Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) wants the FCC to regulate pay TV -
Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens said on Tuesday he would push for applying broadcast decency standards to cable television and subscription satellite TV and radio.
"Cable is a much greater violator in the indecency area," the Alaska Republican told the National Association of Broadcasters, which represents most local television and radio affiliates. "I think we have the same power to deal with cable as over-the-air" broadcasters.
"There has to be some standard of decency," he said. But he also cautioned that "No one wants censorship."
Stevens told reporters afterward that he would push legislation to apply the standards to cable TV and satellite radio and television. It could become part of a pending bill to boost fines on broadcasters who violate indecency restrictions or of an effort to overhaul U.S. communications laws.
Excuse me Senator, I pay for the service and I can watch whatever I damn well please. If there's anything I find objectionable on TV, I change the channel. If there is something inappropriate on and I don't want my son to watch, I change the channel or turn it off. Pretty darn simple. And then there is this great quote on the duties of a legislator -
Stevens said he disagreed "violently" with assertions by the cable industry that Congress does not have the authority to impose limits on its content.
"If that's the issue they want to take on, we'll take it on and let the Supreme Court decide," he said.
Great. Instead of being beholden to the Constitution and fulfilling the duty the people of Alaska elected him to do, he'll just propose the legislation and then let the court worry about it's legality. But, boy, will he feel good about himself and he can go back to his constituents and say he did his best. I get really tired of the Republican Party sometimes.