Supreme Court weighs allowing cursing, nudity on TV
Should regulations be loosened?
- Duration 5:10
- Date Jan 11, 2012
Should regulations be loosened?
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The US Supreme Court is now considering a challenge to government rules barring cursing and nudity on the major networks.
Least during most hours of the day the basic argument is that standards have changed since 1950s and sixties and broadcaster should not be held to such strict guidelines.
Plays by much more casual rules.
During yesterday's hearing before the High Court Chief Justice John Roberts said quote.
All were asking for what the government that is is asking for.
Is a few channels where you can say I am not going to hear the S word or the F word.
Now we should note that Fox News channel's parent company News -- is among the broadcasters.
Challenging the FCC rules.
Tony Perkins is president of the family research council they want the rules to be enforced.
So now I'm an awkward positions but I will take the deposition.
Of my employer.
And say what is wrong with loosening the rules.
For all of the networks when it's already loose and bit they are arguing.
The News -- and other organizations that it's arbitrary you enforce it in certain circumstances you know anti immunity but not other circumstances.
Well I would ask you to put your mom had -- -- sitting -- fox -- and take a look at Celtics don't watch -- -- -- we're talking about a standard actually goes back to 1970s when Supreme Court weighed in on this before these that's what's at question here in this case.
We're talking about the public airwaves that you and I -- -- the American public on these airwaves that's what we're talk about that cable.
We're talking Revere and the hours from six until 6 in the morning -- 10 -- at night.
When this thing headed there -- -- to be a safe haven for kids you know -- parents are very concerned about this in fact day.
-- Kaiser Family Foundation poll couple years ago showed that.
66% of parents want these tougher regulations.
In -- more recent US Catholic bishops.
Survey showed that 80% of parents are concerned.
About the content on television.
But now the broadcasters argue that's exactly why we should leave it to the free market and you don't need government regulations to ensure that the content will stay.
PG rated because if they start to go with the F bomb.
On mainstream you know sort of broadcast television.
Then parents are going to be so outrage that they're gonna contact advertisers they're gonna talk contact those broadcasters and say no no no.
Unfortunately parents are not monitoring what their kids are saying all the -- state television become like a -- babies there.
And parents aren't watching over their children's shoulders they want them they -- safe haven -- -- you can watch this counting what's that counts can't watch this channel for catch you watching that.
TV's out for a week.
Well they don't want the language in the partial nudity or whatever -- is he's shown -- we've seen these incidents increased rapidly.
In the last were probably five years we've seen it go from just a handful of incidents to literally hundreds.
Of these cases of indecent material.
I didn't know why you need predictability and you need consistency that they can't enforce the law an arbitrary way and what justice Ginsburg who's won one of the laughter.
How more liberal jurists said yesterday was.
There's an inconsistency in the enforcement because she said for example yes is he objects to and nudity in an NYPD blue episode but not the airing of Schindler's List well.
There there there's a valid argument there to some degree.
But the argument -- on the other side of that has been well these are actual incidents this is more of telling of news or history as opposed to.
Where you're just kind of throwing these things out to add flair or flavor.
To how about a fictional.
They mentioned the nude scene in in.
The musical hair I mean would that be appropriate for air on broadcast -- I don't think it would.
And I don't think parents -- that we we did appalling it was interests and we did a polling nationwide poll few years ago.
On the issue of marriage on the issue of homosexuality and all these things going on our culture you know what ranked at the top.
Concern over content on public television on on the public airwaves parents were more concerned about the F bomb and they're not running around saying this guy's -- But they certainly don't want big bird dropping the F bomb what their kids -- -- continues.
That likely to happen it well and I'm really -- -- is probably more likely he's camera should get back.
We think is gonna happen because -- bit lower court sided with the media.
-- -- -- Things those I talked to they were in the court yesterday that the news that justices were asking some questions that appeared to be that there were on the side of the US government.
That is the FCC.
Arguing in favor of these regulations so.
It's it's not a done deal but I'm somewhat optimistic that the court will come down the side that the FCC does have the ability to regulate the -- I guess there was a funny moment in court when they were looking at the frieze above the justices -- one of the lawyers pointed out that there there were some.
Naked bottoms on the freeze and any said he you know your eyes as a person I've ever -- -- Justice Scalia said.
Need to know.
Well there's some other things that happen in that court that kids shouldn't see a that's definitely right -- cover the car for several years Tony Perkins thank you so much sir good to be -- -- it.