I’ve got a new editorial up over on the City Journal website today about the FCC’s new effort to regulate violence on television. I begin by noting that the FCC probably wouldn’t approve of my grandmother’s viewing choices for me back in the 1970s since I probably watched every episode of “The Three Stooges” with her as a kid. “Would The Three Stooges constitute ‘excessively violent’ programming unfit for a young child?” I ask. Who knows, and that’s just one of the many problems with the FCC’s new effort. See the rest of my editorial for details.
If you’re interested in this subject, I also want to draw your attention to this excellent editorial by First Amendment guru Robert Corn-Revere on the Freedom Forum website. Bob does an excellent job outlining the legal / constitutional issues that the FCC report ignored in its report. Bob’s essay is part of an excellent online symposium that the Freedom Forum has put together featuring many distinct viewpoints on this issue.
Finally, conservative columnist Cal Thomas had a column in The Washington Times a few days ago opposing the FCC’s regulatory effort. He argued that: “Anyone concerned about preserving the First Amendment and the rights it guarantees to free speech and free expression should worry about this latest assault on the Constitution. Conservatives who oppose regulation of talk radio, which most of them like, must be consistent and oppose overregulation of TV content they dislike.” Good for you, Cal !