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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

The End of HBO, Cinemax and Pay-Per View Porn?

Ts_smile_1 Barton_index_pheadshot_1Senator Ted Stevens (R) from Alaska and Congressman Joe Barton (R) from Texas have expressed an interest in expanding their "clean up of the airwaves" campaign to include paid cable and satellite radio transmissions. I guess the cable industry is going to have to step  up their contributions to Senator Ted Stevens and Congressman Joe Barton because according to figures compiled from last year they haven't been paying much attention to these guys.

With the advent of cable and satellite broadcasts Stevens feels these laws for governing public airwaves are antiquated and outdated and should cover both types of broadcasts.

Stevens was asked whether the government has the right to regulate paid services and his response was.

"I think that's wrong," he said. "I think we have the same power to deal with cable as over-the-air because of the combination of the two."

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the entire cable TV network and satellite shows transmitted over equipment owned and maintained by the corporations? Just because it comes out of the same box as public broadcasts shouldn't give the government the right to regulate paid cable.

Barton isn't far behind Stevens slanted way of thinking.

"If we can work out the Constitutional questions, I'd be supportive of that. I think they ought to ... to the extent it's possible, (play by) the same rules," Barton told reporters. "It's not fair to subject over-the-air broadcasters to one set of rules and not subject cable and satellite to no rules. So I'm supportive of what the senator says."

I think what Barton was trying to say is that they just need to figure out a way to get around that pesky first amendment and they should be good to go with the beginning to the end of HBO or pay-per-view porn. That would suck! (to lose HBO I mean, I'm still waiting for the next season of the Soprano's to come out).

One good thing to note about this upcoming battle is that anti-indecency groups have jumped on the band wagon because in an ironic twist it gives them the oppurtunity to push there agenda of a la carte cable packages. This actually would be good for the consumer because you would only pay for the channels you want to watch.

I thought the Republicans were for a non-intrusive government. I guess they only want  a non-intrusive government when it applies to corporate governance but individual rights should be regulated so that we can all become as righteous as them.

Oh, and they also want to regulate what kind of streaming media you post on your weblog and the type of language you use. So until that regulation is passed you can go fuck yourselves and your self righteous bullshit because I pay for this crap. If you personally don't like your TV stations then just cancel your cable subscription and leave the rest of us the alone!

Posted by The Bastard at 04:00 PM in Current Affairs, Politics, Television | Permalink


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That is the danger of censorship. When the government or other entity begins censoring small things, they have a tendency to work up to larger things. It is dangerous.

Posted by: Joseph (Advocate of Democracy) | Mar 30, 2005 4:04:58 PM

Isn't government censorship a trademark of fascism?

Just asking.

Posted by: mulligan | Mar 30, 2005 6:11:24 PM

Hmm, I guess that the so-called "conservatives" only want less government when it suits them.

Posted by: Scott | Mar 30, 2005 6:12:55 PM

So basically this is just a shakedown by Stevens and Barton.

Heh... figures. It's probably some sort of side bet between Barton and DeLay on who can raise the most money with the least ethical considerations being involved... and Barton has enlisted Stevens to help him win the bet.

Posted by: Kevin | Mar 30, 2005 7:10:31 PM

Wow Tom Delay in a contest of the least ethics. Damn you'd have to give the other guy a handicap!

Posted by: The Cranky Liberal | Mar 30, 2005 7:17:17 PM

What... giving him Stevens isn't enough of a handicap?


Posted by: Kevin | Mar 31, 2005 12:49:03 AM

These "limited government" conservatives are something else. If your job has been outsourced, or you've been bankrupted by a 6-figure hospital bill, these "self-reliance" types will tell you to go F$#% yourself. But if you complain to these same people that you were offended by a TV program, they'll get all coddling and touchy-feely and go "Aww, the poor baby, you can't figure out how to work your remote; we'll protect you. Don't you worry about a thing, little one. We'll protect you."

These wingnuts have to go.

It's almost worth checking out their website and filing a bogus "complaint" against the most innocuous TV show you can think of -- Dr. Phil, Mr. Rogers, you name it. They make it so easy, they're practically inviting you to complain about something. Take them up on it.

Posted by: tomharper | Mar 31, 2005 2:58:34 AM

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