NY Times: TV Stations Fined Over CBS Show Deemed to Be Indecent. The Federal Communications Commission leveled a record $3.6 million fine yesterday against 111 television stations that broadcast an episode of “Without a Trace” in December 2004, with the agency saying the CBS show suggested that its teenage characters were participating in a sexual orgy.
The FCC’s censorship moves are a danger to everyone’s freedom of expression, not just the hapless broadcasters. Cable and satellite are next on the hit list of the blue noses of all political and social stripes. Never mind the First Amendment, folks.