Religious, family groups target Boston Public


Family and children's-advocacy groups are asking Federal Communications
Commission chairman Michael Powell to investigate whether Fox program Boston
has violated the commission's indecency rules.

'Boston Public and its ilk do not belong in prime time when any child
in America can see them,' the groups said in their letter.

Organizations signing on to the complaint include Focus on the Family, the
National Association of Evangelicals, Morality in Media, the Christian
Coalition, the Family Research Council and others.

Boston Public story lines they criticized specially include:

\u0007 A female candidate for class president performing oral sex on a male
opponent for his support.

\u0007 A student earning extra money as a stripper.

\u0007 A teacher's affair with a student.

\u0007 A deceased teacher's journal describing sexual fantasies about a young

\u0007 A young teacher boasting that the best part of an affair with a recent
graduate was the feeling of power.

The groups used the letter to lambaste Fox and parent News Corp. Rupert
Murdoch in general, noting that in 1999, William Bennett warded Fox with the
'Silver Sewer Award.'