Is this SNL video an appropriate use of public airwaves?

We tend to forget, but the big networks get to come to our TVs because they rent airwaves from the federal government.  In other words, “we the People” are the landlords and the networks are the tenants.

Do you think this video violates the lease?  (Serious content warning — I’d consider this not just defamatory, but semi-pornographic.)

Options if you think it does violate the public trust:

  1. Contact the FCC
  2. Contact NBC
  3. Contact your local NBC affiliate
  4. Boycott SNL advertisers
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  • Earl

    Sorry….didn’t watch.
    This kind of thing is part of the reason I never watch TV….and never have since I grew up.  My folks had no TV, so I saw Gunsmoke, Lawrence Welk, Have Gun Will Travel, Candid Camera, Bonanza, Ed Sullivan, etc. at my grandparents’ house.
    TV is a waste of time, and instead of sitting around the “boob tube” my kids grew up sitting together for an hour while I read out loud.  Each of us (two parents, two kids) got to choose a book, and we read an amazing assortment of authors in those years.  It stopped when the oldest went to college, but we all treasure that time together.
    Kill Your TV!!

  • mdgarnett

    With the government shut down, I thought NBC would be off the air 

  • Ymarsakar

    You only get shut down if the political aristos don’t like you or they haven’t gotten their cut yet.

  • Charles Martel

    “With the government shut down, I thought NBC would be off the air.”
    Thread winnuh!

  • Bookworm

    I don’t watch either, Earl, but I think there’s an important point here, which you might call the NPR argument:  Conservatives have been arguing for years that they shouldn’t  have to fund NPR’s Leftist agenda.  If it’s partisan, it shouldn’t be public.  But to the extent that the networks lease airtime from the federal government, we own that airtime.

    That ownership is an important point to stress now as Obama uses the National Park Service to say that Americans have no ownership in the federal government.  That after all is the only way to explain the decision to shut down vista points allowing one to see Mt. Rushmore.  The message is that the federal government owns the marbles and you can’t play the game.

    I would like to see massive civil disobedience all across America, overwhelming the federal system.  This disobedience would take the form of stopping on the road to look at Mt. Rushmore, and pushing through barriers to stare at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, the WWII Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, etc.

    We own these things.  The federal government is merely the caretaker.

  • David Foster

    Note also that NBC is now owned by Comcast…GE had a minority interest, but Comcast purchased the remaining part of the company earlier this year.


    Not much of a leap from the current assortment of slumlords and friends in the WH to scumlords on NBC.

  • Caped Crusader

    A generation ago someone whose name I do not recall made headlines by calling TV a “vast wasteland”. That can now be changed to calling it a “vast mental sewer”.

  • Charles Martel

    “A vast wasteland.”—Newton Minnow, 1961.

  • Caped Crusader

    Would that be fig or fish? Joke! Thanks for the memory jog. Always thought that was as cool as a name could get and now be fictional.

  • Charles Martel

    Caped, I agree. I was 12 when he said it, and I remember, “What kind of neat planet have I landed on that there’s this guy named Minnow that people walk around quoting?”