Will Obama's FCC Nominee Defend TV Decency Standards?

Barack Obama, Tom Wheeler
President Barack Obama announces the nomination of Tom Wheeler, right, as chairman of the FCC in the State Dining Room of the White House, May 1, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Obama’s nominee to lead the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must commit to enforcing current decency laws or the U.S. Senate must reject him, Morality in Media argues.

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will hold a hearing on the nomination of Tom Wheeler to chair the FCC at 2:30 p.m. EST Tuesday. Morality in Media says it is time that the Commission start protecting the interest of children and families by keeping the public airwaves clean.

“It has been more than four years since the FCC did its job and enforced decency standards on broadcast TV,” says Patrick A. Trueman, president of Morality in Media. “Federal law prohibits indecent programming and profanity on the public airwaves. Before Wheeler is confirmed as chairman of the FCC, he needs to commit to vigorously enforcing those standards.”

The federal decency law, 18 U.S.C. Section 1464, applies only to broadcast TV, not cable or satellite TV. The FCC currently has indecency complaints from hundreds of thousands of Americans asking for enforcement. Will Tom Wheeler side with federal law and the American public or with TV networks?

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