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June 04, 2004
Opponents of Cable Indecency Regulation
Broadcasting & Cable reports that presumptive Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry has come out, sort of, against indecency regulations for cable television (Kerry Opposes Cable Indecency Crackdown):
"I think there is a distinction between public broadcast and the notions weve had historically about family time, family hour -- and what you buy privately and personally," Kerry told C-SPAN in an interview to be broadcast Sunday.
"I am not in favor of government interference and censorship and restriction of what an individual privately can decide to do in their home, in their own space, so to speak," he said, but he did seem to be OK with indecency regulation "where you have children involved, where you have a broader crossection of the public, where there is sort of a sense of family time or hour."
Not quite a ringing endorsement of free speech. Yes, he sees a distinction between cable and broadcast, but if there are "children involved, where you have a broader crossection of the public," then regulation would be okay, apparently. Perhaps someone should let him know that it isn't only the rich who have cable today, that some 85% of Americans (a broad crossection of America and many of whom are children) get television via cable. Nor does Kerry believe there has been an overreaction to Nipplegate
: "there are some standards and pretty generally people should know what they are." Yeah, it would really be nice to know what the standards are. Kerry also seems to be implying that the crackdown on Howard Stern
is justified, that it is not part of an overreaction.
Unsurprisingly, the libertarian CATO Institute's Adam Thierer isn't afraid to come out strongly against cable censorship in the National Review (A PG Tony Soprano). UCLA Law Professor Stephen Bainbridge completely agrees (I Want my Sopranos Uncensored).
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