Adelstein Calls For Content Restrictions To 'Protect Kids'
June 12, 2008 at 5:31 AM (PT)
At WASHINGTON's MEDIA INSTITUTE WEDNESDAY, FCC Commissioner JONATHAN ADELSTEIN called for a further crackdown on broadcast content for indecency and violence. "I believe I speak for millions of parents when I say we’re overwhelmed, fed up and looking for help from the government and the industry alike,"
ADELSTEIN said, complaining that "the Commission has not done all it can to protect children in a legally sustainable and constitutionally permissible manner. The Commission has failed to take some of the more basic steps. We have limited authority to protect children in this age of convergence. So wherever we have clear authority, we need to act ... We are stuck in the mud on the railroad tracks with a freight train bearing down upon us. Standing still is not a good option. We need to find a way to get moving."
...weâ??re overwhelmed, fed up and looking for help from the government and the industry alike.
Saying that his own seven-year-old son had encountered a bloody, violent TV show that made ADELSTEIN have to comfort him in the middle of the night, ADELSTEIN criticized the FCC's own report on violence for adding "little, if any, analysis to the debate. The report surely did not display the experience and informed judgment of an expert federal agency that has regulated media content over 70 years. Nor did it deal adequately with the constitutional dimensions of regulating violent content on free over-the-air TV, or subscription-based cable and satellite TV services."
ADELSTEIN called for time and place regulation of violence, a study of the V-chip and blocking technology, stronger TV ratings (including rating of commercials), and making TV manufacturers set new TVs to default to allowing only "TV-7" programming until consumers reset the block to their preference.