FCC Chairman Dennis Patrick's self-serving defense of his agency's policies concerning the Fairness Doctrine and obscenity managed to plumb new depths of double talk (Saturday Letters, Dec. 12). Ironically, and I'm sure unwittingly, Patrick reinforces rather than refutes Howard Rosenberg's trenchant observations about the FCC's hypocrisy.
It is true, as Patrick says, that "the First Amendment does not guarantee us a fair press--only a free press, relying upon the people to discern truth from conflicting perspectives (even unfair ones)."
But I enjoy exactly the same right when it comes to "indecency" or "obscenity." Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that only political speech is protected, nor is there any legislation or case law which clearly defines what is "indecent" or "obscene."
I don't consider a naked body obscene, but the gratuitous murder that is the basis of much of our television programming, in my view, is. I don't consider as obscene four-letter words, or language describing biological functions.