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Press Release

April 21, 2011


PTC Praises Obama Administration for Urging the Supreme Court to Affirm Broadcast Decency


LOS ANGELES (April 21, 2011) – The Parents Television Council® praised the Obama Administration for standing up for parents and families by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the broadcast decency law.

“PTC members and families across the country called on the Obama Administration to stand up for broadcast decency. Today, their voices were heard. Without an appeal before the April 21 deadline, the FCC stood to lose all Congressionally-mandated authority over indecent broadcast TV content.

“Today’s appeal is a step in the right direction, but we urge the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the children and families who will be impacted if the broadcast decency law is dismantled. The High Court must not give the broadcast networks the opportunity to use narrow, misguided circuit court rulings to nullify the will of the American people, the intent of the U.S. Congress and several decades of Supreme Court precedent.

“A Zogby poll commissioned by the PTC this month showed that 75 percent of people feel there’s already too much sex, violence and profanity on television. If Americans think TV is graphic now, imagine what no decency law whatsoever would do to the TV landscape. It would become open season for everything from unedited ‘f-words’ to full-frontal nudity.

“We urge the High Court to affirm the broadcast decency law and hold broadcasters accountable in exchange for their free use of the public airwaves. Even with the law in place, the networks have proven they will push the envelope and violate the public trust time and time again. There’s no question: The uniquely pervasive nature of their medium, which broadcasters feverishly tout to any advertiser who will listen, requires a commonsense level of accountability,” Winter concluded.


To speak with a representative from the Parents Television Council, please contact Megan Franko at (703) 859-5054 or Liz Krieger at (703) 683-5004 ext. 120.

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.





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