Sunday, June 12, 2005

FCC Rules broken?

It has always been my thoughts that the FCC was born in order to protect the consumer. The laws they set forth are there also not only to protect the consumer but to protect the public at large. This protection extends all the way down to the very ones they are protecting us from!
This is a very hard subject to tackle by anyone. The FCC to me has one of the hardest jobs there is on this planet. It's a balancing act. You have to protect free speech, set rules and then decipher if any of the laws set forth are stepping out of bounds. Free speech on television is one of these rules.
It seems that as fast as you try to fix a broken law, the faster someone comes along to try to tell you everything wrong with it. Take for instance the laws that the FCC have recently put their foot down on. Television decency. Or what ever you want to call it. To make this short of what its about is it just boils down too no x rated, or vulgar language etc in prime time. Am I for this? To a certain extent. I am not sure if the guide lines are as straight forward as they should be on the matter, and because everyone's views of what clean content should be is different then who is to say that down the road that this could eventually get out of hand?
The thing though I want to discuss is the content of certain info commercials. Plus their record of sales etc to the public.
It is clear to me that info commercials are getting out of hand. I don't mean all of them either. Some of them are very legit businesses, whom care about their customers. Others you wouldn't do business with if your life depended on it. I wont sugar coat this. I believe the FCC has the right and the obligation to protect the public from the info commercials that blatantly are corrupt. You know the ones that take your money and run, are doing nothing but offering a pyramid scheme, and have a very poor report with the BBB. The complaints on some of them are ramped. But you still see their info commercials on TV. I want it stopped. While to public has to sit through these info commercials, a consumer is being ripped off. If the FCC cares so much for the public then why aren't they stopping this fraud? Not everyone knows about this fraud, and not everyone knows the schemes that these people are pulling. It's time that the FCC went after them. They claim they are cleaning up television. Ok lets see the FCC really clean up Television. protect the public FCC. Get rid of these bogus rip off's that are on the television. If they have a bad record selling to the public then ban them from our Television screens. Make them clean up their act. Give the ones that really have the public in their interest that air time.

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