FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 18, 2012
Entertainment Industry for its Response to the Newtown Tragedy
LOS ANGELES (December 18, 2012) – Today, Parents Television Council
president Tim Winter commended the entertainment industry for its
immediate response to the tragedy in Newtown, CT.
“The Parents Television Council applauds the action of corporations
and individuals in the entertainment industry who have taken
extraordinary measures to alter their business activities out of
respect and concern for those impacted by the tragedy of Newtown.
But we also ask those same corporations and individuals why that
respect and concern would be temporary,” said PTC president Tim
“If a television network changes its programming because of content
that could be insensitive today, why would that same content be
appropriate at a later time? If a music mogul makes a passionate
plea for civility, why would there be a later time to profit from
lyrics and videos that eschew civility? If producers and performers
rightly question whether their industry is complicit in creating a
violent media culture that feeds real-life tragedies, why would
there be a later time to produce and distribute more of it?
“The entire business premise of entertainment media is the behavior
change of the consumer. The ability to influence behavior does not
end when the advertisement is over and the program resumes.
“According to one study, ‘Media violence and the American public:
Scientific facts versus media misinformation,’ the statistical
relationship between children’s exposure to violent media portrayals
and their subsequent aggressive behavior has been shown to be
stronger than the relationship between calcium intake and bone mass;
stronger than the relationship between condom use and the risk of
contracting HIV; and stronger than the exposure to second-hand smoke
in the workplace and the risk of lung cancer. Yet these are all
conditions on which we base our nation’s public policies.
“Today we applaud the positive actions of the entertainment industry
- but with an important caveat: Act responsibly tomorrow, next week,
and next year, as our nation heals from the Newtown tragedy,”
To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council,
please contact Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120
or Katie Glenn at (703) 683-5004, ext. 144.
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 more than 1.3 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.