Comments: ABC affiliates cancel Saving Private Ryan over decency fears

The real problem is FCC, and Michael Powell. They're doing it because they weren't able to get assurance that they wouldn't get fined, even after getting support from that tv activist group and key individuals. While FCC does have legitimate concerns about language, I believe they went too far in issuing blanket coverage against use of profanity in any form, even where it puts things in content (such as, men fighting the war for 4 years with minimum contact with women will be unrestrained in their language use and it would be silly to pretend they didn't curse during a particularly nasty battle).

Posted by Lola at November 11, 2004 09:59 AM

I for one will be glad when Michael Powell is gone - he hasn't exactly done a stellar job as head of FCC.

Posted by Lola at November 11, 2004 10:00 AM

You can't have it both ways. Cussin' is cussin'. If it's innappropriate for Bono, it's inappropriate for all.

Posted by DarkStar at November 11, 2004 10:21 AM

The difference between Bono and 'Ryan' is this: Before & during the 'Ryan' broadcast there were 'viewer discretion' warnings posted all over the place. Viewers/parents knew what the content was going to be and could tune it out if they chose. Idiots like Bono (and Janet Jackson for that matter) don't give any warning before unleashing their vulgerness and/or stupidity on the viewing public.

Posted by Odd Brian at November 11, 2004 10:39 AM

Since when has decency become an issue?
It's because it shows our military in a good light... it's too pro-American for them.

Posted by Joshua at November 11, 2004 08:04 PM

And I'm sure they don't appreciate your volunteering them to risk a fine and their license. Come on, man. Social conservatism is its own reward.

Posted by gary at November 11, 2004 11:12 PM
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