"Every day that passes without a decency bill is
another day that broadcasters have defeated a bill that protects the
innocence of our children. The increase in fines to broadcasters
for violating indecency laws has received overwhelming bi-partisan
support from members in the House and Senate, and the House already
passed this legislation.
"Sen. Stevens has made known that he wants to wait
for broadcasters to educate the public on the ratings system and
V-chip, both of which have been proven unreliable for parents to
use. Sen. Stevens has indicated that he wants to wait for the
market to demand indecency legislation. Yet the market has already
spoken that it wants indecency legislation. Sen. Stevens has
rejected the market, the families across America who want to create
a stronger incentive for broadcasters to follow the law.
"The networks have done nothing to clean up their
acts. The industry's idea of self-regulation is to sue for the
right to use the ‘f-word' and ‘s-word' regardless of the time of
day. The industry would also rather pour millions of dollars into
promoting a failed ratings system and V-chip so that parents can
learn how to block the filth the networks are broadcasting.
"Quite simply, the networks cannot be trusted. So
why does Sen. Stevens, who has already gotten a slap in the face
from the networks with their legal challenge, want to wait for the
same networks to follow the indecency law? Why does Sen. Stevens
want to be known as the one who refused to raise fines against
multi-billion dollar corporations that routinely violate commonsense
decency standards with offensive material?
"The Senate needs to pass this bill today. We're
calling on Sen. Stevens to be the leader who makes this happen by
the end of the Congressional year. By using his authority, he can
go from zero to hero in a matter of minutes," concluded Bozell.