Are Public Broadcasters Wimping Out?

Why do public broadcasters seem even more afraid of an FCC crackdown than commercial broadcasters? “That no broadcaster has ever lost its license for obscenity or indecency, however, seems entirely lost on public broadcasters. Although they preen over their intellectually superior, cutting-edge programming, they have devolved into some of the most timid and conformist contributors to the programming mix. In this environment, the government need never take any real action to accomplish a chilling effect on an already jittery broadcast community. The head of the FCC or an influential congressional committee chairman need only clear his throat, and industry ‘leaders’ are set scrambling to shoot their wounded.”