National Religious Broadcasters say FCC should stay tough on indecency

Group proposes just two acceptable exceptions

It's been proposed that the FCC should only concern itself with the worst of the worst when it comes to indecent material on the broadcast airwaves, but that's apparently not good enough for the country's religious broadcasters.

No, the National Religious Broadcasters want the regulators to stand firm against expletives and other indecent material, so they've dutifully proposed two — and only two — allowable exceptions:

  1. Unexpected use of something like the "F-word" in a live event broadcast
  2. Such words in a program with “serious artistic, literary, social, political, or scientific value for children.” 
“We believe," writes NRB general counsel Craig Parshall, "that the rules should be enforced against all indecency between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m., not just the most outrageous kind. Our children are worth protecting, and that notion has been made clear by the Supreme Court."

NRB president and CEO Dr. Frank Wright added, "Families with children need a media safe harbor. From the standpoint of protecting children, there are already many dangers permitted in broadcast programs and ads. It would be egregious for the FCC to lower its standards more."

What do you think about the NRB's proposal? Are they on the right track? Is it unfair to subject broadcast media to standards that cable networks need not adhere to? You tell me.

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