Well thats what cable TV is for and they can give their appropriate ratings for the content within.
I dont see how it silences dissenting political opinion nor as a censor. Freedom of speech means alot but by no means is it free or without some "rules". I guess I have a different viewpoint and feeling about what they do.
Maybe you can enlighten myself as well as others how they stifle free speech, censor broadcasts and silence dissenting political opinions.
First, not everyone gets Cable, which is a PAID subscription service, not part of the public airwaves. And not all broadcasting is TV.
Second, the FCC grants licenses and has the right to exclude anyone they wish from having a license. [As a side note, check into how much lobby money the Broadcast companies funnel into Washington to insure their Monopolies, to make sure new stations or networks are not licensed]
Third, note rules on Political Opinion, political broadcast and you might also search back to all the referenced material from a previous thread which has all the applicable laws as to how networks [such as that of Limbaugh] keeps opposition off the air and how the FCC has, through rulings since Powell has been Chairman have kept competition down.
Note just today how a 50 year old poem was NOT aired because a Public radio station feared a hefty fine by the current FCC- Ironically for a poem that was ruled OK by the courts 50 years ago.
Just this year a Public Radio Station news broadcast from Iraq front lines had a sound bite where a soldier could be heard screaming "Fuck" when an incoming round landing very near. The station was heavily fined.
THAT is how political opinion is stifled. It is when the Program Director looks at, or listens to a editorial or report and PAUSES and has to make a financial decision on a possible fine on a unpredictable FCC that stifling dissent happens. At the PAUSE. Subtle, simple, nearly imperceptible.
Much like the little snips at the Fourth Amendment. No broad strokes, just a thousand little cuts.
It would be nice if it were like the responsibilities that go with protesting the First Amendment. You make your broadcast, know if you have a risk and if so make your decisions accordingly and do so as a protest. The difference is with Broadcasting, you have a license and with that granting you have an obligation to serve the public and now you have an FCC that makes arbitrary rules that fly in the face of any rule book. It is as if NASCAR were running the FCC.