watch the hardest core porn on the planet without commercial interruption.
9 posted on 03/15/2006 7:02:56 PM PST by Milhous (Sarcasm - the last refuge of an empty mind.)
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To: I Drive Too Fast; freepatriot32

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.


10 posted on 03/15/2006 8:37:06 PM PST by LibertarianInExile (Freedom isn't free--no, there's a hefty f'in fee--and if you don't throw in your buck-o-5, who will?)
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To: mathprof

Good! I hope cBS has to pay every penny.


11 posted on 03/15/2006 8:55:37 PM PST by zot (GWB -- four more years!)
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To: mathprof

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.


12 posted on 03/15/2006 8:58:48 PM PST by mysterio
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To: Jack Black
The agency's proposed fine for "Without a Trace" covers broadcasts aired at 9 p.m. in the Central and Mountain time zones.

It appears that they can show it after ten p.m.

Somebody fergot 'bout them time zones...

13 posted on 03/15/2006 9:04:06 PM PST by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: zot

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.


14 posted on 03/15/2006 9:08:45 PM PST by barkeep
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To: LibertarianInExile

I agree with you.


15 posted on 03/15/2006 9:18:21 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: mathprof

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.


16 posted on 03/15/2006 9:25:05 PM PST by jamaly (I evacuate early and often!)
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To: jamaly
. The sex scenes in this show would have been shocking if the actors were adults.

I'll lay odds they were. Hollywood "Teens": 30, look 25

17 posted on 03/15/2006 9:53:54 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Don't vote- it only encourages them)
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To: barkeep
Careful what you wish for.

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.

18 posted on 03/15/2006 10:09:34 PM PST by zot (GWB -- four more years!)
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To: Gabz
maybe you should ping your nanny state list to this thread there sure area hell of a lot of nanny state wannabees posting here.

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.

19 posted on 03/15/2006 11:58:03 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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20 posted on 03/15/2006 11:58:24 PM PST by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: wrathof59

Come to think of it I don't think I've watched anything on c.bs for years either.


21 posted on 03/16/2006 2:58:55 AM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: jakerobins

According to the FCC, Oprah is "beloved", and doesn't need to be fined.


22 posted on 03/16/2006 3:06:53 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: mathprof

Interesting.........................

Isn't it odd that Fox affiliates like FX regularly push the envelope along "decency" lines, yet somehow escape this sort of scutiny?


23 posted on 03/16/2006 3:11:58 AM PST by WhiteGuy ("Every Generation needs a new revolution" - Jefferson)
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To: aomagrat

I like the one they show on the Simpsons where a buzzard flies into the broadcasting tower and gets electrocuted.


24 posted on 03/16/2006 3:24:47 AM PST by Hardastarboard (HEY - Billy Joe! You ARE an American Idiot!)
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To: barkeep

Lynn Samuels??? Ecch!!!


25 posted on 03/16/2006 4:10:52 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: mathprof
More heart and soul of America on display from Viacom. No wonder the company's bigwigs give so much to the Dems. They share the same family values.
26 posted on 03/16/2006 4:12:58 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: mathprof

Over on NBC they're running something even worse! 3D-HD of Katie's colon!!!! Run for your lives!


27 posted on 03/16/2006 4:15:59 AM PST by Doc Savage (Of all these things you can be sure, only love...will endure.......................)
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To: jakerobins; Wolfie; namsman
From the article:

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.

28 posted on 03/16/2006 4:17:26 AM PST by SW6906 (5 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, guns and ammunition.)
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Oh, and before I get labeled a nanny-stater, let it be known that I don't agree with having the rules, I just want to see them applied consistently if we are going to be subject to them.

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.

29 posted on 03/16/2006 4:23:17 AM PST by SW6906 (5 things you can't have too much of: sex, money, firewood, guns and ammunition.)
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To: SW6906

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.


30 posted on 03/16/2006 6:09:54 AM PST by Luke21
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To: Doc Savage
3D-HD of Katie's colon!!!!


31 posted on 03/16/2006 9:56:31 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: Luke21
What a bunch of old ladies we've become

Gladys Kravitz rules!
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32 posted on 03/16/2006 10:01:09 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: All
PTC has the offending clip here:

http://www.parentstv.org/ptc/action/withoutatrace/content2.htm

I'm not terribly bothered by it, to tell you the truth.

33 posted on 03/16/2006 10:16:43 AM PST by Potowmack ("Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government")
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To: mathprof

Hey - is George Clooney gonna make a movie about this?


34 posted on 03/16/2006 10:17:48 AM PST by tear_down_this_wall
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To: WhiteGuy
Isn't it odd that Fox affiliates like FX regularly push the envelope along "decency" lines, yet somehow escape this sort of scutiny?

FX is a cable channel. What, exactly, do you want the FCC to do about it?

35 posted on 03/16/2006 10:24:59 AM PST by Caesar Soze
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To: Caesar Soze

What, exactly, do you want the FCC to do about it?

Nothing.


36 posted on 03/16/2006 1:28:46 PM PST by WhiteGuy ("Every Generation needs a new revolution" - Jefferson)
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