Tuesday, March 01, 2005

[politics] By the numbers: the FCC and Nipplegate

“For the price of Janet Jackson’s ‘wardrobe malfunction’ during the Super Bowl, you could cause the wrongful death of an elderly patient in a nursing home and still have enough money left to create dangerous mishaps at two nuclear reactors. (Actually, you might be able to afford four ‘nuke malfunctions’: The biggest fine levied by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last year was only $60,000.)”
Rolling Stone, by way of SpeakSpeak.org... Here's how the folks at SpeakSpeak describe themselves:
SpeakSpeak was created in a response to the right-wing's stranglehold on the FCC. Conservative activists have hijacked the FCC's complaint process. As a result, the FCC levied almost $8 million in obscenity fines in 2004. We're here to remind the FCC that the Parents Television Council does not speak for all of us. It bears repeating: The PTC does not speak for all of us. Now, the rest of America needs to speak up.
They provide some excellent resources for those of us concerned about the undue influence wielded by the self-appointed guardians of public decency on the far-Right. Use 'em for all they're worth! (yeah, yeah, I know... I was going to give politics a break... feh.)

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