PTC Fires Back At Fox Over Claim Of Bogus Indecency Complaints To FCC
February 19, 2014 at 3:56 AM (PT)
The contention by FOX that the FCC should fix its indecency complaint procedures due to bogus filings drew an opposing response from the group that generates most of the content complaints sent to the Commission. BROADCASTING AND CABLE reports that the PARENTS TELEVISION COUNCIL said indecency complaints found to be defective "should be set aside and dismissed," but called FOX's filing a "desperate diversionary tactic" and added that the FCC is "bound by law to act, one way or the other, on the more than 400,000 pending indecency complaints before it."
PTC Dir./Communications and Policy DAN ISETT denied that his organization "encourage(d) the filing of any bogus complaints, and we never would." The organization offers e-mail alerts encouraging members to complain about particular shows, including the episode of "FAMILY GUY" at issue in the fake-complainant situation cited by FOX, and some of the language from the PTC e-mail was included in the letters FOX told the FCC were from nonexistent parties at non-residential addresses in several markets.