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Old October 11th, 2005 #1
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Best thing for us all is to unplug TV altogether or as much as possible.

But if you do see a disgusting obscene thing on televitz, especially on Jewish Sumner Redstone's MTV, be sure and complain to the fedgovs.

http://www.fcc.gov/eb/oip/

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Regulation of Obscenity, Indecency and Profanity
It is a violation of federal law to air obscene programming at any time. It is also a violation of federal law to broadcast indecent or profane programming during certain hours. Congress has given the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) the responsibility for administratively enforcing the law that governs these types of broadcasts. The FCC has authority to issue civil monetary penalties, revoke a license or deny a renewal application. In addition, violators of the law, if convicted in a federal district court, are subject to criminal fines and/or imprisonment for not more than two years.

The FCC vigorously enforces this law where we find violations. In 2004 alone, the FCC took action in 12 cases, involving hundreds of thousands of complaints, assessing penalties and voluntary payments totaling approximately $8,000,000. The Commission has also toughened its enforcement penalties by proposing monetary penalties based on each indecent utterance in a broadcast, rather than proposing a single monetary penalty for the entire broadcast.

At the same time, however, the Commission is careful of First Amendment protections and the prohibitions on censorship and interference with broadcasters' freedom of speech. The FCC has denied complaints in cases in which we determined the broadcast was not indecent based on the overall context of the programming. Regardless of the outcome, the FCC strives to address every complaint within 9 months of its receipt.
 
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how to do so, from the FCC website

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How to File a Complaint


Complaints may be filed via:

U.S. Mail sent to:
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Enforcement Bureau, Investigations and Hearings Division
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554

Electronic Mail at [email protected]
Toll Free: 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322)
Fax: 1-888-418-0232


You can help us resolve your complaint more quickly by providing as much of the following information as possible: (1) the date and time the material was aired; (2) the call sign, channel, or frequency of the station; (3) the city and state where the program was viewed; and (4) as many details as possible about the content of the broadcast to help the FCC determine whether the material was obscene, profane, or indecent. You may support your allegations by a full or partial tape or transcript, or by providing a significant excerpt, but these are not required. The key is to provide enough information for staff to determine both the specific content of the complained-of material and the context in which it was broadcast. It is also helpful to include your address, e-mail address, phone number and time zone.

If you choose to submit a recording, you should send the recording to Federal Communications Commission, Investigations & Hearings Division/Enforcement Bureau, 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capital Heights, MD 20743. Any documentation of the programming becomes part of the Commission's records and cannot be returned.

The FCC has requested comment from the public on a proposed complaint form for obscene, profane, and/or indecent material. See Proposed Complaint Form. The proposed form (not yet available for use) will provide the public an easy method for submitting to the Commission all of the information that will help staff resolve complaints as expeditiously as possible.
 
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here is the FAQ

http://www.fcc.gov/eb/oip/FAQ.html

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Enforcement Process

How do I file a complaint? The FCC accepts complaints by letter, email, facsimile or telephone. If possible, your complaint should include the call sign of the station, the community where the station is located (city, state), and the date and time of the broadcast. Although not required, including this information greatly assists the FCC in processing your complaint quickly and efficiently. Your complaint should also contain enough detail about the material broadcast that the FCC can understand the exact words and language used. It is very helpful if the complaint includes a partial tape or transcript of the aired material or a significant excerpt. Please see the link “How to file a Complaint” for more complete information, including information on FCC web and mailing addresses.

Do I need to provide a tape or transcript of the program? No, a tape or transcript is not required. However, the FCC's determination as to whether material is indecent, profane, or potentially obscene rests upon its context. Your submission of a tape or transcript assists us in determining context, but an excerpt or description of the material may also be sufficient. FCC staff will usually send a letter of inquiry to the station if the complaint indicates that the program may be obscene, indecent or profane. At that stage of the investigation, the FCC usually requests a tape and transcript from the station.

What happens to my complaint once it is filed? The “Complaint Process Flow Chart” link provides a general description of how the FCC processes complaints. Once a complaint is filed, FCC staff scan or otherwise record it in a database. The complaint is then forwarded to the staff responsible for initial review. A station licensee may receive a letter of inquiry from the FCC requesting the information necessary to complete the investigation. At any stage of the investigation, if the FCC concludes that we need more information to process your complaint, or that the material is not obscene, indecent or profane, we will notify you by letter. If the FCC determines the material is indecent or profane, we will take further action, including possibly imposing monetary penalties. If the FCC determines the material is arguably obscene, we will refer the matter to the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice has authority to bring criminal prosecutions for the broadcast of obscene, indecent, or profane material. If convicted in a federal district court, violators may be subject to criminal fines and/or imprisonmant.

How do I determine the status of my complaint? You can ensure you remain apprised of the status of your complaint by sending a copy of your FCC complaint to the station that broadcast the material you found offensive. By doing so, you become a party to the investigation and all other parties to the investigation, including the FCC and the station licensee, must send you copies of all written communications between them, including any FCC letters of inquiry and licensee responses. You can also check on the status of your complaint by calling (202) 418-1420. You will be notified of the outcome of the FCC's investigation of your complaint via letter or by public order imposing a monetary sanction.

How long will it take for the FCC to act on my complaint? The FCC has numerous staff persons in the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau and the Enforcement Bureau processing, reviewing, and investigating allegations of obscenity, indecency, and/or profanity. The FCC addresses these allegations as quickly as possible, striving to address every complaint within 9 months of its receipt. However, because each case is different, we can't tell you how long it will take to resolve a particular complaint.

Will I be notified once the FCC has made a decision on my complaint? You will be notified of the FCC's decision on your complaint, either by letter or email, or by public order. Because each case is different, it is hard to predict exactly how long it will take for the agency to reach a decision. We take all complaints seriously, and act on them as quickly as possible. We strive to address every complaint within 9 months of its receipt.

The Law

What are the statutes and rules regarding the broadcast of obscene, indecent, and profane programming? Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1464, prohibits the utterance of “any obscene, indecent or profane language by means of radio communication.” Consistent with a subsequent statute and court case, the Commission's rules prohibit the broadcast of indecent material during the period of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. FCC decisions also prohibit the broadcast of profane material between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Civil enforcement of these requirements rests with the FCC, and is an important part of the FCC's overall responsibilities. At the same time, the FCC must be mindful of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and Section 326 of the Communications Act, which prohibit the FCC from censoring program material, or interfering with broadcasters' free speech rights.

What makes material “obscene?” Obscene speech is not protected by the First Amendment and broadcasters are prohibited, by statute and regulation, from airing obscene programming at any time. According to the U.S. Supreme Court, to be obscene, material must meet a three-prong test: (1) an average person, applying contemporary community standards, must find that the material, as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest (i.e., material having a tendency to excite lustful thoughts); (2) the material must depict or describe, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by applicable law; and (3) the material, taken as a whole, must lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. The Supreme Court has indicated that this test is designed to cover hard-core pornography.

What makes material “indecent?” Indecent material contains sexual or excretory material that does not rise to the level of obscenity. For this reason, the courts have held that indecent material is protected by the First Amendment and cannot be banned entirely. It may, however, be restricted to avoid its broadcast during times of the day when there is a reasonable risk that children may be in the audience. The FCC has determined, with the approval of the courts, that there is a reasonable risk that children will be in the audience from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., local time. Therefore, the FCC prohibits station licensees from broadcasting indecent material during that period.

Material is indecent if, in context, it depicts or describes sexual or excretory organs or activities in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium. In each case, the FCC must determine whether the material describes or depicts sexual or excretory organs or activities and, if so, whether the material is “patently offensive.”

In our assessment of whether material is “patently offensive,” context is critical. The FCC looks at three primary factors when analyzing broadcast material: (1) whether the description or depiction is explicit or graphic; (2) whether the material dwells on or repeats at length descriptions or depictions of sexual or excretory organs; and (3) whether the material appears to pander or is used to titillate or shock. No single factor is determinative. The FCC weighs and balances these factors because each case presents its own mix of these, and possibly other, factors.

What makes material “profane?” “Profane language” includes those words that are so highly offensive that their mere utterance in the context presented may, in legal terms, amount to a “nuisance.” In its Golden Globe Awards Order the FCC warned broadcasters that, depending on the context, it would consider the “F-Word” and those words (or variants thereof) that are as highly offensive as the “F-Word” to be “profane language” that cannot be broadcast between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

What is the “safe harbor”? The “safe harbor” refers to the time period between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., local time. During this time period, a station may air indecent and/or profane material. In contrast, there is no “safe harbor” for the broadcast of obscene material. Obscene material is entitled to no First Amendment protection, and may not be broadcast at any time.

Are there certain words that are always unlawful? No. Offensive words may be profane and/or indecent depending on the context. In the Golden Globe Awards Order, the FCC stated that it would address the legality of broadcast language on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the context presented, use of the “F-Word” or other words as highly offensive as the “F-Word” may be both indecent and profane, if aired between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Does the FCC monitor particular radio or television programs? The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Section 326 of the Communications Act prohibit the FCC from censoring broadcasters. The FCC does not, therefore, monitor particular programs or particular performers, but rather enforces the prohibition on obscenity, indecency and profanity in response to complaints.

Does the FCC regulate violence on television? The FCC does not currently regulate the broadcast of violent programming. On July 28, 2004, however, the FCC opened an inquiry into violent programming and its effect on children. The FCC has received public comments and opinions from many segments of the public. The FCC will publish and make available the report resolving the inquiry on the FCC website.

Do the FCC's rules apply to cable and satellite programming? In the past, the FCC has enforced the indecency and profanity prohibitions only against conventional broadcast services, not against subscription programming services such as cable and satellite. However, the prohibition against obscene programming applies to subscription programming services at all times.

FCC Actions And Statistics

What monetary sanctions has the FCC imposed for violation of its indecency, profanity, and obscenity restrictions? The base monetary sanction for violation of the FCC's indecency, profanity, and/or obscenity restrictions is $7,000 per violation. The FCC may adjust this monetary sanction upwards, up to a current statutory maximum of $32,500 per violation, based on such factors as the nature, circumstances, extent and gravity of the violation, and, with respect to the violator, the degree of culpability, any history of prior offenses, ability to pay, and such other matters as justice may require.

During 2004, the FCC imposed monetary sanctions for indecency violations up to $1,183,000, for an aggregate annual total of $3,658,000. In addition, some entities chose to settle claims against them and made voluntary payments to the U.S. Treasury, totaling $7,928,080 in 2004.

How many complaints has the FCC received about obscene, indecent, or profane programming? The “Complaint And Enforcement Statistics” link to the left provides not only the previous month's count of the complaints received for the current year, but also lists the total number of complaints received by the FCC since 2000. The chart also identifies the number of programs cited by those complaints and categorizes those programs by service -- broadcast television, broadcast radio, and cable/satellite. Finally, the chart provides information about the number and status of the forfeiture proceedings initiated by the Commission for each year since 1993.

What is a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture? Any person or entity that the FCC determines has willfully or repeatedly violated the indecency, obscenity and/or profanity prohibitions is potentially liable for a forfeiture penalty, which is a monetary sanction paid to the United States Treasury. To impose such a penalty, the FCC must first issue a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture containing the FCC's preliminary findings and the amount of the proposed forfeiture. That decision contains the Commission's findings that, based on a preponderance of the evidence, the person or entity at issue has apparently violated the indecency, obscenity, and/or profanity prohibitions. The person or entity against which the penalty is proposed then may respond, in writing, and explain why no such forfeiture penalty should be imposed. The Commission will then issue a forfeiture order formally imposing the monetary sanction if it finds, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the person or entity has violated the indecency, obscenity or profanity prohibitions.

TV Ratings and Channel Blocking

Can I block programming that offends me or my family? Yes. FCC rules require all televisions 13 inches or larger to include the technology allowing you to block unwanted programming. Please see the “TV Ratings and Channel Blocking” link on the left for further information.

What is the “V-chip”? The V-chip is a technology built into your television set that allows you to block television programming you don't want your children to watch. Most television shows now include a rating, as established by the broadcast or cable industry. The rating appears in the corner of your television screen during the first 15 seconds of a program and in TV programming guides. This rating is encoded into the programs; the V-chip technology reads the encoded information and blocks shows accordingly. Using the remote control, parents can program the V-chip to block certain shows based on their ratings. If you lose your remote control/device or need help programming the V-chip, contact the manufacturer of your television set for a replacement or operating instructions.

The FCC requires all new television sets manufactured on or after January 1, 2000, that are 13 inches or larger to contain the V-chip technology. You can usually tell whether your television has a V-chip by looking at the packaging, including the owner's manual. If you no longer have these materials, the V-chip option usually appears as part of the television's menu if the set is equipped with this technology. If you want the V-chip function but your television set does not have it, you can get a set-top box, which works the same as a set with a built-in V-chip. Personal computers that include a television tuner and a monitor of 13 inches or greater are also required to include the V-chip technology. For complete information on the V-chip and other methods of preventing your children from viewing offensive material, see the “TV Ratings and Channel Blocking” link on the left.

What do the television ratings mean? Ratings appear in the corner of your television screen during the first 15 seconds of each television program. The ratings are also included in many magazines that give TV ratings and in the television listings of many newspapers. All television programming is rated except news, sports, and unedited movies on premium cable channels. For more information on how you can control what your children view, please see the “TV Ratings and Channel Blocking” link on the left. Programs receive one of the following six possible ratings:



TV-Y, (All Children) found only in children's shows, means that the show is appropriate for all children;


TV-7, (Directed to Older Children) found only in children's shows, means that the show is most appropriate for children age 7 and up;


TV-G (General Audience) means that the show is suitable for all ages but is not necessarily a children's show;


TV-PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) means that parental guidance is suggested and that the show may be unsuitable for younger children (this rating may also include a V for violence, S for sexual situations, L for language, or D for suggestive dialog);


TV-14 (Parents Strongly Cautioned) means that the show may be unsuitable for children under 14 (V, S, L, or D may accompany a rating of TV-14); and


TV-MA (Mature Audience Only) means that the show is for mature audiences only and may be unsuitable for children under 17 (V, S, L, or D may accompany a rating of TV-MA).
 
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I know this is a dead sticky, but seriously, other than to harass jew-owned stations, who fucking cares if a profane word is used? Thats so ancient. Words are words. You teach your kids about niggerlovers, fags and (probably) abortion, but heaven forbid they hear "shit" on the boob-tube? What gives? You dont think they hear these words at home or at school, or from their friends? In movies they watch, at home or at a friends house? What do you really think you are protecting them from? Do you really even think you *can* shelter them to such an exacting extent?

And if you dont have kids but just find simple vernacular so terribly offensive, I cant believe any strong white man/woman would be so fragile and unable of dealing with reality.

People swear. People curse. Big deal. Who cares if its on TV or in a movie.

Like I said, if its just to harass jew media, fine. But other than that, why blow it out of proportion.. they are just words. Like "nigger", and "jew", which many of our opponents would censor from their childrens ears. ...People are over-sensitive to this issue.
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Lead by example.

While around your kids do you yell out "Shit, cockbag and christ on a motherfuckin stick!!"

Probably not, because you dont want them to think that verbiage like that is acceptable for everyday/any situation use. The more a kid hears course language used in everyday settings the more they will think it is socially acceptable for everyday use.

Pretty simply, if you want a kid to grow up to be a stupid foul mouthed hooligan, let him grow up surrounded by rap music listening, tv watching, illiterate peers, who can tell you all the latest secret codes for basketball on the x-box.

However, if you want a kid to grow up with honor, respect, problem solving skills, leadership ability, imagination... etc... etc... all the things that make us better, the child must be surrounded by those capable of setting those qualities above all so the kid can learn by example.
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LOL, swearing doesnt preclude having honor, respect, problem solving skills, leadership ability, or imagination.

Im not saying children should curse like sailors, but being aware that adults can do things that are inappropriate for children to do in their presence (face it, kids swear when they get together and there arent adults around), is just part of life.

Most of us wouldnt care if our kids used words like sand-nigger or kike. My son knows what a sand-nigger is. As a matter of fact, I was telling him someone was "arabic" and he says "Oh, they're sand-niggers". So, what?

They are going to do it, anyway. by sheltering and making it "forbidden", you only encourage the appeal of using such words. Everyone knows kids are drawn to that which they are not permitted to access.

Thanks for responding. I respect your opinion, but I disagree with it. (As you disagree with mine).
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Only disagree partially.

I know and understand that kids will do it anyways. It is a fact, like it or not, I did it, you did it...

Under the constant barrage of obscenities in all situations their child minds form an opinion that some words are OK to use all the time, not just when you hit your thumb with a hammer.

Kids learn how to act by watching and listening those around them. By no means should they be tucked away in a closet, but they should not be subject to a constant barrage of negative habits either.

Funny that in some places you hear a difference in the language used. When is the last time you went to a museum or library and hear "motherfucker" used by a regular patron?
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Only disagree partially.

I know and understand that kids will do it anyways. It is a fact, like it or not, I did it, you did it...

Under the constant barrage of obscenities in all situations their child minds form an opinion that some words are OK to use all the time, not just when you hit your thumb with a hammer.

Kids learn how to act by watching and listening those around them. By no means should they be tucked away in a closet, but they should not be subject to a constant barrage of negative habits either.

Funny that in some places you hear a difference in the language used. When is the last time you went to a museum or library and hear "motherfucker" used by a regular patron?
Yeah but its all about knowing when and when not to use it. If someone cant stop cursing when their in a museum or library or whatever then theres a problem with the individual. People can be as foul mouthed as anyone in a bar with their friends, but know to curb it when their at their mother in laws house or whatever.
 
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I am currently raising my two grandsons and I have lately found myself more and more curtailing their tv watching. I have sat and listened to the different shows they enjoy watching. Cartoon shows to be specific. I find that more and more of them are openly and blatantly supporting homosexual lifestyles, Zionist ideology, and creating images that show white people in general as brainless amoral drones who are only concerned with sex, money or looking cool. I have had to put my foot down and stop them from watching this drivel. Yes, I got a lot of whining and complaining from them. Both saying, But all my friends watch it, and you just dont understand. The problem is, I understand all too well. If it means being the mean old grandpa in order to stop their brains from becoming trashed up, then oh well I guess im the mean old grandpa. Complaining to the government doesnt do jack squat for good. Exercise your control as an adult human being and turn the damned thing off, or change the channel.
 
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I'd try to get hold of videos or DVDs of older cartoons and wholesome television children's series recorded before the era of moral corruption. Don't show them stupid stuff like Batman or the Monkees, though.
 
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