Maybe we're not all prudish conservative pricks after all

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2005 | Posted by Jaba |

(source: Playboy)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Soon after Janet Jackson's right breast won the 2004 Super Bowl, FCC chair Michael Powell appeared before Congress to report that his agency had received a record number of complaints about indecency in 2003 - more than 240,000, up from 14,000 the year before. The figures implied the need for a crackdown. But this past December a reporter for took a closer look. He found that 99.8 percent of the complaints originated with the conservative Parents Television Council. In 2004 99.9 percent of the complaints about programs other than the Super Bowl also originated with the PTC. Another reporter examined the 90 complaints that led to a $1.2 million fine for an episode of Fox's Married by America and found they had been submitted by 23 people. Fox notes that only one person mentioned seeing the program. More than 5 million households watched the episode.