Because of unrelenting efforts from 1MM and other conservative organizations, the Federal Budget passed by Congress earlier this month includes a mandate to the FCC. The FCC has 90 days to report to Congress on the accuracy and reliability of the TV ratings and on the TV Ratings Oversight Monitoring Board’s responsiveness to public concerns about misrated content.
This is a huge! Without your support and activism, this would not have happened!
But the real battle lies ahead. You see, because of this mandate, the FCC has opened a “public comment” period where anybody can weigh-in on this proceeding. That means concerned parents, grandparents, and citizens like you can comment. But so can Hollywood.
We need you to take action today by filing a public comment supporting better accuracy, more transparency, and more accountability in the administration of the TV ratings.
The deadline for filing comments is just days away. Please act NOW. There’s no time to waste. We have one week to file our comments with the FCC and let our voice be heard!
1MM urgently needs you to send a personal comment to the FCC, letting them know that the TV ratings have failed your family.
How to file a formal comment via the FCC's website:
The FCC will not accept general email comments. To be valid, you are required to file a formal comment via the FCC’s website.
*** You must also use a computer instead of a mobile device since the FCC site requires you to press enter instead of return.
Please follow these instructions carefully, to ensure your comment is accepted by the FCC:
Step 1: Go to https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express
Step 2: In the Proceeding(s) box, enter the code 19-41. Fill out the remaining required fields.
Step 3: Enter your comments in the text box provided. Click the Continue to review screen button.
Step 4: Lastly, review your comment and click Submit.
Here are a few talking points:
- Graphic sex, violence and profanity are routinely rated as appropriate for children as young as 14, and even younger.
- The deck is stacked against families –most of the people that sit on the oversight board work in the entertainment industry! Not only that, they are the same people who are rating the shows in the first place!
- If the purpose of the TV ratings was to protect children from harmful TV content, the effect has been almost the exact opposite. TV content has gotten worse since the ratings were introduced.
- I rely on the TV ratings for my family, but the ratings must be accurate –and they aren’t.
- I long ago gave up on using the TV ratings to choose programming for my family, because they were so inaccurate and unreliable.
- The only ones who have benefitted from the TV ratings –is the entertainment industry. They’ve been pumping more and more graphic sex and violence into America’s living rooms and saying that it’s okay, because “at least we rated it!”
- Since the ratings were introduced, G-rated programming has virtually disappeared from primetime, and nothing, in the networks’ opinion, is bad enough to get an MA rating.
- The ratings are inconsistent and unpredictable! Sometimes the same episode of the same show gets a different rating depending on what network airs it.
- The TV industry has not been up-front about how the oversight process works. When does the TVOMB meet? How often? Where? What do they talk about? What happens when I complain about a show’s rating? Why would I file a complaint when I have no assurance that anything is going to change?
- The entertainment ratings system is controlled by the entertainment industry itself.
Feel free to use these talking points when you file a formal comment via the FCC’s website.