2004-12-06

Indecency Complaints Come from One Group, Says Report

The startling rise in indecency complaints -- from fewer than 350 in 2000and 2001 to 14,000 in 2002 to 240,000 in 2003 -- was attributed Sunday toa single activist group, the Parents Television Council, part of L. BrentBozell's conservative Media Research Center. Mediaweek reported that anFCC analysis of the complaints dated Oct. 1, 2004 found that 99.9 percentof all indecency complaints had been brought by the PTC. The tradepublication's report came only two days after FCC Chairman Michael Powellwrote in a New York Times Op-Ed article: "Advocacy groups do generate manycomplaints, as our critics note, but that's not unusual in today'sInternet world...that fact does not minimize the merits of the groups'concerns." But Jonathan Rintels, head of the Center for Creative Voices inMedia, an artists' advocacy group, told Mediaweek that its report demonstrates how "a tiny minority with a very focused political agenda istrying to censor American television and radio."

No surprise here: America is full of fascists and mini-Hitlers.

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