Copps Defends FCC's Positions In KMOX Interview
June 6, 2007 at 5:44 AM (PT)
FCC Commissioner MICHAEL COPPS guested on CBS Talk KMOX-A/ST. LOUIS with afternoon host PAUL HARRIS and defended his agency's anti-indecency activity in the face of a federal court's rejection of the "fleeting expletives" ban as well as his stance on pushing for more regulation of public service broadcasting.
Under tough questioning, COPPS disagreed with HARRIS' contention that "the public doesn't care" about public affairs programming, claiming that he hears from many people asking for that kind of show; decried the lack of diversity in ownership and programming; sidestepped HARRIS' question on why he wants broadcasters to provide more coverage of political conventions when the candidates are generally decided before the event; rejected the idea that content complaints are coming mostly from organized pressure groups, saying "it's not our job to go back and trace everyone back" and that he receives many complaints "obviously written from the heart"; and disagreeing with HARRIS' contention that the Commission is getting into content regulation, saying, "we're not telling people what to say" but that "the American people have a right to expect" coverage and that the law -- the Communications Act of 1934 -- requires public service.
Hear the exchange by clicking here.