Last week, our blog commented on Representative James Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) (SP) senseless concept to make on-air indecency violations a criminal offense. Somehow, we just can't picture visiting some of our favorite morning shows in federal prison.
Now former Rep Bob Barr, a staunch Republican conservative, has commented on Sensenbrenner's idea. In a recent guest column written for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Barr writes that Congress needs a cold shower. To quote him, "...the proposal to expand our already bloated federal criminal code to cover "indecent broadcasting" is a terrible idea. Not only will it likely not solve the problem of distasteful programming — just consider the megadollars and massive publicity that "defendant" Howard Stern would reap if he were indicted for the garbage he plies over the airwaves — but what about the First Amendment?"
Maybe it helps to be out of office and beyond the Beltway, but if this issue is so clear to Barr, why aren't we hearing from members of either party - especially the Democrats? And instead of jailing disc jockeys, where's the plan for dealing with the high price of health care, or even gasoline? Visit www.saveradionow.org for more info on this important topic.