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Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2006


PTC to the Senate: A Vote Against Indecency Legislation is a Vote Against Families

 

LOS ANGELES (May 3, 2006) – The Parents Television Council™ is calling on the U.S. Senate to pass indecency legislation that would increase fines to broadcasters for violating the indecency laws.  According to the staff of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), he has called for a vote on the House version of the indecency bill which passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support.

 

"Any Senator who blocks passage of the indecency legislation is siding with those who want to pollute the airwaves with raunch and is against the American people," said L. Brent Bozell, president of the PTC™.

 

"Let me be very clear about this: we will make a national issue out of this should any Senator attempt to block the will of the American people.

 

"Countless studies and polls find that Americans want broadcasters to be held to greater accountability for routinely broadcasting graphic sex, violence and foul language over the public airwaves and for violating commonsense decency standards.  There is no reason why the Senators should ignore the voices of millions of Americans who are fed up with the broadcasters who have a blatant disregard for the indecency law.  The broadcasters have shown their true colors by filing a legal challenge claiming they have the right to broadcast sewage over the public airwaves to impressionable children without being held accountable.

 

"We're calling on the Senate to increase fines to broadcasters for violating indecency law.  The current paltry fines have proven they are not enough of a deterrent to broadcasters who continue to push raunchy content down the throats of millions of families," said Bozell.

 

Several polls and studies find overwhelming support for indecency legislation:

  • In a Time magazine poll (3/20/05), 53 percent of respondents said that they think the FCC should place stricter controls on broadcast-channel shows depicting sex and violence. 68 percent believe the entertainment industry has lost touch with viewers' moral standards. 66 percent said there is too much violence on open-air TV, 58 percent said too much cursing and 50 percent said there is too much sexual content on TV. 49 percent say FCC regulation should be extended to cover basic cable.

  • According to a New York Times/CBS News Poll (11/23/04), 70% of adult Americans are worried that "popular culture – that is, television, movies and music – is lowering the moral standards of the country."

  • According to a national survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation (9/23/04), 89% of parents are "concerned about children's exposure to inappropriate content in entertainment media, especially on TV."

  • According to a national survey by the Barna Group (7/26/04), only 15% of adults support allowing "the ‘F-word' on broadcast TV."

  • According to a Chicago Tribune poll (7/4/04), 58% of adults "approve of heavy FCC fines of radio stations due to broadcasts they consider indecent."

  • According to the State of the 1st Amendment Survey, released by the 1st Amendment Center (6/29/04), 65% of adults think "government should have the power to regulate during the morning, afternoon and early evening hours those broadcast television programs that contain references to sexual activity."

To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Kelly Oliver at (703) 683-5004, ext. 140.


The Parents Television Council™ (www.parentstv.org®) is a non-partisan education organization advocating responsible entertainment. It was founded in 1995 to ensure that children are not constantly assaulted by sex, violence and profanity on television and in other media. This national grassroots organization has over one million members across the United States, and works with television producers, broadcasters, networks and sponsors in an effort to stem the flow of harmful and negative messages targeted to children. The PTC also works with elected and appointed government officials to enforce broadcast decency standards. Most importantly, the PTC produces critical research and publications documenting the dramatic increase in sex, violence and profanity in entertainment. This information is provided free of charge so parents can make informed viewing choices for their own families.

 

 

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