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Television is an even worse “vast waste land” than previously thought


     Grassfire has learned that CBS television told a federal court yesterday that the new “zero tolerance” policy for indecent broadcasts is threatening to choke off free speech. According to the Hollywood Reporter, there are two legal battles that may determine whether the government can slap broadcasters with big fines and threaten their licenses. Click here to read the complete story: http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?u=1198&rid=10984945 . But there is more to this story than what the Hollywood Reporter is reporting. Even while these cases are playing out, NBC/Universal CEO Robert Wright is lobbying the courts and anyone who will listen in Washington for the right to drop an f-bomb, or use the s-word on national television. However, earlier he boasted that broadcasters are “the most responsible, community-focused providers of programming in the business.” With a shift in power on Capitol Hill, broadcasters are eager to reinstate the old enforcement regime which amounted to a gentle slap on the wrist and a wink. We know we must remain vigilant in our efforts of promoting decency and trust over our airwaves, which is why we have teamed with Brent Bozell and his Media Research Center (MRC). The MRC is the nation's pre-eminent media watchdog, and has already helped Grassfire a great deal. In fact, Brent Bozell's latest column “The CEO of Silliness” is a must read for everyone who is engaged in the battle for broadcast decency. Click here to read Bozell's column: http://www.grassfire.net/r.asp?u=1199&rid=10984945 . After reading this update, please forward it to your friends–urging them to join with you in efforts to protect and restore decency to our airwaves by clicking here: http://www.grassfire.org/39/petition.asp?PID=10984945 . Thanks. (Steve Elliott, President, Grassfire.org Alliance; 11/22/06.)

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