Brent Bozell III later felt that decency was declining on most prime-time television programming. After the release of its first annual Family Guide to Prime-Time Television following the television season , the PTC hoped to hold the entertainment industry accountable for the indecency that it perceived to be prominent on prime-time television.
Congress , including Joe Lieberman and Lamar S. In and , the PTC cut its staff by 38 percent to save money. PTC was founded in by longtime political activist L. Bozell is a prominent conservative activist who has, among other things, served as Executive Director of the Conservative Victory Committee, a political action committee that has supported the election of dozens of conservative candidates over the past ten years.
Prior to joining the PTC, Mr. Their research is done with the support of their Entertainment Tracking System, an archive of prime-time television programming that they claim is the largest in the world. The report also claimed that references to homosexuality increased the most during that decade - by fold. The study stated that most positive references to religion were on reality shows such as Extreme Makeover: Home Edition , while claiming that scripted shows tended to be more negative towards it.
The study claimed that there was a The study also claimed instances in which there was profanity, but the offending word was bleeped out. The guide has been in use since the —96 season  using the traffic light system. Popular shows frequently named "Worst of the Season" include American Dad! I've read their newsletter, I've visited their website, and they're just rotten to the core. For an organization that prides itself on 'Christian' values It is divided into two categories: The PTC also suggested that between 30 and 40 advertisers had pulled their commercials from WWF programming, an assertion that was not true.
Broadcast indecency[ edit ] In , the PTC unsuccessfully campaigned for the FCC to take action against the NBC television network in response to the use of the word " fucking " by Bono , lead singer for the rock band U2 , during the network's January telecast of the Golden Globe Awards. FCC chairman Michael Powell stated that the number of indecency complaints to the FCC had risen from in the years and , to 14, in and , in That campaign led to over 11, email complaints to the FCC.
CBS argued that the episode "featured an important and socially relevant storyline warning parents to exercise greater supervision of their teenagers. Because the episode aired outside the indecency "safe harbor" in the Central and Mountain Time Zones, the fine applied only to ABC stations in those zones. Gabon , and Two and a Half Men. Profanity was the main concern for Today and Big Brother 10,   the extremely brief exposure of contestant Marcus Lehman's penis for Survivor: Gabon,  and a "lap-dance" scene for Two and a Half Men.
PTC complained that the performance contained a simulation of oral sex. Eastern and Pacific time, "outside the FCC's usual 6ampm time frame prohibiting the broadcast of indecent material". My Dad Says was added to the fall TV lineup. The PTC cites both the show's title and its Thursday 8: The series is based on the popular Twitter account created by Justin Halpern, who will also serve as one of the co-producers on the show. CBS defended its decision and says that it is working with the account's creator and its content will be toned down for the program before the series debuts in September.
The Federal Communications Commission doesn't regulate the content of cable networks, and even if it did, a crackdown on shows like "Skins" would be a bad idea, because adults should be able to watch whatever they like on cable and federal attempts to protect kids from adult programming have never been successful. A similar ad with Hilton for Hardee's hamburger chain was aired in June The Parents Television Council and other media watchdog groups criticized the commercial for being shown during programs that were very likely to be watched by children.
The way she moves, the way she puts her finger in her mouth—it's very suggestive and very titillating. He continued, "There is no nudity, there is no sex act — it's a beautiful model in a swimsuit washing a car.
PTC accused television commercials for Hardee's "biscuit holes" food product of suggesting double entendres. The commercial featured consumers suggesting " A-holes " and "B-holes" as nicknames for the biscuit holes. Boddie-Noell Enterprises, which owned Hardee's restaurants in four states, refused to show the ads in its respective markets. Consequently, Heath Shuler , Democratic representative of North Carolina , introduced the Family Friendly Flights Act of bill to require airlines to set aside "child-safe" viewing areas for families to sit in planes.
A Content Analysis of YouTube—the Most Popular Online Video Destination, which praised YouTube for filtering adult content but criticized the site for not filtering profanity and other explicit content from comments sections or videos.
Salazar had accused PTC of mishandling hundreds of thousands of mailings to donors and members. Salazar also disputed the PTC's official membership figure of 1. It therefore believes that television is harming children through a perceived "gratuitous" amount of sex, violence, and profanity. Family and Consumer Choice Act of The PTC is an avid supporter of " a la carte " cable television services to allow families to choose only the cable television channels that are appropriate for their children, and also impose the same decency standards already in place on broadcast television on cable channels.
On June 14, , United States Representatives Dan Lipinski Democratic , Illinois and Jeff Fortenberry Republican , Nebraska introduced into legislation the Family and Consumer Choice Act of , which intends to allow families to choose and pay for only the cable television channels that they want to watch.
PTC urged advertisers to withdraw sponsorship of those programs, whose videos PTC stated targeted children and teenagers "with adult content They claimed the video promoted gun crime and murder, while the pop star said she wanted to be a voice to victims.
After the video became the most viewed YouTube video that week, she sarcastically used Twitter to thank the PTC in helping her make the video such a success. Critics of the PTC have alleged that it supports increased governmental censorship of television by lobbying the FCC for indecency enforcement for certain television shows  and inaccurately reporting on the V-Chip in order to further their agenda.
That's like getting hate mail from Hitler. They're literally terrible human beings. For an organization that prides itself on Christian values—I mean, I'm an atheist, so what do I know?
They can all suck my dick as far as I'm concerned. With Children " crude Fox sitcom packed with blatant sexual banter '; Billy Ray Cyrus , who 'starred in the TV pilot " Mulholland Drive " made by erotic, anti-family values filmmaker David Lynch ' and 'had the lead in the independent film mega-flop, " Radical Jack ," the synopsis of which highlights the lunacy of Cyrus being on the board of the PTC: Five years ago, his family was slaughtered after he tried to break up an illegal arms ring.
But now he's discovered the location of the gunrunner who killed his family--and he's going undercover and taking on a whole crooked town in order to get his man!