Protect Little Johnny, but don't take away my NASCAR!

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So, as we know, ever since Nipple-Gate, the FCC has been in a tizzy about decency and TV. So much so that it's asked the cable industry to come up with "Family Friendly" channel tiers.

Apparently it's not enough that the cable companies provide a way to block whole channels and shows. Apparently the V-Chip isn't enough. Apparently even simple parental responsibility is not enough. Oh no. We need to also ensure that the consumer gets his sports as well. From the article:

Cable companies said in recent months they would offer G-rated packages of programming after FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said last fall that he wanted the cable industry to do more to address parental concerns about raunchy shows.

The companies had hoped that the "family tiers" would address those concerns, but Martin said Tuesday he sees problems with the practicality of those offerings, particularly since they don't generally include sports programming.

So let me get this straight. The FCC feels that Americans, who are apparently too lazy to turn the tv off, want the cable company to help protect them from a product they voluntarily purchase, but they aren't so worried as to actually use the product if they can't watch sports?

Shouldn't this be a sign? If the American public can't be bothered to monitor their children's watching, nor be willing to give up sports, maybe they really aren't as concerned as the FCC thinks they are? I mean, I have to laugh every time I see the commercial for the V-Chip. Wasn't the V-Chip something that every parent wanted? Why does FOX need to advertise it? Aren't all parents using it each and every day because they are so concerned about it?

Maybe I'm crazy, but when my kids had a tv in their room (they don't know), I went through the trouble to remove the channels I didn't want them to see. It was a pain in the butt, but I did it. I understand that some parents may not have the time nor the technical skills to do so. Throw your TV away and read more and maybe you will get the technical skills you need. Don't ruin my cable offerings because of your inability to handle your own family's television.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by mikeD posted on 4/12/2006 at 12:17 AM

There is this little button that comes with E-V-E-R-Y TV, it's called the "Power Button". It's usually red. Push it, see what happens. If that doesn't work, it's called get up - walk across the room - and pull out the plug. Tada!

Instant V-Chip.

Comment 2 by Kurtis D. Leatham posted on 4/12/2006 at 12:21 AM

Just one of many reasons to go with the satellite dish.

Comment 3 by Scott Stroz posted on 4/12/2006 at 12:25 AM

This is like trying to stop us form buying video games that are rated M because some people can't/won't pay attention to what their kids are doing.

These people should take some responsibility in raising their kids!

Comment 4 by Damon Gentry posted on 4/12/2006 at 1:09 AM

Just one more reason why I do not like government regulation (in any industry). Consumers have the ultimate regulation authority, their wallets.

However, someone, somewhere filed a lawsuit that claimed their child's behavior was influenced by TV. The judge, jury, and appellate courts bought it hook, line, and sinker. Now, the FCC feels they have to mandate what can and can't be watched on TV so as not to harm fragile minds. So once again, how much freedom are you willing to give up for your safety? Or better yet, are you willing to let someone else decide how much freedom you should give up for your safety?

Comment 5 by David Fekke posted on 4/12/2006 at 1:32 AM

I like what Elvis did. He shot his TV.

Shoot your TV!

Comment 6 by Dr Hugo posted on 4/12/2006 at 9:40 AM

It All begins in the home, with the parents.J. dahmer, J wayne casey, ect. didn't have tv or video game 'influence' their motivations. I'm sick of everybody blaming 'somebody else for their own ineptness or reasons for lack of taking responsibility
on everyone else. The ones Who own the TV are in fact their own 'network programmers' and if they are too lazy to 'learn to use it, then that reflects on their own interest in raising a child.
You can't teach a boy to play catch if you are unwilling to go out into the yard with him! likewise, you can't bitch about programming if you don't make the effort to learn options given to you(v- chip).
If these 'People' Didn't have children, then they probably would bitch about their neighbor breathing 'Their' Oxygen !!!

Comment 7 by Emily posted on 4/23/2006 at 2:49 AM

I am a preschool teacher and a child in my class has told many other kids "F**K you." I found out his favorite movie is Meet the Fockers and his mom just says he doesn't understand it. IS SHE STUPID OR WHAT!? Parents need to take responsibility for their OWN children and not tell the FCC or the cable companies to clean up the shows they offer that other ADULTS have the right to watch!! EVERYONE has a remote/ buttons on the TV, and fingers... SO CHANGE THE CHANNEL! AND know what YOU are paying for. The 2 and 3 yr olds in my class should NOT be exposed to cursing at school because another parent doesn't have half a brain to control what her child watches!!