CNN has a story about the racy ads in 2004.
In the home stretch of 2004, the Federal Communications Commission, the official enforcer of the nation's anti-smut standards, has so far received more than a million complaints about public radio and television programming. That's a record and so is the close to $8 million in fines levied, half of them against Clear Channel Communications and Viacom.
Has the media become more dirty minded, or is there more to the story?
MediaWeek, an entertainment industry trade journal, reported last week that just about 100 percent of the complaints filed in 2003 and 2004 (not counting the 530,000 official gripes over the Janet Jackson episode) were filed by the Parents Television Council, a 10 year-old group boasting more than a million members whose self-described goal is "to restore television to its roots as an independent and socially responsible entertainment medium."
Interesting. Be sure to take a look at the section on 2004's banned ads.