Kerry on Indecency: Leave Cable Alone


When it comes to indecency issues, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) is apparently in cable’s camp.

The Democrats’ presumptive presidential candidate, speaking during an interview slated to debut on C-SPAN Sunday, said he does not favor government intervention in what people should be able to buy for viewing in the privacy of their own homes.

“I think there is a distinction between public broadcast and the notions we’ve had historically about family time, family hour and what you buy privately and personally,” he told C-SPAN executive vice president and co-chief operating officer Susan Swain in a transcript provided by the public-affairs network.

“I am not in favor of government interference and censorship and restriction of what an individual privately can decide to do in their home, in their own space, so to speak,” he added.

At the same time, Kerry also seemed to back the moves being made to revise indecency standards on the free, over-the-air side of the ledger, “where you have children involved -- where you have a broader cross-section of the public where there is sort of a sense of family time or hour,” he said.

To that end, he felt that the reaction to Janet Jackson’s breast-baring incident at halftime of Super Bowl XXXIX was justified.

For more on Kerry, please see Mike Reynolds’ story on page six of Monday’s edition of Multichannel News.