Bush on Indecency

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

President Bush says the government should "call to account" broadcasters who air obscene words or pictures, though parents are still "the first line of defense."

He says, "They put an off button on the TV for a reason."

During a C-SPAN interview, the president responded to questions about recent fines for on-air indecency, and proposals by lawmakers to increase the penalties.

Bush says he doesn't favor censorship, but does think government should set limits. He says the outgoing chairman of the Federal Communications Commission struck a good balance.

Michael Powell announced last week he'll be leaving in March. Meantime, several lawmakers have said they'll soon introduce measures sharply raising maximum fines for indecency.

Last year, the FCC received more than one million complaints, though most involved the exposure of singer Janet Jackson's breast during the Super Bowl half-time show.

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