• Archive for March, 2013

    Lifetime: NOT Showing Graphic Murder = “Untold Harm”

    by  • March 28, 2013 • Violence • 0 Comments

    Lifetime: NOT Showing Graphic Murder = “Untold Harm”

    This past Saturday night, March 23rd, the Lifetime basic cable network aired its “Lifetime Original Movie” Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story. The movie graphically detailed Porco’s real-life axe murder of his father in 2004.

    Of course, television “dramatizations” of true crime are nothing new.

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    PTC Responds to Announced Departure of FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell

    by  • March 20, 2013 • Broadcast Decency • 0 Comments

    LOS ANGELES (March 20, 2013) – In response to the announced departure of Commissioner Robert McDowell from the Federal Communications Commission, Parents Television Council president Tim Winter has issued the following statement:

    “We commend Commissioner McDowell for his service to the FCC for the past six years. His voice and expertise have been invaluable on a...

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    Scientist Discusses Media Influence and Accountability on Violence

    by  • March 19, 2013 • Violence • 0 Comments

    The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies today heard testimony from Dr. Brad Bushman, Professor of Communications at Ohio State, challenging the “myth that violent media have a trivial effect on aggression.” According to one of Bushman’s studies (which he discussed in Psychology Today), “Why Do People Deny...

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    Psychopaths Coming Soon to a TV Near You

    by  • March 11, 2013 • Violence • 1 Comment

    glory_violenceNow that award season is over, Hollywood’s big muckety-mucks can finally stop patting themselves on the back for all the “good” their industry supposedly does for the world, and get back to the serious business glorifying psychopaths.

    If entertainment industry leaders are worried about increased regulation...

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    Worst Cable Show of the Week: Anger Management

    by  • March 7, 2013 • Worst Cable Show of the Week • 1 Comment

    Since its premiere last year, Anger Management has not improved. Existing largely as a excuse to showcase Charlie Sheen after his meltdown and firing from CBS’ Two and a Half Men, the current program – like Sheen’s previous endeavor – alternates between sleazy, sexist exploitation and lowbrow idiocy. Thus, the Thursday, February 28th episode of FX’s Anger Management (9:30 p.m.

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    Worst Show of the Week: The Cleveland Show

    by  • March 6, 2013 • Worst of the Week • 7 Comments

    One week after exposing adult Hollywood actors to his horrendously racist and sexist “humor” during his performance as host of the 85 th Academy Awards telecast – thereby drawing outraged comments from everyone from feminist bloggers to the Jewish Anti-Defamation League – this past Sunday, Seth MacFarlane was back to his more familiar stomping...

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    PTC Applauds Cablevision Antitrust Suit against Viacom for Network Bundling

    by  • March 5, 2013 • Cable Choice • 0 Comments


    The Parents Television Council heralded its support for Cablevision’s antitrust lawsuit against Viacom for the forced bundling of cable networks. PTC President Tim Winter issued the following statement:“We are overjoyed at today’s announcement that Cablevision is seeking the relief that consumers – and especially families – have long been waiting for. In a...

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    End of an Era?

    by  • March 1, 2013 • Misrated, Sexualization • 0 Comments

    Seth MacFarlane has built a career on programs that wallow in misogyny and anti-Semitism; joke about violence against women, rape, pedophilia, incest, and bestiality; and even ridiculing children with disabilities.

    Knowing this, the Academy still chose to invite MacFarlane to host the 2013 Academy Awards, where he proceeded to offend and outrage millions of viewers...

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