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Brownback Wants to Punish Cable Corps – and Hotel Chains

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/21/2005 @ 8:52 am

Kansas Senator Sam Brownback came up with this indecent proposal, according to MediaWeek: Prosecute cable operators and others, including hotel chains, that relay “obscene” material.

“It is really hurting this society today,” Brownback told a subcommittee hearing. “I’m hoping we can get some vigor in constitutionally prosecuting cases of this nature.”

In MediaWeek.

First Amendment = Second-Rate Issue

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/21/2005 @ 8:10 am

Great op-ed in the Times Herald-Record (NY): First Amendment has become a second-rate issue.

Buster Finds “Safe Harbor”

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/21/2005 @ 7:30 am

A New Hampshire PBS station will finally air the controversial (and anti-climatic) “Sugartime” episode of Postcards from Buster.

At 10 p.m.

After the big hand indicates that they’re within the FCC’s “safe harbor.”

From the Portland Press Herald.

No Complaints Against SNL Nose-Penis

Filed under by Amanda Toering — 03/21/2005 @ 7:18 am

Broadcasting & Cable reports that Saturday Night Live viewers largely missed a penis that made its way on screen in an inside joke – on David Spade’s nose.

His nose looked like a penis. Not ‘kind of like a penis’; it looked like a urologically-correct appendage, right down to what we believe is called the dorsal vein.

We took a digital photo of the screen image (posted above), and showed it to an NBC spokesman, who said, “I don’t see what you’re seeing,” which made us wonder if we just had a dirty mind. But, no: A source at the show confirms that Spade was indeed fitted with a penile proboscis.

The FCC reports no complaints. SNL, of course, airs after the 10 p.m. “safe harbor.” Still, this slope seems slippery.

More (including pics) at B&C.

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