White House: Bush Misspoke On Indecency Issue
April 18, 2005

Last week, while speaking to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, President Bush said that while he is in favor of indecency standards being set, he also knows that individuals ultimately must make their own decisions about what they do or do not watch. However, on Friday, a White House spokesperson announced that Bush had "misspoke" at the conference.

“All we’re saying is that he misspoke,” White House spokeswoman Jeanie Mamo said. "President Bush was merely expressing his support for legislation that passed the House … and that calls for increasing fines on broadcasters that violate indecency limits, but it did not address cable and satellite television."

In the question and answer session, the President said, "I think there ought to be a standard. On the other hand, I fully understand that the final edit, or the final decision is a parent turning off the TV... But I don't mind standards being set out for people to adjudge the content of a show, to help parents make the right decisions. Government ought to help parents, not hinder parents in sending good messages to their children."

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