Judiciary Chair: The Indecent Should Hang
House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner has jumped on the indecency bandwagon, saying that Broadcast Indecinators should face criminal charges, not regulatory fines.
“People who are in flagrant disregard should face a criminal process rather than a regulatory process,” the Wisconsin Republican said at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association annual convention in San Francisco. “That way you aim the cannon specifically at the people who are committing the offenses,” and not at everyone, he said. “The people who are trying to do the right thing end up being penalized the same way the people who are doing the wrong thing.” (Freshman Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has said that he will pursue obscenity cases.)
Sensenbrenner also stated that he does not support FCC regulation of cable and satellite TV/radio.