Florida’s News-Press has published a dough-faced, mealy-mouthed, blarnified testimonial to the Parents Television Council’s efforts to censor TV.
With fawning words that could have come straight from a PTC press release, writer Chris Wadsworth hails PTC activists as TV’s white knights. In fact, Wadsworth seems to believe – as does Brent Bozell – that the PTC speaks for all of us, with a unified voice.
“I don’t think it’s right that you can turn on the TV and find almost anything,” said Kathy Graff, a Cape Coral mother of four who bemoans the loss of the old-fashioned “family hour.”
But the Parents Television Council says it’s not promoting censorship or pushing its values on others.
“I don’t really see it that way. I see it more as Hollywood having come in and imposed their values on me and my family … to the point that they’re putting things on the air that meet their profit objectives,” said Florida chapter director Matt Butler said.
Parents such as Michelle Tello back Butler’s view.
“I love the fact that someone is trying to fight for my kids besides me,” said Tello, a Cape Coral stay-at-home mom of five.
Mitzi Ibarra of south Fort Myers agrees. “I know the whole free speech thing, but we’re getting off track with what we’re letting into our homes,” said Ibarra. “I can’t say there is anything wrong with a little bit of censorship or at least having a time during the day when we know there’s nothing trashy on TV.”
“The whole free speech thing"???
Does the PTC speak for you? Speak up now!
Talk back to reporter Chris Wadsworth and the News-Press editors. Remind them that we’re out here.