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#1 Old 03-01-2005, 10:17 PM
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Ted Stevens, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation, said on Tuesday that he would push for applying broadcast decency standards to cable television, as well as subscription satellite TV and radio.

"Cable is a much greater violator in the indecency area," the Alaska Republican told the National Association of Broadcasters, which represents most local-television and radio affiliates. "I think we have the same power to deal with cable as over-the-air" broadcasters.

"There has to be some standard of decency," he said. But he also cautioned that "no one wants censorship."

Stevens told reporters afterward that he would push legislation to apply the standards to cable TV and satellite radio and television. It could become part of a pending bill to boost fines on broadcasters who violate indecency restrictions or of an effort to overhaul U.S. communications laws.

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#2 Old 03-01-2005, 10:32 PM
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No one wants censorship... but they want to edit all television for decency? I doubt you can get two groups of people to agree on what's decent and what isn't... I know people that think CSI is greusome and should be banned (And all shows such as that). Others thinking that anything with any "____ rights" should be banned for they promote the ___ lifestyle (insert anything into the ___ really).

I think some people in the USA would have a heart attack even seeing some commercials overseas.
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If they start censoring cable, too, they are going to have a bloody revolution on their hands...
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#4 Old 03-02-2005, 04:01 AM
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Yeah, but don't they already? I mean, the standard cable stations always had the swearing bleeped out or nudity scenes cut out. It's just the premium channels that keep things in the original format... right? Or is that completely up to the discretion of the individual station (compare, say, USA Network to HBO)?
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Isn't that the point of paying for cable, especially the beyond basic channels?
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#6 Old 03-02-2005, 06:06 AM
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Pravda here we come.

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Well I dont know all the details. However very late at night Comedy Central would show South Park the movie uncut and in all its cussing glory

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