Image source: The New York Times

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is accusing the Obama administration of being weak on prosecuting pornographers. Standing behind a claim that appeared on his website last week, the candidate tells CNN’s Candy Crowley the president isn’t doing enough.

 

“My conclusion is they have not put a priority on prosecuting these cases and in doing so, they are exposing children to tremendous amount of harm.”

 

Although he cites no specific statistics, Santorum says the Bush administration was much tougher on pornographers. His website goes as far as to say...

 

“While the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families, that will change under a Santorum Administration.”

 

This is hardly social conservatives’ first push for cracking down on the porn industry. In 1969, the Supreme Court ruled the First Amendment prohibits states from criminalizing private possession of obscene material. But Fox News’ Greg Gutfield says times have changed.

 

“Sure, things were different back when porn meant sneaking a look at a barber shop Playboy, but today the engine of delivery has changed. The Internet now pipes porn freely into your home. The crud makes playboy look like Highlights.”

 

But a writer for Forbes labels Santorum’s focus on pornography pandering and impractical.

 

“Porn is not going to go away. The porn industry is very careful not to violate laws protecting underaged boys and girls from being exploited for porn. If porn is made with underaged performers, those responsible for the project do get caught and do go to prison."

 

The porn industry has also responded to Santorum’s call for a crackdown. Joanna Angel — who has starred in many adult films and now owns her own XXX-film company — told the New York Daily News her business is legitimate and that she hopes the White House will put more emphasis on economic issues.

 

"Pornographers aren't trying to hurt anyone... At this point, we're all just trying to keep our jobs. We are already hurt economically by not being allowed to be sold on iTunes, Netflix, or Amazon - do you really need to threaten to take away the few areas of distribution we have left?”

 

Although Santorum’s emphasis on pornography has caused a stir, his website points out he only wants to more vigorously enforce existing laws. Those would include a ban on the distribution of hardcore Internet pornography or through cable and satellite TV.

Santorum Calls Obama Admin. Weak on Pornographers

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Mar 18, 2012

Santorum Calls Obama Admin. Weak on Pornographers

Image source: The New York Times

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum is accusing the Obama administration of being weak on prosecuting pornographers. Standing behind a claim that appeared on his website last week, the candidate tells CNN’s Candy Crowley the president isn’t doing enough.

 

“My conclusion is they have not put a priority on prosecuting these cases and in doing so, they are exposing children to tremendous amount of harm.”

 

Although he cites no specific statistics, Santorum says the Bush administration was much tougher on pornographers. His website goes as far as to say...

 

“While the Obama Department of Justice seems to favor pornographers over children and families, that will change under a Santorum Administration.”

 

This is hardly social conservatives’ first push for cracking down on the porn industry. In 1969, the Supreme Court ruled the First Amendment prohibits states from criminalizing private possession of obscene material. But Fox News’ Greg Gutfield says times have changed.

 

“Sure, things were different back when porn meant sneaking a look at a barber shop Playboy, but today the engine of delivery has changed. The Internet now pipes porn freely into your home. The crud makes playboy look like Highlights.”

 

But a writer for Forbes labels Santorum’s focus on pornography pandering and impractical.

 

“Porn is not going to go away. The porn industry is very careful not to violate laws protecting underaged boys and girls from being exploited for porn. If porn is made with underaged performers, those responsible for the project do get caught and do go to prison."

 

The porn industry has also responded to Santorum’s call for a crackdown. Joanna Angel — who has starred in many adult films and now owns her own XXX-film company — told the New York Daily News her business is legitimate and that she hopes the White House will put more emphasis on economic issues.

 

"Pornographers aren't trying to hurt anyone... At this point, we're all just trying to keep our jobs. We are already hurt economically by not being allowed to be sold on iTunes, Netflix, or Amazon - do you really need to threaten to take away the few areas of distribution we have left?”

 

Although Santorum’s emphasis on pornography has caused a stir, his website points out he only wants to more vigorously enforce existing laws. Those would include a ban on the distribution of hardcore Internet pornography or through cable and satellite TV.

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