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  • Nurse who photographed patient's genitals surrenders license

    03/30/2016 1:13:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 78 replies
    CNY Central ^ | March 29, 2016 | CNY Central
    FULTON, N.Y. -- A Fulton nurse convicted of taking a photo of an unconscious patient's penis with her iPhone last year surrendered her license, according to the New York State Education Department. Kristen Johnson was forced to give up her license as part of a plea deal where she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disseminating of unlawful surveillance photos. Her conviction came after a nine-month investigation by the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office into complaints from her Upstate University Hospital co-workers that she sent pictures of two patients via text message. She was originally charged with two counts of second-degree unlawful...
  • Park nudity leads to arrest

    11/20/2015 10:31:04 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    WHIO ^ | November 5, 2015 | Breaking News Staff
    RICHMOND, Ind. — A man who led police on a three-county chase in August is in jail again, this time on public nudity charges. David Simpson, 22, address at large, is in Wayne County Jail on a charge of public nudity after police say he was found running naked in Glen Miller Park in Richmond Wednesday night. In August, Simpson allegedly drove a stolen BMW from Indianapolis to Englewood at speeds of 110 miles per hour. Multiple law enforcement jurisdictions were engaged in a chase with the stolen vehicle. Simpson attempted to drive through a closed construction area on Interstate...
  • Obama administration asks Supreme Court to uphold FCC's indecency policy

    04/22/2011 4:14:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | Friday, April 22, 2011 | Gautham Nagesh
    The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a court ruling that greatly diminished the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) ability to police the airwaves for indecency. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal filed a certiorari petition ahead of Thursday's deadline after previously filing for two extensions. The administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision that struck down the FCC's indecency policy last July. The court ruled that the FCC's policy against fleeting expletives on live television, instituted in 2004 after U2 frontman Bono used an expletive during the 2003 Golden Globes,...
  • AP WRITER SEES Hardcore Porn Sales in Baghdad to be "A Good Sign"-

    08/29/2010 2:30:01 PM PDT · by geraldmcg · 20 replies
    WebToday ^ | 8-29-10 | WebToday
    According to an Associated Press story (T. El-Tablawy, “Porn offers window into Iraq's chaotic politics”) released August 23, 2010, “ afoot in Iraq. Hundreds of porn DVDs are stacked elbow deep...on a table...on a downtown sidewalk.” The story continues: “Its reemergence...reflects how security has improved but also how the fragile government is busy with more pressing issues than spicy videos.” The story also observes that “with the Western troops and their supporting army of foreign security contractors came the porn once strictly forbidden under Saddam's regime” and that the titles of many videos now available, “along the lines of ‘The...
  • Court Strikes Down FCC's Indecency Policy

    07/13/2010 2:48:19 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 32 replies
    Wall St. Journal ^ | 07/13/2010 | AMY SCHATZ
    WASHINGTON—A federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy Tuesday, saying the agency's efforts to restrict the use of vulgar language on air were "unconstitutionally vague." The decision was a major win for Fox Television, NBC Universal and other broadcasters who have complained that an FCC crackdown on fleeting obscenities was unfair and violated their First Amendment rights.
  • Year 1 boys in sex attacks at Brisbane school

    09/20/2009 7:05:29 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 2,106+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | September 21, 2009 | Tanya Chilcott and Margaret Wenham
    SHOCKING sex assault allegations against year 1 and 2 boys have caused worried parents to pull children out of a Brisbane primary school. At least three year 1 and 2 boys are alleged to have sexually assaulted their classmates in separate incidents at the school on the city's northern outskirts since June. One girl was pulled out of the school after she was allegedly assaulted, with another year 1 student, by two boys in the school toilets on June 16. The girls' underwear was removed by the year 1 boys, who then allegedly performed sex acts on the girls. Police...
  • Second look at Janet Jackson 'wardrobe malfunction' case will confirm indecency

    06/11/2009 6:06:59 AM PDT · by steve-b · 25 replies · 1,300+ views
    DC Examiner ^ | 6/11/09 | Debra Timberlake
    This month the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals to take a second look at its ruling finding that Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl peep show wasn’t indecent and didn’t merit the $550,000 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fine that was levied against CBS. The High Court move followed on the heels of its first broadcast decency ruling in 30 years when on April 28 it ruled that so-called “fleeting” violations of the broadcast decency law can be considered indecent and result in fines for broadcasters. In the case at issue, Fox fought tooth and nail against the...
  • Senator Says Right-Wing Radio Worse than Pornography

    11/17/2008 3:47:17 PM PST · by John Semmens · 46 replies · 1,191+ views
    An opening salvo in the upcoming bid to silence talk radio criticism of left-wing government programs and officials was fired by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Citing regulations that penalize lewd language, Schumer suggested that the “rude” language of commentators like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity merited similar government oversight and control. “The lewd language of pornography disrespects the body, but the rude language of Limbaugh, Hannity and their ilk disrespects the mind,” Schumer contended. “Limbaugh alone pollutes the thoughts of 20 million listeners a day. If the government can crackdown on the purveyors of pornographic filth it has to have...
  • Skirt-Wearing Man Intends to Fight Indecency Ordinance

    04/08/2008 4:51:54 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 16 replies · 418+ views ^ | 04/08/08 | Tyana Williams, WAFB 9NEWS
    As of last month, the town of Clinton has a pull up your pants rule. Wearing saggy pants can now get you a fine. However, one Clinton man says the indecent exposure ordinance should not apply to him because he has a medical condition. On a day when his mower is giving him grief, business is kind of slow for Jay Herrod. It's not what he does that's the problem. "He cuts the yard in a hurry, does a good job. I don't have any problems. That's what I was interested in. Don't pay attention to what he wears," says...
  • Speaker Pelosi Determines "Christianity Has Not Been Harmed" by S&M Last Supper Mockery

    09/28/2007 3:08:05 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 44 replies · 172+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 9/28/07 | John-Henry Westen
    SAN FRANCISCO, September 28, 2007 ( - Following the discovery of an ad for a sadomasochistic street parade in San Francisco which mocked the Last Supper replacing Christ and His Apostles with leather-clad (and unclad) homosexuals, Concerned Women for America (CWA) and other groups called on California legislators to denounce the anti-Christianity.  Rather than denounce the ad, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has derisively dismissed any concerns. Drew Hammill, Pelosi's press secretary, responded to media questions on the offensive ad saying, "As a Catholic, the speaker is confident that Christianity has not been harmed." The offensive ad was put together by...
  • Ontario Politics: Neither Conservative Leader Tory nor NDP Leader Object to Gay Sex in Public

    09/22/2007 12:00:39 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 6 replies · 236+ views ^ | September 17, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    Ontario Politics: Neither Conservative Leader Tory nor NDP Leader Object to Gay Sex in Public By John-Henry Westen TORONTO, September 17, 2007 ( - Xtra, a Canadian homosexual newspaper has published interviews with political party leaders from the province of Ontario.  While Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty refused to answer questions but sent in a written statement, both Conservative Leader John Tory and NDP Leader Howard Hampton consented to an interview. During the interview, the paper asked about homosexual sex in a public park, and neither Tory nor Hampton took issue with the suggestion. In the interviews published September 6,...
  • Toronto Police Slough Off Gay Pride-Related Criminality

    09/13/2007 4:44:14 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 4 replies · 594+ views ^ | September 11, 2007 | Tony Gosgnach
    Toronto Police Slough Off Gay Pride-Related Criminality By Tony Gosgnach TORONTO, September 11, 2007 ( - In response to media reports of apparently criminal moral and sexual excesses associated with this year’s “gay pride” events in Toronto this past summer – and what seemed to be a police conflict-of-interest with respect to them – the Life Ethics Information Centre wrote seeking clarification to the mayor of Toronto, David Miller, Police Chief William Blair and the chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, Alok Mukherjee. In its letter, the LEIC began by referring to a “Pride Week Reception” that the Toronto...
  • Couldn't Believe My Eyes (Local Wal-Mart turned blind eye to in-store indecent exposure)

    08/24/2007 10:17:50 PM PDT · by RightFighter · 145 replies · 4,609+ views
    8-25-2007 | RightFighter
    I was walking through Wal-Mart this evening with my 9-year old son picking up some groceries. When we were all done, we went to the magazine section just prior to checking out. While I was standing there, I saw a young man of about 25-30 years old walking toward the register next to the magazines. Something struck me as odd, and I finally realized that it was his pants - they were down around his mid-thigh, so that his boxer shorts were fully exposed. The next thing I noticed, and I will forever rue the day that I saw this,...
  • US Senate Panel Approves TV Indecency Act

    07/20/2007 1:09:09 PM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 15 replies · 555+ views
    CNN ^ | 7/20/2007
    WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- The Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday voted to approve two bills that would potentially give the Federal Communications Commission greater authority. One bill would empower the FCC to take enforcement action against broadcasters who aired a single expletive, greatly expanding the agency's authority in this area. Currently, the FCC policy is to not action against single or fleeting utterances of expletives on air, as long as those expletives aren't used in a sexually explicit manner. The bill, if adopted, would go some way to granting FCC Chairman Kevin Martin the powers he has long sought to take...
  • 90-Year-Old Man Busted For Public Indecency

    07/19/2007 10:29:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies · 1,100+ views staff ^ | July 19, 2007
    (CINCINNATI) -- A 90-year-old man has been arrested for public indecency at a local park. Leonard G. Dickman, of West Harrison, Ind. was arrested Tuesday afternoon at Mount Airy Forest. According to the arrest report, Dickman was arrested while sitting in his red Kia Rio and exposed his private parts by raising the leg of his shorts. Dickman is also accused of touching an undercover officer.
  • Congress seeks last word on broadcast obscenity

    07/19/2007 8:34:42 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 15 replies · 581+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/19/2007 | Jim Puzzanghera
    WASHINGTON — The battle over dirty words shifts back to Congress today. A Senate committee is expected to support legislation that would authorize regulators to enforce a nearly zero-tolerance policy on the broadcast of certain expletives that was struck down last month.
  • Court throws out indecency ruling by regulators

    06/04/2007 1:11:06 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 575+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | June 4, 2007
    Excerpt - NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday overruled regulators who decided that expletives uttered on broadcast television violated decency standards, a major victory for TV networks. The Federal Communications Commission had ruled in March 2006 that News Corp.'s Fox television network had violated decency regulations when singer Cher and actress Nicole Richie blurted out profanities during the 2002 and 2003 Billboard Music Awards' shows. However, no fines were issued. ~ snip ~
  • The Seven Words That You Can Say On TV

    12/19/2006 4:35:11 AM PST · by theothercheek · 10 replies · 636+ views
    The Stiletto ^ | December 18, 2006 | The Stiletto
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York granted a request from C-SPAN to televise oral arguments in a TV industry challenge to the FCC's ruling in March that Fox’s broadcast of the Billboard Awards, in which Cher and Nicole Richie uttered the profanities “f**k” and “sh**,” was indecent by contemporary community standards. “No cable or broadcast news operation has yet asked C-SPAN for a pool feed of the December 20th arguments,” reports Broadcasting & Cable. “[L]ook for the cable news nets and perhaps even the broadcasters, all of the latter have a dog in the...
  • FCC says indecent language okay during TV news programs

    11/07/2006 12:19:23 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 1,258+ views ^ | November 6, 2006
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2006 FCC ISSUES ORDER ON REMAND ADDRESSING EARLIER BROADCAST TELEVISION INDECENCY DECISIONS Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today released an Order addressing several television indecency decisions that were remanded to the Commission by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. As part of its March 15, 2006 Omnibus Indecency Order, the FCC originally found that the broadcasts of “The 2003 Billboard Music Awards,” “The Early Show,” “The 2002 Billboard Music Awards,” and several episodes of “NYPD Blue” were apparently indecent and profane. Penalties were not proposed, however, because...
  • "George W. Bush and the Curse Heard 'Round The World"

    08/03/2006 11:19:13 AM PDT · by Paul678 · 52 replies · 1,268+ views
    National Ledger ^ | August 2, 2006 | Jim Dyke
    George W. Bush and the Curse Heard ‘Round the World By Jim Dyke The National Ledger August 2, 2006 Is license to curse on live television a presidential perk? If George Bush were a NASCAR driver or an NFL quarterback, his use of the s-word might have triggered a six digit fine from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC commissioners aren’t making a fuss over their boss’s on-air swear at the G-8 summit, but the incident brings some clarity to the indecency debate. It demonstrates that live broadcasts cannot always be appropriate for most children if they are also appropriate...
  • Department of Delayed Reactions

    06/30/2006 11:41:19 AM PDT · by Paul678 · 11 replies · 439+ views
    TV Barn Blog - Kansas City Star ^ | June 29, 2006 | Aaron Barnhardt
    Dept. of delayed reactions By Aaron Barnhart TV Barn- The Kansas City Star June 29, 2006 Only now is word filtering down to the Parents Television Council that a scene from last week's "Rescue Me" might have been, well, skanky. Yet more evidence that the PTC doesn't watch the shows it wants off the air. PTC Outraged Over Graphic Rape Scene on FX’s Rescue Me LOS ANGELES (June 29, 2006) – The Parents Television Council™ blasted News Corp. and the FX Network for airing a graphic rape scene on an episode of Rescue Me. The graphic scene showed a man...
  • False Protests

    06/28/2006 1:34:29 PM PDT · by Paul678 · 9 replies · 720+ views
    Wilkes-Barre Times Leader ^ | June 28, 2006 | Chuck Shepherd
    False Protests By Chuck Shepherd The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader June 28, 2006 The “indecent” CBS drama “Without a Trace” for which the Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $3.3 million fine of the network and affiliates was apparently complained about by only two (at most) actual viewers of the estimated 8.2 million who watched it that December 2004 night, according to FCC records that CBS cited in a June filing to the commission. Those two (and 4,209 complaints from people who apparently only heard about the show) did not start arriving at the FCC until 12 days afterward, which coincidentally...
  • President Bush Signs Broadcast Indecency Bill Into Law, But is That What Americans Really Want?

    06/16/2006 2:27:25 PM PDT · by Paul678 · 14 replies · 510+ views
    U.S. Newswire ^ | June 15 | TV Watch
    TV Watch Statement on Government’s Role in Controlling What’s On TV: President Bush signs broadcast indecency bill into law, but is that what Americans really want? When the FCC slapped local broadcasters with a record $3.5 million in fines this March, it said it was reacting in part to an increase in public complaints about broadcast television. But a closer look at the pattern of complaints the FCC receives shows that the vast majority of individuals file complaints at the prompting of just two special interest groups, and complainants often admit they didn’t watch the episode in question. TV Watch...
  • Indecent Proposal: End, Don't Mend, TV Content Regulation

    06/14/2006 7:18:04 AM PDT · by Paul678 · 10 replies · 480+ views
    June 7, 2006 Indecent Proposal: End, don’t mend, TV content regulation. Jacob Sullum Syndicated Columnist New York Post / Reason Online The overwhelming support on Capitol Hill for legislation that will dramatically increase the fines for broadcasting "indecent" programming suggests there's broad agreement that the federal government should get serious about cleaning up TV. But the more closely you examine the justifications for this crackdown, the clearer it becomes that the ban on broadcast indecency either goes too far or does not go far enough. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), who introduced the Senate version of the bill raising the maximum...
  • Bush Vows To Sign Indecency Act

    06/09/2006 2:38:02 PM PDT · by Paul678 · 37 replies · 1,019+ views
    FMQB ^ | June 8, 2006 | FMQB
    Bush Vows To Sign Indecency Act FMQB June 8, 2006 After years of debate, yesterday Congress passed a new bill upping the fines for FCC violations for indecency. The House Of Representatives approved the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act Of 2005 by a 379-35 vote, after it had already passed the Senate. The President released a statement yesterday, vowing to sign the bill into law. "I believe that government has a responsibility to help strengthen families," said George W. Bush in a statement. "This legislation will make television and radio more family friendly by allowing the FCC to impose stiffer fines...
  • US House Vote to Raise TV Indecency Fines Set for Wednesday

    06/07/2006 11:09:20 AM PDT · by Paul678 · 4 replies · 361+ views
    Dow Jones Newswire ^ | June 6, 2006 | Siobhan Jones
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The U.S. House is set to vote on Wednesday to impose a tenfold increase in the maximum fines for broadcasting profane or other indecent material, paving the way for the measure to be signed into law. The Federal Communications Commission would gain the power to fine television and radio broadcasting stations as much as $325,000 per incident under the bill, up from $32,500 currently. Cable and satellite television providers aren't affected by the measure, which cleared the Senate last month. Congress began to focus on television programming in earnest after the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, when performer...
  • Indecency Complaints in Q1 '06 Surpass Full 2005 Count

    05/31/2006 8:36:09 AM PDT · by Paul678 · 6 replies · 450+ views
    Billboard Radio Monitor ^ | May 31, 2006 | Tony Sanders
    Indecency Complaints in Q1 '06 Surpass Full 2005 Count By Tony Sanders Billboard Radio Monitor May 30, 2006 There already have been more consumer complaints filed this year concerning obscene, indecent or profane programming on TV and radio than were filed for all of 2005. The FCC’s latest tally of such consumer complaints in the first quarter jumped by 118,115 filings this year to come in at 275,131 complaints for the three months ended March. That’s a 75% increase over last year’s comparable 157,016 filings received in the first quarter of 2005. For all of 2005, there were 233,471 indecency/obscenity...
  • PTC Praises Senate for Passing Indecency Bill

    05/25/2006 10:06:01 AM PDT · by Paul678 · 7 replies · 571+ views
    Parents Television Council ^ | May 19, 2006 | Parents Television Council
    PTC Praises Senate for Passing Indecency Bill Parents Television Council Press Release May 19, 2006 “Legislation Will Protect Families from Barrage of Raunch on Public Airwaves” LOS ANGELES (May 19, 2006) – The Parents Television Council™ praised the U.S. Senate for passing legislation that would increase broadcast indecency fines from $32,000 to $325,000 – a ten-fold increase. “This is a major victory for families. We applaud Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Senator Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) for pushing through legislation that would help to protect families from the barrage of raunch that has flooded the public airwaves,” said L....
  • U.S. Senate Backs Tenfold Hike on Indecency Fines

    05/19/2006 2:28:22 PM PDT · by Paul678 · 9 replies · 522+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 18, 2006 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    U.S. Senate Backs Ten Fold Hike in Indecency Fines By Jeremy Pelofsky Reuters May 18, 2006 WASHINGTON, May 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate late on Thursday approved boosting fines tenfold to $325,000 on television and radio broadcast stations that violate rules on airing profanity or sexually explicit material. The measure had languished for almost 16 months, drawing criticism from family groups and conservatives including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a likely 2008 contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Lawmakers demanded higher fines on broadcasters after pop singer Janet Jackson briefly exposed her breast during the 2004 Super Bowl football...
  • Profile: Indecency Warrior's Campaign Peaking - Brent Bozell's Push May Spur Legislation

    05/15/2006 11:19:37 AM PDT · by Paul678 · 5 replies · 479+ views
    Television Week ^ | May 15, 2006 | Doug Halonen
    Profile: Indecency Warrior's Campaign Peaking- Brent Bozell's Push May Spur Legislation By Doug Halonen Television Week May 15, 2006 If federal lawmakers, as widely anticipated, soon move to approve legislation that cracks down on indecent television programming, the multibillion-dollar media industry will have to concede defeat largely to one man: L. Brent Bozell III. Mr. Bozell, 50, is president and founder of the watchdog Parents Television Council, the group widely credited for spurring the Federal Communications Commission to hand down millions of dollars of indecency fines to broadcasters over the past couple of years. The PTC is leading the lobbying...
  • More Government Control Over Television Endangers Conservatives

    05/11/2006 10:27:11 AM PDT · by Paul678 · 8 replies · 637+ views
    National Ledger ^ | May 10, 2006 | Tom Readmond
    More Government Control Over Television Endangers Conservatives -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- By Tom Readmond May 10, 2006 Imagine yourself transported into the near future: say, the year 2011. A few well-organized liberal crusaders, incensed by the reduced influence of the liberal media and the emergence of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, successfully lobby a Democratic president’s FCC to harass conservative political shows off the airwaves by levying fines against them for using “inappropriate” language and harboring “adversarial” opinions. Limbaugh finds himself dropped by broadcasters slapped with federal fines for his “indecent” commentary and Fox News is continually battling a hostile FCC. If this...
  • Big Brother Should Not Hold the TV Remote

    05/04/2006 8:43:04 AM PDT · by Paul678 · 17 replies · 852+ views
    Choosing What’s on TV: Should Big Brother Hold the Remote? By Jim Dyke The National Ledger May 3, 2006 There was a time, the rumor went, when mothers, fathers and children argued nightly over who got to hold the remote. But in 2006, what was once a domestic battle had been taken outside the walls of American living rooms. Where it went, did not matter; all that mattered was that someone else was watching, and deciding. In this Orwellian reality, a small, but influential, contingent thinks the government should police what’s on your TV. This group, which includes the Parents...
  • Indecency Bill on Faster Track

    05/03/2006 7:47:12 AM PDT · by Paul678 · 10 replies · 434+ views
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | May 3, 2006 | Brooks Boliek
    Indecency bill on faster track- Frist pressing for House version By Brooks Boliek Reuters/The Hollywood Reporter May 3, 2006 WASHINGTON -- Responding to pressure from fundamentalist organizations, Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., is attempting to jump-start legislation that would impose a tenfold increase on fines for indecent broadcasts, congressional and industry sources said. Frist is running a "hotline" on the version of the bill that won approval in the House last year. Hotlining is a procedure that allows the Senate to pass bills that are not expected to be controversial. Once a bill is hotlined, any senator with an objection to...
  • Campus XXXchange

    05/02/2006 10:48:01 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 10 replies · 993+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 1, 2006 | Malcolm A. Kline
    There was, believe it or not, a time when professors and teachers fought tooth and nail with parents and citizen groups in order to get sex education into classrooms. Now, especially in college, the curriculum and campus seem to offer little else. Recently, I was interviewed on the university newswire about the use of pornography in classrooms. The young man who conducted the interview said that he came to me for a comment when he could not find any professors who were against it. “I am writing to inform you of some problems Towson University in Towson, MD, has had,”...
  • Buckley on Indecency: How Can Standards Be Enforced Today?

    04/24/2006 12:47:17 PM PDT · by Paul678 · 6 replies · 735+ views
    Myrtle Beach Sun-Times ^ | April 23, 2006 | William F. Buckley, Jr.
    By William F. Buckley Jr. Myrtle Beach Sun-Times April 23, 2006 It takes re-entry into a seemingly different life to read that there is still out there something called an Indecency Code. It lives, sort of, and is administered by the Federal Communications Commission. What brought on a reminder that such a code existed was the recent movement by TV networks to discipline the FCC. Their reaction was to a fine handed down against 111 television stations for running an episode of a show called "Without a Trace," which the commission found to be indecent in that it "depicts a...
  • Networks challenge indecency ruling

    04/15/2006 5:51:33 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 28 replies · 741+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | April 15, 2006 | A.P.
    LOS ANGELES -- Four TV broadcast networks and their affiliates have filed court challenges to a March 15 Federal Communications Commission ruling that found several programs "indecent" because of language. ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox, along with their network affiliate associations and the Hearst-Argyle Television group of stations, filed notices of appeal in various federal courts, including in Washington D.C. and New York. Some were filed late Thursday and the rest Friday morning. The move represents a protest against the aggressive enforcement of federal indecency rules that broadcasters have complained are vague and inconsistently applied. Millions of dollars in fines...
  • FCC: CBS facing $3.6M fine for indecency

    03/15/2006 5:06:33 PM PST · by mathprof · 35 replies · 1,614+ views
    ap ^ | 3/15/06
    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...
  • Michigan Court: TV Indecency the Same as Indecent Exposure

    02/28/2006 7:32:14 AM PST · by Sopater · 31 replies · 781+ views
    Citizen Link ^ | February 27, 2006 | Pete Winn
    The Wolverine State is pioneering what could be a new approach to the prosecution of indecent material on cable television. Michigan's Supreme Court has established that the state's indecent-exposure law includes the prosecution of indecent programming on cable television. Through this law, the Michigan attorney general can prosecute national broadcasters that put indecent material on cable TV, according to Pat Trueman, senior counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund. "This may be of questionable legality, and of limited use in other states," he said, "but the Michigan Supreme Court has upheld it, and the end result is a state law can...
  • Sirius Shock: Pirates hit Howard Stern's show

    02/04/2006 8:31:43 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 8 replies · 380+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | 02/02/06 | Dawn C. Chmielewski
    Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., which liberated radio shock jock Howard Stern from the federal decency standards that he felt had shackled him, is finding that freedom's just another word for $500 million to lose. Since Jan. 9, when Stern debuted on Sirius, pirated versions of the shows have been made available for free via several online file-sharing networks just hours after Stern signs off. The New York-based broadcaster signed Stern to a five-year, half-billion-dollar contract in 2004. (snip) A few weeks ago, when the first pirate radio stations began rebroadcasting Stern's show on unclaimed radio frequencies in New York and...

    01/24/2006 12:37:58 AM PST · by raccoonradio · 12 replies · 513+ views
    New York Post ^ | 01/23/06 | Don Kaplan
    Howard Stern may be coming down with a Sirius case of the bleeps. High-level executives of the satellite broadcaster are developing an internal standards-and-practices document that will set boundaries for Stern and other shock jocks, The Post has learned. “It’s something that’s being taken very seriously," a Sirius source said. Stern's new show also is being broadcast on a time-delay, giving him the opportunity to censor the program — which he already has done. Stern moved to Sirius in part because satellite-radio services such as Sirius and XM — unlike free terrestrial radio — are not policed by the FCC,...
  • Hamilton's naked girl shots ruled 'indecent' (UK)

    06/24/2005 12:24:29 AM PDT · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 18 replies · 1,479+ views
    The Guardian UK ^ | June 23, 2005 | Chris Warmoll
    David Hamilton - the photographer whose images hang in the US Library of Congress, Carnegie Hall and the Royal Danish Palace - has had his multi-million-selling images of young, naked women and girls officially branded as indecent in a landmark British ruling. Anyone owning one of his coffee-table books now risks being "arrested for possession of indecent photographs", following a ruling at Guildford Crown Court. The case revolves around Stanley Loam, a 49-year-old auditor from Walton on Thames, Surrey, who was charged with being in possession of 19,000 indecent images of children - the biggest ever haul by the county's...
  • Criminalization out of Control

    06/21/2005 6:57:05 PM PDT · by sourcery · 40 replies · 987+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | June 21, 2005 | Gene Healy
    Gene Healy is senior editor at the Cato Institute and editor of the new book Go Directly to Jail: The Criminalization of Almost Everything. WASHINGTON - Drug warriors in Congress are considering a bill that would send parents to jail for at least three years if they learn of drug activity near their children and fail to report it to authorities within 24 hours. One wonders if this a good idea, especially in areas such as Baltimore, where intimidation and murder of government witnesses are common. But when it comes to the criminal law, Congress rarely pauses for reflection anymore....
  • Student Apologizes for Streaking Prank

    05/26/2005 9:53:17 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 26 replies · 836+ views
    Laredo, TX, Morning Times ^ | 05-26-05 | Cortez, Tricia
    Student apologizes for streaking prank By TRICIA CORTEZ LAREDO MORNING TIMES Sporting "We Support the Coop" T-shirts in green and yellow Nixon High School colors, nearly 40 people packed the small 94.9 studio early Wednesday morning for James Cooper Jr.'s mock graduation ceremony. Principal Sylvia Rios did not allow Cooper, 17, to cross the stage with his graduation class Wednesday evening because he streaked in front of students during lunch last week. Just before the 7 p.m. commencement ceremony, school officials also barred Cooper and roughly 25 family members and friends from entering the Laredo Entertainment Center wearing "We Support...
  • Michigan court says talking penis on TV is indecent

    05/14/2005 2:07:25 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 59 replies · 1,585+ views
    Reuters UK ^ | May 12, 2005
    DETROIT (Reuters) - A Michigan court apparently has ended the television career of a talking penis. A three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals declared that the talking penis, nicknamed Dick Smart, telling "purportedly humorous" jokes on a Grand Rapids, Michigan, public access cable television channel constituted indecent exposure. The court let stand a one-day jail sentence already served by the show's creator, Timothy Huffman. Wednesday's ruling contained a transcript of the three-minute segment that aired twice in 2000, including the voice-over lines delivered in the style of the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield: "Hi, I'm Dick Smart. I am...
  • The emerging state of U.S. radio broadcasting

    04/15/2005 10:37:25 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 265+ views
    Fort Bragg Advocate ^ | Connie Korbel
    The emerging state of U.S. radio broadcasting Editors Note: This is the second in a series of periodic stories about free expression in arts and media under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The first story, about banned books, was printed Feb. 24. By CONNIE KORBEL Of the Advocate - Radio has touched our lives in predicable ways for as long as anyone can remember. Its hard to imagine communications without acknowledging how radio connects us with the world, near by and far reaching. One of radios strengths is that it cuts across all demographics and peripheries, while it...
  • FCC Boss to Cable TV: Deal with Indecency

    04/09/2005 4:20:46 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 33 replies · 766+ views
    FCC Boss to Cable TV: Deal with Indecency By Bob Keefe The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 04/06/05 8:07 AM PT Acknowledging that he's new to the job as the nation's top communications industry regulator, Kevin Martin trod lightly on the topic of indecency, saying it was Congress' job to make new laws, not his. But he also made it clear he expects the cable business to do something on its own soon. The FCC's new chairman warned cable companies yesterday they need to do a better job of addressing growing concerns over television indecency if they want to avoid regulation from Congress....
  • Key lawmaker calls for criminalizing TV indecency

    04/05/2005 7:37:16 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 6 replies · 263+ views
    Key lawmaker calls for criminalizing TV indecency SAN FRANCISCO (Hollywood Reporter) - The chairman of one of the entertainment industry's most important congressional committees says he wants to take the enforcement of broadcast decency standards into the realm of criminal prosecution. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner III, R-Wis., told cable industry executives attending the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. conference here on Monday that criminal prosecution would be a more efficient way to enforce the indecency regulations. "I'd prefer using the criminal process rather than the regulatory process," Sensenbrenner told the executives. The current system -- in which the FCC fines...
  • Senator wants cable, satellite TV subject to indecency rules

    03/02/2005 2:18:27 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 54 replies · 1,592+ views
    Winston-Salem Journal ^ | March 2, 2005
    Key GOP senator says he would push for such legislationIndecency guidelines that over-the-air broadcasters must follow should be extended to cover cable and satellite broadcasters, congressional Republicans who are influential on telecommunications issues said yesterday.Most viewers do not differentiate between traditional TV and cable, so they do not know when they might be exposed to objectionable programming, Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, the head of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, told the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington."In this country, there has to be some standards of decency," said Stevens, who said he would push for such legislation. The...
  • Senate Commerce Chairman: Decency Rules Should Apply To Cable

    03/01/2005 7:34:59 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 45 replies · 1,200+ views
    Dow Jones News Service (excerpt) ^ | March 1, 2005 | Brian Blackstone
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The cable industry should have to adhere to the same indecency standards as over-the-air broadcasters, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens, R -Alaska, said Tuesday. Cable "must live up to the same standards of decency that apply to you," Stevens said in remarks to a conference of broadcasters. [snip] Asked following his speech whether indecency standards should apply to such premium cable channels as HBO, Stevens replied, "Absolutely." He added that he "disagrees violently" with the idea that Congress has no authority over indecency standards for the cable industry and "we might as well get it out...
  • CA: Anything goes? Indecency follows (bottom feeders corrupting America)

    02/27/2005 7:31:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 573+ views
    OC Register ^ | 2/27/05 | James Homer Russell
    The Register's opinion pages constantly seek to find total freedom when there's no such thing ["An indecent power grab," discussing legislation to increase FCC fines for broadcasting "indecent" material, Editorials, Feb. 20]. Total freedom would hurtle us over the cliff of anarchy on which the Register keeps teetering in the misguided belief in the viewpoint that "anything goes." Sexual perversion on the screen or foul language screamed in public are not speech. They're acts that bottom-feeders of our society have insinuated into our Constitution. When we say what we think, thougn prohibited from using foul language or indeceny, we do...