Indecency Fines Against CBS Are an Ominous Attack on Free Speech
By David Holcberg
The $3.6 million in "indecency" fines levied by the FCC against CBS are an ominous attack on the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.
Just as the government doesn't fine newspapers that publish cartoons that Muslims deem indecent, it shouldn't fine broadcasters that air shows that viewers deem indecent. Viewers are free to change the channel or turn off their TV set if they do not like what they see. They can't be forced to patronize a station they find indecent.
Moreover, it is the parents--not the government--who should be responsible for determining what their children are allowed to watch on TV.