Decency activists meet with commissioner


F-bombMorality in Media joined with other organizations in a meeting with FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, urging him to back strong enforcement of broadcast indecency standards, and renewed their call to members of the Senate to reject the nomination of Tom Wheeler as FCC Chairman unless he pledges to enforce the rules.

Members of MIM was part of a group that also included members of Concerned Women for America and Focus on the Family.

The organization also cited Parents Television Council and American Family Association as key members of the coalition pressing their case in Washington on this issue. In all, they claim active support of more than 70 organizations.

MIM said its meeting with Pai “went well” and that he gives the coalition at least one high profile ally within the walls of the FCC.

RBR-TVBR observation: The content nannies continue to operate under the delusion that they enjoyed a huge win in the Supreme Court indecency ruling when in fact, they are lucky that the Court didn’t toss the rules entirely.

Let’s run through this one more time.

The Court affirmed the right of the FCC to enforce decency standards.

However, the Court also said that the standards must be such that broadcasters have half a chance of understanding and following them. To that end, the FCC has put the matter forth for public comment and possible rulemaking.

We are confident that Mr. Wheeler, if nominated, will do his job and enforce the rules – whatever they become. He told the Senate Commerce Committee he personally would prefer strict rules, for what it’s worth, an indication that he would be inclined to err on the side of enforcement rather than simply looking the other way.

So there is no reason for the nannies to call for dumping him.