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4/14/2005

Bush Wishy-Washy on Cable Regulation

Filed under  by Amanda Toering — 04/14/2005 @ 4:21 pm

Multichannel News reports that President Bush has voiced his support of cable regulations, but also says that parents ought to use their knobs.

Speaking to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Bush said:

“The ultimate responsibility in a consumer-driven economy is for people to say, ‘I’m not going to watch it,’ and turn the knob off,” Bush said. “That’s how best to make decisions and how best to send influences. But I don’t mind standards being set out for people to judge the content of a show, to help parents make right decisions. The government ought to help parents, not hinder parents, in sending good messages to their children.”

More at Multichannel News.

Other reports at Ad Age, Variety, Broadcasting & Cable, and
Reuters.

According to the Reuters piece, a White House flack later mitigated Bush’s statements, saying “was merely expressing support for legislation that passed the House of Representatives last year that called for increasing fines on broadcasters that violated decency limits but did not address cable and satellite television.”

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