FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2011
Praises Obama Administration for Urging
the Supreme Court to Affirm Broadcast
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,
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.
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.
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.