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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Patrick A. Trueman
The future of long-standing government bans on obscenity and nudity on the airwaves soon could become much clearer as President Obama's pick to head the Federal Communications Commission faces a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday — one day before the public comment period on the policy ends.
A group against pornography has put Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in its cross hairs, placing him at the top of a list of national offenders at fault for furthering the X-rated industry.
As Republicans flocked south for their convention in a city notorious for its "gentlemen's clubs," the GOP was set to adopt official platform language calling for strict enforcement of federal obscenity laws, including those concerning illegal distribution of pornography on the Internet, motel and cable TV and even retail stores.
Child-welfare advocates are still fuming over Amazon.com's online offering of a "guidebook" to being a pedophile by an author who says he wishes to give "that particular sexuality" a more benign face.
"If you think TV is bad now, just wait until the FCC all but sanctions nudity and profanity, permitting both as long as they are 'isolated,' whatever that means," Patrick A. Trueman, president and chief executive of Morality in Media, said in a recent email to supporters.
"So we want [Mr. Wheeler] grilled on whether he will enforce the law and side with the American public, or continue [the previous FCC chairman's] path and please the networks," said Mr. Trueman, a former federal prosecutor of sex and obscenity crimes.