change the channel…

From: Bush: The E-Mail Stops Here (washingtonpost.com)

I hate that I actually agree with Bush.. so I’ll look at is agreeing with The President on inappropriate television programming

If You Don’t Like It, Change the Channel

That’s how President Bush feels about parents coping with television programming that they find inappropriate for their children. At the same press conference Thursday when he made the off-hand comments about e-mail, Bush said that he thinks there should be a federal standard for indecency, but barring that, he said, “the ultimate responsibility in a consumer-driven economy is for people to say, ‘I’m not going to watch it’ and turn the knob off. That’s how best to make decisions and how best to send influences.” He said that government ought to “help parents… send good messages to their children.”

His remarks come at a time when Congress is trying to increase the monetary penalties that media companies must pay for broadcasting “indecent” material. It is the latest episode in a saga that began with Janet Jackson’s exposed nipple at the 2004 Super Bowl. Lawmakers are considering several bills on the subject, including one that would extend the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency standards to cable TV and satellite radio.

Bush did not say whether he would support such a move, but his stance is clear: “We’re a free society. The marketplace makes decisions. If you don’t like something, don’t watch it.” ‘Nuff said.

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