Saturday, December 11, 2004

Playing the FCC

Atrios suggests fighting back against the likes of Brent Bozell by picking a "reasonable target" and filing FCC complaints. The obvious problem with this is, as execrable as so much of what you find on television is and as sweet as it would be to force the FCC to come down on right wing programming or offensive Big Pharma advertising or be exposed as hypocrites if it declines to do so, those who believe the FCC has already overstepped its bounds would be guilty of hypocrisy ourselves by engaging in this and giving Powell and Company further license to try to regulate content on television and radio.
I know the right has no problem pursuing actions that are contrary to its stated philosophy (and I know that is the understatement of the young century) but I still believe one of the things that sets us apart from the right is that we act on our principles. It may not help us win elections but it helps us sleep at night.
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