FCC Considers Relaxing Indecency Standards

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Air Date: April 22, 2013

Host: Jim Schneider

Guest: Patrick Trueman

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Patrick Trueman is the CEO & President of Morality in Media. He is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1988-1993. He supervised the prosecution of child sex crimes, child pornography and obscenity. With more than 3 decades as a lawyer, he has litigated cases at all levels of the federal system including the United States Supreme Court.

Just when you thought that network television couldn’t get much worse, news is now coming forth that the Federal Communications Commission (F.C.C.) is considering a relaxing of the current indecency standards so that nudity and expletives can be broadcast.

According to Patrick, the federal statute says that on broadcast TV (not Cable TV) you’re not allowed to have any indecency or profanity. That law is supposed to be administered by the F.C.C. The current chairman, Julius Genachowski, has claimed that this was tied up in the courts. That was not the case. He simply hasn’t enforced the law since President Obama put him in office. Now that he’s leaving his post, he wants to change the law (that he wouldn’t enforce) to say that nudity and profanity are fine as long as there aren’t sustained incidents.

Making matters worse is the fact that Mr. Genachowski’s department has trashed more than one million citizen complaints to the F.C.C.

Find out how the Supreme Court dealt with broadcast indecency and obscenity decades ago, how that contrasts with Obama’s F.C.C. and the broadcast networks today and what you can do to make a difference.

More Information:

Regardless of the form of communication you use in contacting the Federal Communications Commission, it’s important that you reference Docket # 13-86.

To send a comment to the F.C.C. by e-mail go to:

To comment by snail-mail before the May 20th deadline write to:

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th St. SW
Washington, DC 20554

To contact your House and Senate representatives regarding this issue call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 (Congressmen) or 202-225-3121 (Senators).

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