TV Junkie: FCC Indecency Rules 'Vague & Chilling'
Yesterday it was announced that U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York labelled the Federal Communications Commission's indecency rules "unconstitutionally vague and chilling." Between the arbitrary identification of obscenity and the random assessment of fines, from a couple thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands, broadcasters of live events have been on tenterhooks until this ruling. Smaller broadcasters, in particular, were in danger of being shut down if even a violation was filed against them as either paying the fine, or funding a lawyer to fight the fine.Initially when we read about the appellate decision we thought, of course, if this goes to the Supreme Court, they would reverse it because wouldn't they just love to put a nail in the coffin for the "liberal media". But the Supreme Court is on the horns of a dilemma as the broadcaster referred to in the appellate case is none other than Fox. Would the Republican-controlled Supreme Court really shut down the Republican mouthpiece? Unlikely. Now we just have to get our heads around the idea that corporations have the same rights as individuals, yet none of the responsibilities, like reporting their political spending.
Stuff We've Been Watching Lately: Rough Cuts: Fox's new Fall lineup (pretty good, especially with the comedies); CBS' new Fall lineup (needs some work, but am hopeful - "Hawaii Five-O" is ridiculous but entertaining); "Pillars of the Earth" from Starz which premieres on July 23rd (surprisingly good!); Nick Nolte's new self-documentary, "Nick Nolte: No Exit", on Sundance which airs on August 2nd (hilarious _and_ informative).
The TV Junkie Plan: "Attack of the Show", "Penn & Teller: Bulls...!", "The Green Room With Paul Provenza" (Tommy Smothers, Martin Mull, Penn Jillette), "Burn Notice", "Boston Med", Letterman (Jimmy Cliff), Fallon.
Friday AM: Tour de France