Tuesday, March 14, 2006


Should the FCC be allowed to control what is seen, heard, said, etc. on cable television? They control broadcast tv, but is cable a different story?

I heard an interview on NPR today where the guy was talking about a show he writes for and produces on FX. He said his show (The Shield) went on the air before the FCC got all wonky with their restrictions. (What he really said was something about conservative Republicans padding the FCC with people of their choosing.) He felt lucky that his show had already set its tone before the FCC began to "threaten" cable shows. So while he agrees that the FCC does not yet control cable networks, he does admit that there is a threat. He also said that there is this underlying apprehension that pretty soon all shows on all networks are going to be restricted to the type of material that a six-year-old should be allowed to watch.

So what do you think? Should the FCC be allowed to control cable?

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