- ABC News accuses Center for Public Integrity of stealing Pulitzer-winning work
- Law firm that cleared N.J. Gov. Christie in ‘Bridgegate’ gave 10K to RGA, which he heads
- PETA ‘hopping mad’ at Michelle Obama for using real eggs at Easter Egg Roll
- Sneaky Nebraska toddler traps self inside claw machine game
- Biden to lead $600 million work force training effort
- Atheists’ Easter taunt to Christians: ‘Jesus is a myth’
- Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels Kansas City show
- Josh Romney swipes Harry Reid with photo tweet of dad paying taxes — ‘your paycheck’
- Despite Obamacare problems, some Dems want Sebelius to run for Senate: report
- Angry New Yorkers shred gun registrations in deadline day protests
Decency activist joins FCC
The Federal Communications Commission has added an anti-indecency activist to the staff of a key office, prompting talk that the agency is poised for another crackdown on programming it deems inappropriate for the airwaves.
Penny Young Nance joined the FCC last month as an adviser in its Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis. The office helps set an overall agenda for the agency, which regulates broadcasting, telecommunications and other technology.
Mrs. Nance did not return telephone calls.
FCC spokesman David H. Fiske said she is working part time in a post that focuses on “consumer and social issues” in broadcasting and cable. She will serve as a liaison with Capitol Hill, the industry and other activists, he said.
Indecency opponents praised Mrs. Nance’s appointment, but a frequent FCC critic said it smacks of political patronage because positions like the one Mrs. Nance has been given are usually not given to activists.
“She’s there to give the religious right and the conservative right a voice at the FCC. … It’s disquieting that someone who is so ideological has a position like this,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a consumer-advocacy group.
Mediaweek, a trade magazine, reported Mrs. Nance’s appointment Monday.
Mrs. Nance has been a vocal critic of racy programming on the airwaves. She once worked as a lobbyist for Concerned Women for America (CWA), a group that describes its mission as working “to bring Biblical principles into all levels of public policy,” and recently stepped down from that organization’s board of directors.
She also founded the Kids First Coalition, a group that opposes pornography and abortion and has called on the FCC to rein in indecency. As the group’s president, she testified before Congress and was interviewed on the Fox News Channel.
She also has argued for a “family hour” on prime-time television.
“It’s about time we had a mama bear in a position of influence to help the FCC do its job,” said Robert Knight, director of the CWA’s Culture and Family Institute.
Mr. Knight said he knows Mrs. Nance and does not think she would have taken the job at the FCC if she did not intend to push the agency’s anti-indecency policies.
The FCC has not issued an indecency fine since Dec. 22, the longest lull in four years, according to a June 30 report from the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan government watchdog.
The agency proposed 12 indecency fines last year totaling $3.7 million.
Mr. Knight said his organization has been disappointed that the pace did not pick up after March, when President Bush elevated FCC Commissioner Kevin J. Martin to chairman of the five-member panel that oversees the agency.
By returning to Christian roots, the nation can achieve greatness once again
- GOP writes legislation to deny Attorney General Eric Holder his salary
- 'Culture of intimidation' seen in Nevada ranch standoff
- Fuel-filled wings, ability to swarm: Pentagon offers glimpse at future of drone fleet
- Secret U.S. assessments show Afghanistan not ready to govern on own
- CARSON: Recovering Tocqueville's vision of American exceptionalism
- Ga. judge won't stop new Vidalia onion rule
- Atheists rush to stage Easter display: 'Jesus Christ is a myth'
- EDITORIAL: Intolerance at Brandeis silences Muslim dissident Hirsi Ali
- U.S. Navy to turn seawater into jet fuel
- Nevada Bundy ranch standoff could leave dirt on Harry Reid reputation
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.