Thursday, March 03, 2005
Ted Stevens wants to apply decency standards to pay TV
"Cable is a much greater violator in the indecency area," the Alaska Republican told the National Association of Broadcasters, which represents most local television and radio affiliates. "I think we have the same power to deal with cable as over-the-air" broadcasters.
"There has to be some standard of decency," he said. But he also cautioned that "No one wants censorship."
No one but Ted Stevens. Hey, maybe the Senator would like to see the return of the fairness doctrine. Am I going too far in making that comparison? Well what would be a better argument for government regulation of the content of radio broadcasts than governement regulation of the content of television and radio broadcasts. Instapundit points to two blogs making the argument against regulation of private television based of public decency standards.
You're not going to get everything you want. That's life-- we South Park Republicans, we Kid Rock Conservatives, don't get everything we want, either.
And if you push it -- if you actually try to force your values on us -- you may find you suddenly aren't part of a winning coalition passing the most-widely-accepted parts of its agenda, but rather part of a losing coaltion, and watching another coalition -- this one liberal-leaning -- passing much of its own.
There is a fine line between stupid and clever, decent and indecent. But there is no problem defining public and private. That demarcation is crystal clear. That is where we should draw the line on government interference. I am fairly sure the majority of Republican representatives understand this. They better if they like being in the majority.