War is heck

Apologies to Reuters for stealing their headline from this article, but I like it.

The crackdown on media “indecency” since the Janet Jackson Superbowl incident over in the USA could lead to a World War Two documentary being censored, or shown late at night. The seven part series includes interviews with veterans where they discuss their experiences in the war. As one would expect from people who have been through the experiences they went through, their contributions feature expletives. This could lead to a fine of as much as $325,000 (approximately £175,000) from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) who have defined indecency as:

language or material that, in context, depicts or describes, in terms patently offensive as measured by contemporary community standards for the broadcast medium, sexual or excretory organs or activities

Paula Kerger, the president of the PBS network that will be airing the series, has said that she does not want to bleep the words, as that would lessen the impact of the documentary, or air it late at night, which would reduce the available audience.

There is a precedent from the Republican controlled FCC, who allowed an uncut broadcast of “Saving Private Ryan” last year, but the FCC will not give a pre-airing clearance to the program. It does seem a little strange to MWW that people who apparantly fought for freedom, do not have the freedom of speech to express their views in the way that they wish to.


3 Responses to “War is heck”

  1. martyn says:

    It seems like the moron bush wants the us to become the christian version of somewhere like iran. why can’t all these idiots just fcuk off to some religious paradise, bikini atoll* perhaps, and let the rest of us get on with our lives.

    *Just one more little nuclear test sir?

  2. [...] Via MediaWatchWatch which observes that it seems a little strange that people who apparantly fought for freedom, do not have the freedom of speech to express their views in the way that they wish to. Posted by Paul in USA (July 30, 2006 at 6:52 pm) [...]

  3. Neil Hoskins says:

    Sorry, but despite the fact it’s the Americans making fools of themselves again, and all inspired by Janet Jackson’s less-than-attractive tit, I don’t have too much of a problem with this. During wartime and shortly after, servicemen’s stories were told with only slight changes to avoid certain grown-up language. The acronym FUBAR was translated as “Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition”, and the RAF’s “Arse End Charlies” in a fighter flight were described as “Tail End Charlies”. Et cetera, et cetera. The classic series World at War, made in the seventies, managed to depict the full horror of war without a single expletive.

    In certain emergency situations, we grown ups all need a good swear, but it loses its effectiveness if you hear the same language being used by children playing hopscotch. We then have to go off and invent new swear words that are exclusive to us grownups and it all gets awfully tedious.