FCC Complaints

The resourceful folks at Government Attic have come up with some interesting stuff, thanks to their use of the Freedom of Information Act. It’s a relatively new site, but they’re updating every couple of days – and over the weekend, added copies of complaints received by the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, about a bunch of shows – including South Park, The Daily Show, and Sex and the City, among others.

I haven’t read through all of them yet, but even a quick glimpse at any one of these files will make you feel sorry for the poor schmucks who have to read and response to these things. One quite representative example is this complaint about Jon Stewart, quoted verbatim from the FCC’s files:

In stead of spending your time trying to get conservative programming to GIVE liberals equal time, how about cleaning up the language. Jon Stewart said the f word, course it was cut out but there was no question about what he said. That word is every filthy & shouldn’t be permitted on TV. If you allow him to say it, others will

OMG, OMG, some filthy liberal commie on cable dropped teh f-bomb, we’z all gonna die…

For what it’s worth, my understanding is that the FCC has no regulatory powers over cable television, making complaints like these all the more useless.

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General, History | on January 28th, 2008| 1 Comment »

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  1. On 4/24/2008 at 8:40 am Odysseus Simpson Said:

    This website


    will give you copies of all the complaints to the FCC about any television program. If you don’t want to fill in any individual information, you can simply leave the items blank and then grab the resulting generic language generated by the site, and put in your name and address and phone yourself to send in the request to the FCC.