Supreme Court to rule on vulgarity in broadcasting
The United States Supreme Court yesterday agreed to take a case involving the annual Billboard Music Awards broadcast on Fox Television Network during which the vulgar Cher Bono uttered an obscenity and a year later during the same show smut artist Nichole Richie uttered a different vulgarity. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) warned broadcasters about future violations of the law and that the broadcasters could be fined. The corrupt broadcast networks including Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC have maintained that they have to keep up with the vulgarities which the cable television networks get away with each night and which viewers voluntarily pay to watch in their homes.
Just last month, on Meridith Viera's "Today" show on NBC, Jane Fonda, the infamous anti-Vietnam War traitor, said the "C-word" in describing the thoroughly disgusting play, "The _ -Monologues." A few weeks before that, smut actress Diane Keaton used the F-word on Diane Sawyer's "Good Morning America" on ABC, a live show, which is supposed to use a time-delay to avoid children hearing these obscenities.
Christian Coalition of America has urged Kevin Martin, the Chairman of the FCC -- appointed by President George W. Bush -- and his fellow commissioners to use the mandate which Congress imposed on the FCC to greatly increase the fines they have imposed on the networks for indecency in their programs. The FCC commissioners have imposed fines ever so sparingly.
It was encouraging to see the statement made earlier this year by FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate who wrote: "The law is simple. If a broadcaster makes the decision to show indecent programming, it must air between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. This is neither difficult to understand nor burdensome to implement.
The United States Congress gave the FCC the tools to act against these smut-filled television networks and for the most part the FCC has refused to use their mandate to act. Congress overwhelmingly gave the FCC their mandate when it passed Kansas Senator Sam Brownback's and Michigan Congressman Fred Upton's "Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005." The House of Representatives passed the bill 379-35 and the Senate passed it unanimously, afterwhich President Bush signed it into law in June 2006. The new law increases fines for indecency violations by television and radio broadcasters by tenfold to up to $325,000 per violation. Fox Television alone could have been fined $650,000 for its two indecency violations at the Billboard Music Awards.
Now for the first time in 30 years, the Supreme Court will make a ruling on whether or not obscenities such as those uttered by Cher Bono, Nicole Richie, Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton -- all obviously trying to emulate and impress equally crude men in uttering obscenities -- will be allowed of broadcast television. Each of these broadcast networks on the public airwaves owned by the American people can have their licenses taken away from them if the American people finally rise up against the inceasing tidal wave of vulgarity on television. The Supreme Court needs to do the right thing and rule in favor of America's children.