In response to briefs filed with the Supreme Court, the watchdog Parents Television Council chastises ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for “their resolve to shred any remaining boundaries for decency, paving the way for the harshest profanity and graphic sexual content to be aired in front of kids at any time of day.”
The watchdog group says the network’s airing at 9 p.m. ET of The X Factor contestant Geo Godley dropping his pants and exposing himself represented “a conscious decision by the producers … to intentionally air this content in front of millions of families during hours when they knew full well that children would be watching.”
The watchdog group files in support of FCC authority to fine broadcasters for airing indecent material between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
The Parents Television Council fired another volley today at one of its favorite targets: adult-themed cartoons that also attract kids. The activist group called for “sweeping reform” of the TV content rating system as a study it released points to what it says are “shocking levels” of sex and drug references in primetime on animation channels that are popular with kids between 12 and 17.
In a letter to NBC affiliates, the Parents Television Council urges the stations not to air the network’s new show this fall, saying, among other things: “Whatever positive spin you may wish to put on the series, it is undeniably a betrayal of the trust you have built over the years with America ’s families — the owners of the broadcast airwaves that you will be using to force this content into the living rooms of every family in your community.”
TV watchdog groups say the FCC needs to better target kids’ programs that have too many commercials, and they want the commission and Congress to strengthen oversight of the Children’s Television Act.
The watchdog group cites three recent studies to support its claims of flaws in the TV content ratings system and asks that the commission “begin a proceeding on new tools for parents.”
In an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, the watchdog group Parents Television Council says “the TV networks will not halt their crusade for the ‘right’ to air f-words and graphic nudity in front of children. Without Supreme Court intervention, the FCC stands to lose all Congressionally-mandated authority over indecent broadcast television and radio content.”
The Parents Television Council released new poll results that show 75% of Americans agree there is too much sex, violence and coarse language on television. A majority also supports the FCC’s legal authority to fine broadcasters if they air indecent material.
The group is urging members to sign a petition protesting the title of the pilot which it says is “an affront to women” and “attacks the world’s largest faith.”
The Parents Television Council is urging members to contact their state attorneys general, urging them to investigate whether local cable and satellite providers violated child pornography laws by distributing the MTV show.
Primetime TV shows that appeal to teenagers are promoting the “sexualization” of girls at an alarming rate, including more portrayals of underage females being objectified than adults, especially for laughs, according to the Parents Television Council.
The watchdog group asks holiday shoppers to support family-friendly advertisers. Among the best are Smucker’s, Kraft and Coke. The worst are led by
Socially conservative media advocacy just isn’t as easy pull off as it was several years ago, when the FCC was imposing huge indecency-related fines on CBS and News Corp. The Parents Television Council, which was influential a few years back when the FCC was handing out those big fines, also has rival conservative advocacy groups to deal with. That includes TV Watch, a libertarian watchdog.