Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Private Ryan is saved ... on TV

I'm glad to see that FCC chair Michael Powell is, for once, showing some sense in recommending to his four fellow commissioners that the FCC reject indecency complaints against ABC television stations for airing the film "Saving Private Ryan" on Veterans Day. Sixty-six ABC affiliates actually refused to air the uncut version, fearing reprisals for showing "profanity and graphic violence" from the FCC, which has been cracking down on broadcast indecency. But 159 stations went ahead and aired the film uncut, arguing that the language was an essential part of the movie, and necessary for retaining the accuracy of the film. Fortunately, sanity prevailed ... this time.


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