Wednesday, June 14, 2006

CBS protests $3.3 million FCC fine against "Without a Trace"

The FCC levied a record-breaking $3.3 million fine against 103 CBS affiliates for airing a repeat episode of "Without a Trace" on December 31, 2004, before 10 p.m. which involved "a simulated group sex scene at a high school party." CBS has protested on the grounds that all 4,211 complaints were submitted via the Parents Television Council and American Family Affiliation websites, and only two complaints referred to actually seeing the offending scene.

(Remember, the FCC is the organization net neutrality advocates want to give the power to regulate content. The power to mandate content will no doubt bring along the power to prohibit content.)

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