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16 Jul

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MEDIA ALERT: I’ll Be On CNBC on MONDAY Night. . .

July 16, 2005 | By | 3 Comments

UPDATE: Bumped! By Aruba. . . What, not by Harry Potter?

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Tune in to CNBC Monday night at 10 — I’ll be on “The Big Idea” with Donny Deutsch, discussing whether or not Internet porn is good for marriages. . .

Wait one, I’m thinking, I’m thinking. . . NO. Let’s see how many different ways I can come up with to say that in half an hour. Also on the panel is a sex therapist who will say, of course, that porn is, well, therapeutic. Whatever. Should be fun.

Drop by afterward and let me know what you think!

12 Jul

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Reasoned Audacity on CNN — the Cable Industry and Indecency

July 12, 2005 | By | 2 Comments

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I didn’t know that the CNN show that I taped awhile back did finally make it on air. Today I stumbled across a transcript over at

SpeakSpeak.org that Amanda Toering has posted under “Stupidity Affects Us All.”

The “stupidity” she refers to? I believe that would be me.

See what you think.

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(“SpeakSpeak was created in a response to the right-wing’s stranglehold on the FCC.”)

Filed under “Right Watch” by Amanda Toering — 07/06/2005 — 12:12 pm

CNN’s “Wolf Blitzer Reports” aired a piece yesterday about broadcast indecency and, specifically, the engorged content descriptors now shown at the beginning of most broadcast segments.

During the report, a spokesperson for the Family Research Council states explicitly what the FRC and Parents Television Council regularly imply implicitly: We Americans are so fragile and impressionable that the government ought to protect us from naughty words, racy images, and the like.

JOHN KING (HOST): Have you noticed something different recently while watching cable TV? No, not that Wolf actually took a few days off. That ratings box, in the upper corner of your screen, has gotten bigger. The cable industry says it’s an effort to give parents more control over what their kids watch, but it’s part of a broader campaign to keep the government from having remote control. CNN’s Mary Snow reports.

MARY SNOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): It started with Janet Jackson’s bare breast during the 2004 Super Bowl network broadcast. A curse during a televised awards show by rocker Bono heated things up, and complaints grew about indecency and sex on network TV.

That was on the networks, but a year and a half later on cable, you’ll now see this [graphic]. And this [graphic] on cable.

The cable industry has tuned in to the complaints about indecency, and spent $250 million to educate parents on how to control what their kids watch on TV.

Part of the effort: An enlarged ratings system on screen, similar to the one used in movies.

Have parents noticed? Some industry observers say, not so much. But politicians did.

BILL MCCONNELL, BROADCASTING AND CABLE: A lot of lawmakers were threatening to hit cable — cable networks with the same type of indecency restrictions that broadcasters face. A lot of that talk has died down.

SNOW: While the talk may have died down, it hasn’t died.

CHARMAINE YOEST, FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL: Putting a warning label on something is not a license for them to just dump raw sewage into our culture.

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